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  • Tale of Tales

    Tale of Tales 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 19 Jun, 2016

    Part Del Toro, part Cronenberg by way of Rob Reiner, this Italian set series of fairy tales has many a twisted take on "they all lived happily ever after". First there is Salma Hayek and John C Reilly, a queen and king desperate for a child who are prepared to do anything. Even invo]ving sea monsters, offal and virgin chefs. Then there are two sisters, the brilliantly and ever creepy Shirley Henderson and Hayley Carmichael, who attract the attention of…

  • Deadpool

    Deadpool 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 18 Jun, 2016

    I love this film. It is a big bundle of fun and has turned my ambivalence towards Ryan Reynolds to an actual like. Great, witty script, especially the opening credits and the nod to Bueller at the end plus supporting characters with a life of their own - particularly the comedy sidekick barguy, TJ Miller and the hot chick, Morena Baccarin. The Marvel/X-Men nods are there, with plenty of meta/4th wall breaking refernces to the films and their casts and there are some great stunts. I do wish more Marvel films could be R/15 rated if this is the result

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  • A Field in England

    A Field in England 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 06 Jul, 2013

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Ben Wheatley's foray into a field in the Civil War draws you in from start to finish. Reece Sheersmith (Whitehead) is an alchemist, sent by his master to find a fellow alchemist & thief, O'Neill (Michael Smiley in top evil form). He is aided in his quest by three everyman soldiers whose ultimate aim is to go to the pub.

    I am a great fan of Wheatley's previous work and he has outdone himself with this. At times both beautiful and…

  • Carol

    Carol 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 04 Jan, 2016 11

    Sublime. Beautiful. Mesmeric. And such perfect leads, both a mix of vulnerable and bravado. Also the costume, cinematography, direction - and the score! Wonderful. I also loved Haynes' focus on how the interactions between women are made to seem unimportant by the men in this film, almost trivial and yet the opposite is true. It's the small things that matter, like a smile across a crowded restaurant.