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  • Das Boot

    Das Boot 1981

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 24 Aug, 2016 1

    "How long is Das Boot, exactly?"

    I'm not sure where Mark got his copy because I'm not aware of a four and a half hour long version. There's a five hour version, but that's not the one I watched, which was the three and a half hour version they have on Mubi currently.

    It's one of those films where there are about half a million dozen different versions knocking about and where nobody can agree on what the best version…

  • Wayne's World

    Wayne's World 1992

    ★★★★ Rewatched 23 Aug, 2016 18

    Alice Cooper's finest performance outside of 'Street Schizo'.

    It's easy to forget, even if you lived through the time when Wayne's World was at the height of its popularity, during the release of this and its excellent sequel, just how massive Wayne's World was. It was absolutely everywhere. Mike Myers and Dana Carvey were everywhere. Everyone did the catchphrases. Parodies were made of its most famous scenes. The films made a fortune. They even did some video games of it.…

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 15 May, 2015 40

    What makes a 5 star film?

    There are lots of different criteria floating around for what makes one. By their own admission, some people are a lot freer with dishing out such a grading whilst others insist a film practically has to become their all time favourite to receive full marks.

    It is, of course, completely dependent on the individual. I've often wondered if I am quite strict or quite liberal with the amount of times I've handed out full…

  • The Shining

    The Shining 1980

    ★★★★★ Added 13

    I think that The Shining is, outside of one of its major plot points, a pretty good name for this film. It's a shining example of why no filmmaker should feel obliged to as closely mirror a book as possible when doing an adaptation.

    When Stanley Kubrick released The Shining, Stephen King famously decried it, saying that it hardly resembled his novel at all. Quite often since then people have suggested that King simply does not understand cinema, an opinion…