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  • Blue in the Face

    Blue in the Face 1995

    ★★★ Watched 04 May, 2016

    Blue In The Face feels like a Boxing Day dinner.

    A sort of 'after the Lord Mayor's show' affair filled with leftovers and bits of stuff that didn't really belong in Smoke, its mostly improvised gimmick and use of many different 'characters' and no real central plot leaves it open to being very much a mixed bag - and that's very much what it is.

    So instead of trying to rabbit on and failing to form them all into coherent…

  • Smoke

    Smoke 1995

    ★★★★ Watched 03 May, 2016 2

    Another semi-regular dip back into what I call my 'film growth' days.

    I don't even know if that phrase actually makes any sense, but it was a film I watched during the mid to late 90s when I was starting to develop some semblance of a taste for particular kinds movies that I like. I guess I would have watched Smoke (and Blue In The Face) as a result of a good write-up in Empire and also because it had…

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  • 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…

  • 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…