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  • WWE WrestleMania 31

    WWE WrestleMania 31 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 30 Mar, 2015 11

    A fantastic WrestleMania once again that delivered in every single match that it had on board.

    Starting with a decent ladder match that predictably saw Daniel Bryan take home the Intercontinental Championship, it was a match that probably had too many people in and saw Bryan looking genuinely as though his career is winding down. I'm just glad the appalling Dolph Ziggler didn't win. He couldn't steal a feather duster from a blind man's hardware store. He's shit.


  • Sleep Tight

    Sleep Tight 2011

    ★★★½ Watched 29 Mar, 2015 2

    Springcrime - The April & May Project

    I can't believe he gave that potato pie to the dog.

    Sleep Tight wasn't going to be a part of my latest project, it was only something I was watching because I had been meaning to watch it for a couple of years now and also because it was expiring on BBC iPlayer tonight. But because it is technically a crime film, I put it in this project anyway.

    It's also a notably nasty…

  • The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

    The Taking of Pelham One Two Three 1974

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 28 Mar, 2015 2

    Yeah, I watched it again. Problem with that?

    This time I have three really good reasons for doing so.

    1) It sort of ties in nicely with my current project.

    2) I've been asked to write an article about film soundtracks for a friend's website and I decided to choose this one as the subject, so I had to watch it for research.

    3) Well, because it's The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three.

    I probably can't come up with…

  • Sparrow

    Sparrow 2008

    Watched 27 Mar, 2015 5

    Springcrime - The April & May Project

    So, I brought this project forward by a few days after having to abandon the 30 Countries one - and almost immediately wished that I hadn't bothered.

    Starting with an amazingly awful opening scene where Simon Lam befriends the titular bird with some of the worst silent acting I've ever seen, it really gets no better after that. Half an hour later I was asleep and when I awoke I found myself really thankful…

  • Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

    Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol 2011

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 25 Mar, 2015 1

    I had to break off my around the world trip for March because I'm just not going to finish it. The final straw being a flu/virus type thing that I came down with today that probably wouldn't take too kindly to a Polish 1950s existential drama.

    So comfortable rewatches it is - and it's Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. Again. For the third time. And I only saw it for the first time back in December.

    I have to say…

  • The Virgin Spring

    The Virgin Spring 1960

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Mar, 2015 13

    The World Is More Than Enough 3: You Haven't Seen That Yet?!

    15/30 - Sweden

    Why don't you tell us what you really mean, Ingmar?!

    Bergman sticks his boot firmly in the arse of religion in The Virgin Spring, giving it such a gargantuan shoeing that I'm surprised it survived at all. Unfortunately, it did, but you have to hand it to the chap for giving it a shot anyway. Considering this film was made in the very early 1960s,…

  • A Bittersweet Life

    A Bittersweet Life 2005

    ★★★ Watched 23 Mar, 2015 4

    The World Is More Than Enough 3: You Haven't Seen That Yet?!

    14/30 - South Korea

    My relationship with Jee-woon Kim continues to be an up-and-down one even though I've now liked three out of the four films I've seen from him.

    A Bittersweet Life suffered from one of the problems that I had with the ridiculous I Saw The Devil in that people in this really didn't know how to die. I mean, Byung-hun Lee gets shot in the…

  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    The Umbrellas of Cherbourg 1964

    Watched 23 Mar, 2015 7

    The World Is More Than Enough 3: You Haven't Seen That Yet?!

    13/30 - France


    What am I going to do about musicals? I'm not a fan. I've never been a fan. There have been a few that have sat well with me - Cry Baby is great, similarly Little Shop Of Horrors. Oh, and The Wizard Of Oz. Of course.

    I chose The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg very carefully as my next musical. It's French and it's got Catherine…

  • The Fourth Man

    The Fourth Man 1983

    ★★★ Watched 22 Mar, 2015 4

    The World Is More Than Enough 3: You Haven't Seen That Yet?!

    12/30 - The People's Republic Of Hasselmania

    Once Jeroen Krabbe shows off his beef bong within the first 5 minutes, you know instantly you're watching a Paul Verhoeven film.

    The rest of the time? Well, it's not so familiarly a Verhoeven film. It actually exhibits traits that he simply isn't all that well known for, the main one being subtlety. Of course, this being the first pre-Hollywood film…

  • The Servant

    The Servant 1963

    ★★★★½ Watched 17 Mar, 2015 2

    The World Is More Than Enough 3: You Haven't Seen That Yet?!

    11/30 - United Kingdom

    An apt film for the British leg of this project, I think.

    I wanted something this year that actually felt like a British film, where its nationality actually mattered to the film as a whole, rather than just picking a film that was made in the UK. After all, I watch British films all the time and I didn't want just another one for…

  • The Skin I Live In

    The Skin I Live In 2011

    ★★★ Watched 16 Mar, 2015

    The World Is More Than Enough 3: You Haven't Seen That Yet?!

    10/30 - Spain

    In many ways, The Skin I Live In is the most difficult review I've faced for quite some time.

    I've commented before that the films I absolutely love are the most difficult ones to write about. Being able to put into words exactly what it is about them that means so much is a genuine challenge to me. But perhaps there is something to be…

  • A Somewhat Gentle Man

    A Somewhat Gentle Man 2010

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Mar, 2015 15

    The World Is More Than Enough 3: You Haven't Seen That Yet?!

    9/30 - Norway

    Third time lucky for A Somewhat Gentle Man. Or for me?

    I had this film scheduled as my Norwegian leg of my 30 Countries tour the last two years only to have to move it on both occasions - last year because I just ran out of time to do feature length films and the previous year because I couldn't get hold of it. I…