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  • Breathless

    Breathless

    ★★½

    The 80s and 90s Neo-Noir Project

    Probably not one of the wiser choices I made for a film selection in this project - a remake of a French New Wave film.

    Under normal circumstances I would blame Valerie Kaprisky but I think I might also have been bribed by the soundtrack that I saw listed on Wikipedia for this one, so there is also that to blame.

    Breathless isn't really bad as such, it's just rather aimless, which tends to…

  • Harold and Maude

    Harold and Maude

    ★★★★½

    Disillusionment In Sun-Drenched 1970s American New Wave Cinema: A Watching Brief

    Miles ahead of its time and about as charming and funny as anyone could realistically ask any film to be, I did get the feeling, once it had finished, that some parts of Harold And Maude had floated by me. Hence the feeling that I'm rating this slightly lower than I think it might have deserved.

    Even so, this is clearly wonderful and populated by perfectly written characters performed…

  • Cop

    Cop

    ★★

    The 80s and 90s Neo-Noir Project

    I had put this down as being watched before but having just watched this piece of crap over two sessions, I can definitively say that I haven't seen this before.

    Because it's really quite memorable, but not in any good ways. Or many good ways, at least. Any film starring Charles Durning obviously has some worth, and the ending is at least true to the story that preceded it - certainly one of the…

  • Blue Velvet

    Blue Velvet

    ★★★★½

    The 80s and 90s Neo-Noir Project

    I have seen Blue Velvet before and have remained largely aware of memorable scenes and lines from within it due to its place in popular culture.

    Even so, that hasn't stopped the line "HEINEKEN?! FUCK THAT SHIT!" swimming round and round and round in my head since I watched it this afternoon. It's times like this that I wish I was a drinker because then I could try some Heineken and see if I…

  • Death Watch

    Death Watch

    ★★★

    I must admit that I had never even heard of this before I spotted it on US Mubi last week.

    But I was quite intrigued by the premise of it, and indeed the cast. Also, despite not having much of a history with Bertrand Tavernier's films, the fact that the one film I have seen by him, The Bait, was so good it was another spur for me to take a look at this. Although I may remember that most…

  • Lake Placid

    Lake Placid

    ★★★★

    Sunday Munch!

    I know that nobody in the right mind would take a look at IMDb and claim that their ratings are in any way a reliable way of judging how good a film is or how likely it is that you would like or dislike a film.

    But it's legitimately one of the biggest mysteries to me how Lake Placid only has a paltry 5.6 as a rating on that site. I don't see that many reviews of it…

  • Waitress

    Waitress

    ★★★½

    The 52 Films Directed By Women Project - 29/52

    I’m going to make a Nobody Else Thinks The End Of Split Is The Worst Thing In Cinema History And I Don’t Belong On This Earth pie. It’s made of chicken and HATE.

    Waitress was, in a fair few ways, quite a fitting film to have been watching yesterday. Even more so when the excellent and sure-footed ending was fired at me with such conviction that, while life affirming, it made…

  • Sing

    Sing

    ★★

    You're perfectly within your rights to call this crap. But how many times are you going to experience Matthew McConaughey as a bow-tie wearing koala bear music promoter singing Call Me Maybe to punk porcupine Scarlett Johansson?

    Almost never.

  • Breakdown

    Breakdown

    ★★★★

    The 80s and 90s Neo-Noir Project

    Breakdown was the cross between Duel and Bad Day At Black Rock we never knew we needed but are sure as hell glad we got.

    I seem to remember Breakdown rather sneaking out under the radar back when it was released. There hadn't been much fanfare about it despite its decent sized budget and the presence of Kurt Russell in the lead role, but after it gained a whole host of positive reviews, it…

  • Moka

    Moka

    ★★★

    Mubi are doing a short season of French films from the last couple of years, several of which I will be ploughing through at my leisure in the next week or so.

    The first of them is this revenge drama from the relatively unknown director Frédéric Mermoud. I wouldn't imagine that this is likely to put him on the international map or anything as it is a fairly standard and occasionally plodding film, if quite intriguing and well acted for…

  • Split

    Split

    ★★★½

    me before the last shot of split

    M. Night Shyamalan's reputation precedes him. But not necessarily in a good way.

    No matter how Split and films beyond it may or may not pan out, he has become a victim of his own success in the eyes of many. I'm sure I wasn't the only one sat in a well populated screening waiting for the twist. Waiting and waiting for the moment where it was going to happen. Perking up at…

  • A Hard Day

    A Hard Day

    ★★★★

    I'm starting to reap the benefits of successfully gaining access to foreign versions of Mubi. And to think I didn't even know there was such a thing a week ago!

    I wouldn't say A Hard Day was an instant addition to my watchlist when I spotted it on US Mubi a few days ago. I have had a bit of a mixed time with Korean crime thrillers over the last few years, which I guess is understandable to a certain…