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  • Jack Reacher

    Jack Reacher 2012

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 27 Apr, 2016

    Gets better pretty much every time I watch it. Splendidly bleak at times with a superb ending and some jet-black humour, it's a just a fantastic film.

    Also, and as this still isn't being appreciated nearly as much as it should be, IT'S GOT WERNER HERZOG IN IT DEMANDING A DUDE BITE HIS OWN FINGERS OFF.

  • Bastille Day

    Bastille Day 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 27 Apr, 2016 8

    We're a bit short of new action franchises, aren't we?

    We just can't seem to get one going. Now I'm not saying that it's the faultless of endless superhero and comic book movies....but it's the fault of endless superhero and comic book movies. Bastille Day comes out just as another stupid Captain America film comes out, so obviously no bastard is going to see it, and it's another possible action franchise that disappears into the ether. If you don't all…

  • Bat*21

    Bat*21 1988

    ★★★½ Rewatched 25 Apr, 2016 6

    Having reviewed one film earlier which is much better in its first half, here's one that goes the other way.

    Of course, that's generally the progression with war films, the most exciting stuff happens in the second half and the film improves at that point. Bat*21 actually starts pretty well as Gene Hackman's countermeasures expert gets shot down in enemy territory. But then it suffers from a stodgy and largely slow section somewhere around the middle where not a lot…

  • Midnight Special

    Midnight Special 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Apr, 2016

    It's a strange feeling to really enjoy a film, rate it 4 stars, but be left wondering what could have been.

    But when I watch a film of the quality of Take Shelter, my expectations for all those involved rises unreasonably. I haven't seen any of Jeff Nichols' other films, clearly another one of my stupid movie watching oversights, but in many ways Midnight Special feels like a bit more than a spiritual successor.

    However, I will try and explain…

  • The Siege of Firebase Gloria

    The Siege of Firebase Gloria 1989

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Apr, 2016

    All We Want To Do Is Come Home: The Springtime In Vietnam Project

    Full Metal Jacket 2: Hartman Sheds A Tear.

    Reportedly written by R. Lee Ermey and directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith, one of the most difficult to predict directors of the last 40 years, it was impossible to know how The Siege Of Firebase Gloria would turn out. A teaming of a former Vietnam veteran and a film director noted for over-the-top action films (at this point) seemed like…

  • The Invitation

    The Invitation 2015

    Watched 20 Apr, 2016 2

    An hour and twenty minutes of absolutely fuck all.

    Then bang, stab, wallop.... oh no babes, look out there!

    The Inshitation, more like.

  • Phoenix

    Phoenix 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Apr, 2016 10

    This is a film that really does put almost all its eggs in one basket.

    It essentially lives or dies by whether or not you believe that Ronald Zehrfeld wouldn't figure out that Nina Hoss IS his wife. It doesn't hedge any bets at all - that's it. If you don't buy it, then I don't really see how this film can work for you at all, regardless of how exceptional Hoss is. Just as she always is, in fact.…

  • Eye in the Sky

    Eye in the Sky 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Apr, 2016

    I blame a disappointing experience with a round of toast for what was on my mind for a lot of my viewing of Eye In The Sky.

    For as long as that little girl had bread on her table, I just kept thinking how nice it looked and that I really wanted to just bloody eat loads of it. Yesterday I had a couple of slices of toast from a typically shitty Warburton's loaf (had nothing else in) and seeing…

  • First Kill

    First Kill 2001

    ★★★½ Watched 18 Apr, 2016 2

    All We Want To Do Is Come Home: The Springtime In Vietnam Project

    A disturbing documentary that takes in the differing accounts of several men who fought during the Vietnam War.

    It's a piece that suffers for quite some time under the rather drab reminiscences of journalist Michael Herr, who was also a contributing writer to Full Metal Jacket. I'm not really sure why the documentary is constructed around his thoughts on the conflict, it really should just have focused…

  • Jurassic Park III

    Jurassic Park III 2001

    ★★½ Watched 17 Apr, 2016 7

    Sunday Munch!

    Everything about Jurassic Park III drips with half-arsedness.

    Indeed, if it didn't have some decently popular actors in it and some semblance of a budget, it would look like one of those SyFy knock-offs. The dinosaurs look way shitter, it's about half an hour shorter (which is a good thing, I should point out), and there's no effort gone into the plot at all. It's just fucking rubbish, really.

    However, unlike The Lost World, which plods on and…

  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park

    The Lost World: Jurassic Park 1997

    ★★ Watched 17 Apr, 2016 10

    Sunday Munch!

    In which Jeff Goldblum acts the shit out of getting on a subway train.

    I had never really had much intention of watching any of the sequels to Jurassic Park, having rarely heard much positive said about them. But with the realisation that, when it comes to monster movies, I often am a lot more forgiving of these kinds of films than most, I thought it would be daft to not give all of them at least one…

  • Bunny Lake Is Missing

    Bunny Lake Is Missing 1965

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Apr, 2016

    Just what do you think you're doing, Dave?

    Despite not having seen it until yesterday, for the many years of intention I had towards watching Bunny Lake Is Missing, it always looked and sounded like it would be the perfect companion piece for the exceptional Seance On A Wet Afternoon. And so it proves to be the case.

    But while Seance On A Wet Afternoon strengthens as it proceeds, hurtling towards one of the most memorably performed finales I have…