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  • Election

    Election 1999

    ★★½ Watched 02 Dec, 2016

    I've never rated Reese Witherspoon as an actor at all and Election really underlined this issue for me.

    Her ridiculous mugging and over-reactions to certain parts of the film not only got on my tits but were completely at odds with what her character should have been like. While she should have been a quiet schemer who flew off the handle a couple of times to outline the obsessiveness of her character, instead she spends much of her performance pulling…

  • The Edge of Seventeen

    The Edge of Seventeen 2016

    ★★★★★ Watched 01 Dec, 2016 10

    The 52 Films Directed By Women Project

    20/52

    Quite often, when I watch a truly great film for the first time, I find myself inspired to do things I haven't done before or haven't done for a long time.

    The Edge Of Seventeen had me inspired to write a screenplay. I have written screenplays in the past, back when I was in my early twenties and wasn't as yet ensconced within the world of reviewing Lexi Belle's latest movie or…

  • Carol

    Carol 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 30 Nov, 2016

    The Letterboxd Era Catch-Up Project

    One of my favourite things on Letterboxd in the last year or so has been regularly checking the page which lists which of my friends on here have seen Carol.

    I do this solely to see how many more times Ella has seen it since I last checked, and also to see if she's seen it more than I've seen Rogue Nation. She's beating me 12 to 9 at this juncture, so for all of…

  • Frances Ha

    Frances Ha 2012

    Watched 29 Nov, 2016 16

  • The Collector

    The Collector 1965

    ★★★½ Watched 29 Nov, 2016

    As I've said before, I am not irritated by more in film criticism than when things are lambasted for having aged badly.

    I could well see that criticism being used for The Collector but about one scene in particular, that being the scene where Terence Stamp finds out he's won a "fortune" on the football pools - £71,000! That doesn't mean the film has aged badly, just that inflation makes that sum seem somewhat paltry these days in comparison. I…

  • No Escape

    No Escape 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 29 Nov, 2016 8

    The Letterboxd Era Catch-Up Project

    You'll never guess what happens....

    No Escape was a film I nearly went to see about six times last year when it was released as, for some reason, it seemed to be hanging around the cinemas for weeks over here. It was not something I was in a massive rush to see and that goes for it in this project as well after barely enduring John Erick Dowdle's As Above, So Below.

    He tries a…

  • The Drop

    The Drop 2014

    ★★ Watched 28 Nov, 2016 10

    The Letterboxd Era Catch-Up Project

    There comes a time in everyone's life where you suddenly wonder to yourself if maybe it's everyone else who is right and you who is wrong. That time happened to me watching The Drop.

    My presumption was, when watching this rubbish, stupid film, that this was going to have largely negative reviews when I had a look through what my friends had to say about this one here on Letterboxd. But no. Almost universal positivity.…

  • Ruby Sparks

    Ruby Sparks 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 28 Nov, 2016

    The Letterboxd Era Catch-Up Project

    The 52 Films Directed By Women Project

    19/52

    These sorts of comedies, where a bloke or blokes (or lads) invent, either accidentally or otherwise, their dream woman have never really interested me all that much.

    But I quite liked the basic idea on which Ruby Sparks sat, in that Paul Dano is a writer who sees his creation come to life and then sees her become 'programmable'. I think there was all manner of potential…

  • The Goonies

    The Goonies 1985

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 26 Nov, 2016

    You know, I hope whoever it was that wrote that headline for The Astoria Ledger got fired for that punctuation.

  • The East

    The East 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Nov, 2016

    The Letterboxd Era Catch-Up Project

    A Julia Ormond sighting!

    I'd almost completely forgotten about how massively eager I was to see The East when it came out a couple of years ago due to my enthusiasm for everything that Brit Marling was doing there. Although I didn't quite rate Sound Of My Voice as highly as some, certainly in comparison to the superb Another Earth, there was more enough evidence over those two films that Marling was a massive talent…

  • Clouds of Sils Maria

    Clouds of Sils Maria 2014

    ★★★ Watched 25 Nov, 2016

    The Letterboxd Era Catch-Up Project

    I, and anyone else, would be completely justified reviewing this film with a simple *shrug* but I think there's just about enough going on with Clouds Of Sils Maria for me to actually write some stuff about it.

    Until Kristen Stewart just disappears, it didn't look as though this film was going to be rendered largely pointless. I assumed there would be a violent jealous murder or some shocking twist that would make it all…

  • 48 Hrs.

    48 Hrs. 1982

    ★★★★ Rewatched 24 Nov, 2016 6

    Don't get me wrong, I dig some of their stuff. But I'm just not buying that Eddie Murphy would be caught dead singing anything by The Police.