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  • Universal Soldier

    Universal Soldier 1992

    ★★★★ Rewatched 24 Nov, 2015 3

    Universal Soldier was the subject of a lot of discussion at my school when it was released, but not just about the fact that it's great.

    Actually, it wasn't unique in the main conversation that was had about it. See, back then, most action films that had Dolph Lundgren on board were the subject of the 'Did You Know He Had A Big Fight On Set?' discussion.

    This discussion was mostly had about Showdown In Little Tokyo (the consensus was…

  • Sole Survivor

    Sole Survivor 1983

    ★★★ Watched 24 Nov, 2015 5

    If I hadn't already been interested in seeing this film, I would have been sold on that amazing poster itself.

    Sole Survivor reminded me of a whole lot of films, all of which were made at least 15 years after it. So either it's a hell of a lot more influential than you would believe of a relatively obscure 1980s horror thriller, or it's just a happy coincidence. There are elements of Final Destination, Unbreakable and even It Follows in…

  • Pandorum

    Pandorum 2009

    ★★★½ Watched 23 Nov, 2015 2

    This review might be mostly about Ben Foster.

    Pandorum is a strange thing, really. It's basically two films in one. One of them is an extremely confusing and boring horror mystery that makes no sense. The other one is a thoroughly entertaining action film with some great scenes and three excellent action film performances.

    The fact that it's called Pandorum would suggest that the former of these two is what the film is supposed to mostly be about. But it…

  • Circle

    Circle 2015

    ★★★ Watched 23 Nov, 2015 4

    I really am a sucker for these kinds of stupid films.

    I think, really, they sink or swim with me based on whether anybody in them can act. The main reason I really disliked the first two Cube films is because everybody in them is equally the worst actor ever to have worked in films, not to mention they both have shit endings.

    In the case of something like Exam though, most people seemed to be actually quite decent. It…

  • Louis C.K.: Live at The Comedy Store

    Louis C.K.: Live at The Comedy Store 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 23 Nov, 2015 7

    I think I've given pretty much every one of CK's specials 3 and a half stars now and this one is no different.

    Actually, it sort of is. Aside from the change of venue, which is presumably CK going back to his 'roots' sort of thing, the set itself is quite an odd one. He jumps in with a pretty shambolic but still pretty funny start, gets at his funniest in the middle, but finishes off quite weakly, which isn't…

  • Eugene Mirman: Vegan on His Way to the Complain Store

    Eugene Mirman: Vegan on His Way to the Complain Store 2015

    ★★★ Watched 23 Nov, 2015

    I don't know who this is and I've never watched Bob's Burgers.

    But this was ok. It was one of those stand-up shows that never really makes you laugh out loud but never has you thinking, "Yeah. That's not funny." Which I guess is good, right?

    In other words, probably perfect to have on in the background when you're working because it's not so bad that you have to faff around Netflix looking for something else to watch and not so good that you dispense with work and pay attention to it fully.

  • Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo

    Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 23 Nov, 2015

    Well, clearly the Amy Schumer backlash has affected her deeply as she talks about Michelle Obama trying to deal with her husband's discharge.

    It's interesting, actually, that there's not quite so much of the introspection that there was in Mostly Sex Stuff as I presumed that with the mountainous amounts of publicity she garners these days for everything she says and does that she might have explored that side of her act in a bit more detail.

    Instead she decides…

  • Iliza Shlesinger: Freezing Hot

    Iliza Shlesinger: Freezing Hot 2015

    ★★½ Watched 23 Nov, 2015

    Well, War Paint really wasn't very good but she showed enough talent during that for me to want to give this a shot.

    It's a marginal improvement but still not terribly funny. Again, there's almost no material of any weight here at all and once again she's reliant on mimicry and amusing voices to fill in the gaps, but this did at least see her try and tell more actual jokes, a couple of which were pretty good.

    I suspect…

  • Moonraker

    Moonraker 1979

    ★★★★ Rewatched 21 Nov, 2015 4

    I just want to make something clear in this review, although I said almost everything I need to say in my previous review.

    I totally get what people don't like Moonraker. It's fine. It's absolutely ridiculous with the sky-diving and Jaws' face turn and the double-take pigeon and so on. I understand, really I do.

    But it's precisely because of all those reasons and many more that I love Moonraker so, quite frankly, you can stick your objections up your arse.

    "Any higher, Mr Bond, and my ears will pop."

  • The Rig

    The Rig 2010

    Watched 22 Nov, 2015

    Sunday Munch!

    The poster for The Rig slightly reminds me of one of the greatest moments in Father Ted.

    That's because the reality in The Rig is significantly more disappointing than what the poster suggests. See, the poster suggests an oil rig being terrorised by some kind of unstoppable behemoth that's going to systematically tear that rig to pieces unless some brave rigger can somehow find a way to see it off.

    The reality is that some people on a…

  • Monsters

    Monsters 2010

    ★★★★ Rewatched 22 Nov, 2015

    Sunday Munch!

    Pretty much haven't changed my stance on Monsters since my last review. This is still a pretty splendid change of pace for the traditional monster movie that also manages to be a very solid romance at the same time, with excellent performances from Scoot McNairy and Whitney Able (Jean Seberg Scale rating - 8).

    Just one additional thing though. I once knew a complete idiot on a forum I used to go on who once proclaimed there was nothing more romantic than a petrol station at night. Maybe he was right after all?

  • Chris D'Elia: Incorrigible

    Chris D'Elia: Incorrigible 2015

    ★½ Watched 22 Nov, 2015

    It took me about 50 minutes to figure out that I was largely hating this.

    That's quite a long time to figure out you're not enjoying a stand-up show, but Chris D'Elia: Incorrigible was an odd one to me. Again, it's the first time I'd ever watched anything by D'Elia and I have to admit that he sort of fascinated me in a way.

    Perhaps the reason I didn't realise I wasn't liking this at all was because I'm not…