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  • Source Code 2011

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Apr, 2014 10

    Where the fuck were Al and Ziggy?

    The most unbelievable thing about Source Code is seeing Russell Peters playing a comedian. If only he did that in real life! Not so unbelievable is the fact that he is just as rubbish an actor as he is a stand-up comedian.

    Now I've got my anti-Russell Peters bit out of the way, on to Source Code. I have to say that after two Duncan Jones films, I'm still not completely sold on…

  • The House of Small Cubes 2008

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Apr, 2014

    Lovely and touching Japanese short that scooped the 2009 Oscar for Best Animated Short.

    I wasn't at all surprised when I had a quick glance around to see a number of people claiming that it was nothing more than pro-global warming dogma. Christ almighty. I think there are probably easier ways of making that point than making a painstakingly animated short film about a chap reminiscing over lost loves.

    Very nice indeed, but by no means should you come in to this expecting it to be anything like the usual Japanese animation that you happen across. It really isn't.

  • The Guns of Navarone 1961

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Apr, 2014

    When Quentin Tarantino made Inglourious Basterds, he did a lot more than just make another great film. He brought back the war adventure.

    It had been a sub-genre that had laid more or less dormant for many years until he came along. Not only had he made a truly great tribute to such films, admittedly with more than just a soupçon of parody thrown in for good measure, but he had made a truly great example of them himself. It…

  • The Heat 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 14 Apr, 2014 2

    I'm half-annoyed at this being good because I couldn't do a "I couldn't stand The Heat..." gag, except I didn't know how I was going to end it anyway, so yeah.

    I'm always in the market for new buddy cop films in my life so I was almost willing The Heat to be good. Before it started I did worry about the genre as a whole because I did wonder if you could really do this film really well any…

  • The Passenger 2006

    ★★★★ Watched 14 Apr, 2014

    You know those signs on public transport that say things like "Please keep the volume down when listening to music on headphones"? They should have this film showing on a loop instead. I think people would pay more attention!

    Especially if they happen to be sitting next to a goldfish, that is. This animated short from Chris Jones apparently took him around 8 years to finish and it's hard work that really does pay off for him both in terms…

  • Balance 1989

    ★★★ Watched 14 Apr, 2014

    I can certainly see why this one scooped the Oscar for Best Animated Short back in 1990.

    Exquisitely designed and intriguing throughout, this animation features a bunch of blokes who seem to be fishermen standing on a platform in the middle of nowhere, with them having to keep the platform balanced at all times or off they plunge. One of them then catches a treasure chest of some kind, and their balance is affected in more ways than one.

    It…

  • Alma 2009

    ★★★½ Watched 14 Apr, 2014 2

    I really should thank Colin and his excellent 100 Short Films Worthy Of A Watch list for making me aware of many of the marvellous short films I've watched over the last few days.

    Alma is another really good one as well, this one being an animation about a young girl who becomes fascinated by a doll in a shop window that seems to have a strangely close resemblance to her. It is creepily and amusingly done until its excellent…

  • I'll Wait for the Next One... 2002

    ★★★★½ Watched 14 Apr, 2014 5

    Oh that's harsh! How could you?!

    French short, only about 4 minutes long, about a bloke who boards a subway train and loudly announces that he's looking for love. If I tried this on the 192 bus in the morning, somebody would clobber me with their smart phone.

    The best thing about this film, aside from the end twist, is just how convincing Thomas Gaudin is with his announcement. I could easily picture him doing this speech on plenty of…

  • Gridlock 2002

    ★★★★ Watched 14 Apr, 2014

    Well this was an unexpected little delight.

    Clocking in just over 5 minutes long once you knock off the opening and end credits, it's a Belgian short about the chain of events that happens when a man trapped in a traffic jam tries to ring his family to let them know he will be late.

    There are three little twists here, all of which are unexpected but beautifully pulled off, before the film tries another one and just overreaches itself…

  • Battle Royale 2000

    ★★★★ Rewatched 13 Apr, 2014

    The subtitles for this on Netflix said that "jaunty music" was playing when Verdi's Requiem started playing. What kind of unholy fucking sacrilegious arse did these subtitles? I suppose I should be thankful it didn't put up "CHOOOON!" when Blue Danube Waltz was playing.

    This is the third time I've seen Battle Royale now and I'm actually not quite sure why I became compelled to rewatch it tonight, especially considering, y'know, there are a fair few films that I haven't…

  • Smokey and the Bandit 1977

    ★★★ Watched 12 Apr, 2014 16

    "Sum bitch" is something I really must say more often.

    I've marked Smokey And The Bandit as a first time watch here but I'm sure I probably watched this as a kid. I just can't be sure of that fact, and so therefore I'm marking this as my first time with that sum bitch The Bandit. Heh.

    I did rather enjoy it although it wasn't nearly as action packed or breakneck as I was expecting it to be. Plus the…

  • Octopussy 1983

    ★★★½ Rewatched 13 Apr, 2014

    I only gave this 2 and a half stars the last time I reviewed this. I must have had a right shitty old day. Octopussy is great fun and nobody is ever going to be able to convince me otherwise.

    * Maurice Binder's opening titles here are arguably his most pornographic yet.

    * Rita Coolidge's theme is cracking. I think that the Bond films should have branched out into themes that didn't just have the name of the film in…