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  • Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

    Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai 1999

    ★★★★ Watched 05 Jul, 2015

    My favourite samurai:-

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=slBHx5_8fms

    This is my first Jim Jarmusch film. He's always been a filmmaker that I've had a passing interest in investigating one day but, for some reason, was never massively compelled to get into his work. Obviously that's changed now!

    I'm trying not to think too much about a lot of what goes on in Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai in a way. There's a lot of symbolism at play here and a lot of…

  • The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie

    The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie 1979

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 05 Jul, 2015

    A slice of my childhood that I had almost forgotten about.

    There was a list that dearly departed Letterboxd legend and current talent scout for Leicester City Adam Cook did which was about your most watched film. When I posted my answers for that I immediately went for The Goonies, Predator, Aliens and so on - films that I watched when I was a kid over and over and still watch regularly now. Yet there was one that I completely…

  • Uncommon Valor

    Uncommon Valor 1983

    ★★½ Watched 05 Jul, 2015

    This is the trouble with freedom.

    Now that I’m not doing any more projects until October (got to do horror film month, come on!), I lapse back into some bad old filmwatching habits, such as watching crummy old 1980s action films that I know won’t be very good. But I just can’t resist them! They are a leftover from my childhood when films like Uncommon Valor would be acted out in the school playground, usually using a cricket bat as…

  • Micmacs

    Micmacs 2009

    ★★★½ Watched 04 Jul, 2015

    Ahh, sweet freedom!

    So, having finishing my science fiction project, I was cast adrift into a world of having to choose films for myself. It was a big step for a terminally indecisive man such as myself, but I had to face the world of cinema sooner or later. After a brief spell of anxiety when I came home from lunch this afternoon wondering what the hell I was supposed to watch now, I remembered that I actually have a…

  • Alien: Resurrection

    Alien: Resurrection 1997

    ★★★½ Watched 03 Jul, 2015 14

    And here ends my sci-fi project. Only 3 days over schedule, which I think is a damn fine effort. For me.

    It’s been an interesting project as well. Some expected successes (Seconds, Paprika, They Live), some dark horses (Time After Time, The Hidden, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes), some major disappointments (The Adjustment Bureau, Logan’s Run, Time Lapse) - and Flash Gordon, which belongs in a category of its own.

    Through this project I was wondering if I…

  • Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel

    Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel 2009

    ★★★ Watched 03 Jul, 2015 2

    I think I'm all burned out on time travel now.

    There's been a lot of that in the last month and a bit and Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel almost put me over my tolerance levels. But at the very least it did perhaps solve one problem, or almost solve it at least.

    I was talking on Twitter recently about people I like in films who are never in anything good and the name Anna Faris was quite central…

  • Spy

    Spy 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 03 Jul, 2015 4

    I really, really like Paul Feig.

    I'm sure that all of the recent events surrounding his proposed revival of the Ghostbusters franchise haven't been deliberately provocative on his part. But it has felt like he's doing some high class trolling of many of the, largely male, whiners bemoaning the 'fact' that his Ghostbusters film will 'destroy' the originals and 'sour the legacy' of the first two films and be an 'insult to the memory' of Harold Ramis and various other…

  • Strange Days

    Strange Days 1995

    ★★★½ Watched 02 Jul, 2015 5

    Still trying to figure out a Bam Bam Bigelow related gag for the director of this but I just can't get the wording right.

    This is the fourth Kathryn Bigelow film I've seen and there's just something about her films that irks me. And that's even the case in the two I've liked - this and Near Dark. There's something that niggles at me about them and I don't quite know what it is. I thought it might be to…

  • The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

    The Girl Who Leapt Through Time 2006

    ★★★★ Watched 01 Jul, 2015

    Imagine if Bob Beamon could leap through time.

    The most interesting thing about The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is that it's a sci-fi anime that shows complete restraint and in the end is a film that is less about the science fiction and more about the people. It's a reversal that I wasn't expecting, but a reversal that actually worked really well.

    It's a bit of a gamble for Mamoru Hosada to set up his film this way because…

  • Time Lapse

    Time Lapse 2014

    ★★ Watched 01 Jul, 2015

    I know it's not June any more and therefore this can't be the June-ar Module any more. But I only had a few films left in this project so I thought I'd finish them off before I embark on my summer not a project.

    Although if the rest of the films that I have left are as ponderous as Time Lapse, I'm going to wish very quickly that I hadn't bothered. Bradley King's thriller is a classic case of a…

  • Solaris

    Solaris 1972

    ★★★★ Watched 30 Jun, 2015 34

    Ahh, Mr. Tarkovsky. We meet at last.

    Of course, Solaris is just a film. There shouldn’t be anything daunting about watching a mere film. But when one comes along with such a lofty reputation, helmed as it was by a director whom you have heard so much about, I think you have justification to feel daunted and even overwhelmed by it.

    I came into Solaris merely as an experiment. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it and I wasn’t expecting to…

  • Seconds

    Seconds 1966

    ★★★★½ Watched 29 Jun, 2015 2

    The June-ar Module

    Don't mess with Nedrick Young's tie!

    Between 1962 and 1966, there was arguably no more in-form director around than John Frankenheimer. In that period of time he directed Birdman Of Alcatraz, The Manchurian Candidate, Seven Days In May, The Train and Seconds.

    What perhaps stops Frankenheimer from being regarded as one of the true greats is his inconsistent output after this period, and he did make a couple of truly dreadful films. Yet his output remained varied…