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  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 1954

    Watched 23 Apr, 2014 1

    I fell asleep about half an hour into this and then I woke up and Peter Lorre was being butted in the arse by a seal and I've no idea if I'm still dreaming now.

  • Blazing Saddles 1974

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 22 Apr, 2014 5

    Truly, truly great comedy doesn't just have the ability to make almost everyone who watches or listens to it laugh, but it also has the ability to make them laugh in different ways.

    Or at different aspects of it. When I watch Blazing Saddles, what always makes me laugh most of all is the turn of phrase that so many of the characters have here. It's absolutely marvellous. A really good, original turn of phrase is something that I have…

  • Skyfall 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Apr, 2014 4

    As largely entertaining as Skyfall is, the James Bond series really does feel as though it is going through a transitional period all the way through this film.

    I was about halfway through Casino Royale when I realised that I could wave goodbye to the James Bond that I grew up with and that Bond was now a series looking to emulate and overhaul the excellent original Jason Bourne trilogy. Hey look, it's Albert Finney! It's almost like they're trying…

  • Romancing the Stone 1984

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 20 Apr, 2014 10

    This is my 1000th review on Letterboxd.

    When I discovered that I was coming up to my 1000th review a few days ago, I did wonder to myself what film I should review to mark me getting to a grand.

    I thought that maybe it would be a good idea to watch and review one of my all time favourites, but I had covered those relatively recently. I wondered if it might be a good idea to try and watch…

  • Shooting the Past 1999

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 20 Apr, 2014 5

    Shooting The Past isn't a film, it was a three part mini-series that aired on the BBC in 1999 and one year later I watched it in full as part of my university course.

    Even though I loved university, I can't really remember the reason why we watched it as part of my course. I just remember the lecturer popping it on for three consecutive lectures, presumably so he could pop out and smoke instead of actually teaching us anything…

  • Black Sunday 1977

    ★★★★½ Watched 19 Apr, 2014 3

    No, not the Mario Bava one. There are no blimps in that one. Are there?

    It was interesting reading some of the material around relating to the release of Black Sunday, and of particular interest to me was the reported reaction to a test screening that Paramount did for the film back in 1977. The Wikipedia entry for this film (yes, I know, but still) claims that industry insiders believed, based on that reaction, that Black Sunday would be 'the…

  • The House of the Devil 2009

    ★★½ Added 12

    I've been thinking a lot about the review I did for this film yesterday quite a lot overnight and this morning and I think I was slightly harsh on this film.

    I think I've reviewed it far too much on issues I had with it rather than whether I enjoyed it or not. The fact is that even though it is still ridiculously slowly built up and the ending 15 minutes or so are still a really disappointing pay-off, I…

  • The House of the Devil 2009

    ★½ Watched 18 Apr, 2014 3


    What kind of nobhead puts their earphones on when they're expecting a pizza delivery?

    The only experience I've had of Ti West's directorial work to date was his segment of V/H/S, an absolutely piss-poor effort that was easily the worst of the main parts of that anthology. I've also seen him acting in the mediocre You're Next and Drinking Buddies, which is possibly my favourite film of the year so far.

    So, and taking into consideration…

  • Funeral in Berlin 1966

    ★★★ Watched 17 Apr, 2014 9

    For some reason whenever I see the title of this it always puts Holiday In Cambodia by Dead Kennedys in my head. Which is fine by me.

    It's interesting to me to see Guy Hamilton directing a Harry Palmer film whilst in the middle of the four James Bond films he directed. The differences between the two franchises were quite marked to say the least. The Harry Palmer films were far slower and more considered than the Bond films tended…

  • Secretary 2002

    ★★★★ Watched 17 Apr, 2014 12

    I'm afraid this is going to be one of those reviews where I end up going on and on and on about someone in it rather than being about the actual film. Sorry.

    It seems to be quite a personal trait. Whenever I read reviews from people on my activity page, they may well pay some attention to the performances and the people in it but they can usually reign themselves in to the point where they actually mention other…

  • 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.