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  • In Order of Disappearance

    In Order of Disappearance 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 25 May, 2015

    Springcrime - The April & May Project

    I think I like the cut of Hans Petter Moland's jib.

    The blackly comic crime stylings of the splendid A Somewhat Gentle Man are replicated to a certain extent for In Order Of Disappearance. The difference here is that the comedy is transferred from another Stellan Skarsgård weight-of-the-world riddled character pretty much wholesale to the villains of the piece.

    The comedy is also a lot darker and this is, really, more of a serious…

  • Body Heat

    Body Heat 1981

    ★★★½ Watched 24 May, 2015

    Springcrime - The April & May Project

    This movie gave me anxiety about the summer and how I'm going to cope with the heat, and I'm not even shagging Kathleen Turner. FML.

    Body Heat was a distraction in that the music in it, provided by John Barry, just appeared to be him remixing his soundtrack from Moonraker. All I could picture was Corinne Clery getting mauled to death by dogs and Roger Moore hurling a bloke through a grand piano.


  • Total Recall

    Total Recall 1990

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 23 May, 2015 6

    Kicking off a bunch of sci-fi rewatches that I'll be doing to accompany my June sci-fi project with a reliable old favourite.

    To be honest, each time I watch Total Recall now I wonder why it took me so long to really love it. The first few watches were confusing for some reason but once you stop being a confounded moron and realise just how simple the main plot is, the rest slots into place.

    The special effects are still…

  • A History of Violence

    A History of Violence 2005

    ★★★½ Watched 23 May, 2015 6

    Springcrime - The April & May Project

    I feel like A History Of Violence is two very good films that David Cronenberg failed to make into the excellent whole it should have been.

    Small town American crime thrillers always feel to me like they never really have that much room for manoeuvre. They always seem cast in the same mould. Not that that's necessarily a bad thing, I've enjoyed many of them. With A History Of Violence, Cronenberg does actually find…

  • Eastern Promises

    Eastern Promises 2007

    ★★★★ Watched 22 May, 2015 2

    Springcrime - The April & May Project

    There are certain directors I really like who, for one reason or another, I have barely delved into since arriving on Letterboxd.

    I really like David Cronenberg. My liking of him has been wholly based on his body horror films, I have rarely delved into his films when they have not been about that kind of thing. It doesn't always work out well - eXistenZ (cor, what a pain in the arse that is…

  • Hard Eight

    Hard Eight 1996

    ★★★★½ Watched 21 May, 2015 5

    Springcrime - The April & May Project

    But they do turn.

    The wheels, that is. Slowly. For, you see, considering it took me so bloody long to watch my first Paul Thomas Anderson film, you would have thought it would have taken me considerably less than almost 2 years to watch another one. Especially as I adored it. No, no. That's not how things work around here.

    As fantastic as I thought Hard Eight was, I still don't expect to go…

  • John Wick

    John Wick 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 20 May, 2015 2

    Springcrime - The April & May Project

    John Wick's an odd one, isn't it?

    No really, it is. I cannot agree with anyone who suggests this is just a straightforward shooter because I really do think there's far more going on here than it's been given credit for in some quarters. Of course, when you boil away the excess, it is just Keanu Reeves offing hundreds of people for having his car nicked and dog murdered.

    But I think it would…

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 15 May, 2015 39

    What makes a 5 star film?

    There are lots of different criteria floating around for what makes one. By their own admission, some people are a lot freer with dishing out such a grading whilst others insist a film practically has to become their all time favourite to receive full marks.

    It is, of course, completely dependent on the individual. I've often wondered if I am quite strict or quite liberal with the amount of times I've handed out full…

  • Dark Blue

    Dark Blue 2002

    ★★★★ Watched 13 May, 2015 4

    Springcrime - The April & May Project

    Whenever I do a review of a film that stars Kurt Russell, I always fight a battle with myself.

    I always try and make it so that it's not just another load of fanboy gushing about how amazing he is and how I want him and Goldie to adopt me if my family are wiped out by a runaway lorry or something. But I always, always fail.

    I set myself up to try and…

  • Welcome to Me

    Welcome to Me 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 10 May, 2015 12

    This isn't part of my Springcrime season.

    I was stupidly excited about seeing Welcome To Me, a stupid excitement that wasn't dampened by the many negative reviews that it's received in the short time that it's been out. And I actually thought it was to do with the fact that it features a main character diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and my hoping that this would be a spot on portrayal of the condition. It was a hope that was…

  • Raw Deal

    Raw Deal 1986

    ★★½ Watched 09 May, 2015 1

    Springcrime - The April & May Project

    The Arnie film that people forgot.

    It surprises me that John Irvin is still making films. Surprising in that he never really made anything that anyone cared all that much about, and yet he's still getting budgets to do them. It's a signifier, perhaps, of just how largely forgettable his career has been, rightly or wrongly, that he got to direct an Arnold Schwarzenegger film right in the middle of the purple patch of…

  • Hard Boiled

    Hard Boiled 1992

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 08 May, 2015 13

    The first time I saw Hard Boiled, back in 1993, I thought it was the greatest action film I'd ever seen.

    I've seen a lot more action films in the last 22 years. And it's still the greatest. I guess that means it's the greatest. Well, I'm glad we got that sorted out. But just in case anyone's in any doubt.

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    You want more? OK. Chow Yun-Fat, Tony Leung and Anthony Wong.

    You want more? No. Go away.