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  • The Grasshopper and the Ants 1934

    Watched 02 Mar, 2015 3

    1) I hate Disney.

    2) This is all Windyblue's fault.

  • Man Bites Dog 1992

    ★★★½ Watched 01 Mar, 2015

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    1/30 - Belgium

    Returning from my impromptu Letterboxd and film break (I did try watching Mulberry Street halfway through said break, but I couldn't be arsed finishing it, it was pretty stupid) to start off the Third Annual Letterboxd 30 (31) Days / 30 Countries challenge, this was a nice and gentle way to return. Especially on a Sunday morning!

    My main issue with Man Bites Dog, it…

  • Terror in a Texas Town 1958

    ★★★½ Watched 10 Feb, 2015 6

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    One of those films that's done no favours by its silly, over-the-top title.

    There isn't actually all that much terror in the Texas town in Terror In A Texas Town. Unless you're one of the few landowners that Sebastian Cabot wants to bugger off, hiring iron-handed and ageing gunslinger Nedrick Young to do the removals for him.

    But pretty much all the terror in this film is provided by Young.…

  • Sex and Fury 1973

    ★½ Watched 10 Feb, 2015 7

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    I don't think I like these rapey Japanese sword films that Quentin Tarantino seems to have an everlasting lob-on for.

    I just don't get them. I like Japanese crime films for the most part but these ones with uncomfortable looking sex scenes, gallons of red paint being gobbed everywhere and incomprehensible plots get on my tits. But I thought I'd give this one a try anyway seeing as though it's…

  • What We Do in the Shadows 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 07 Feb, 2015 4

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    For the most part, What We Do In The Shadows understands the mockumentary and what it needs to do to get it just about right, but it has one really major flaw.

    Taika Waititi, as Viago, is the problem. If these kinds of films are going to work, for me at least, they have to play it pretty much straight down the middle and act totally like it is a…

  • The Stone Tape 1972

    ★★★½ Watched 06 Feb, 2015

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    Nigel Kneale was a masterful writer who I suspect the work of whom has never quite been given the attention and respect outside of the UK that it deserves.

    I can sort of understand why that might be the case. The Quatermass films that he is perhaps most famous for are good to very good films but with their wobbly sets and TV-looking production values, they do perhaps fade into…

  • The Big Combo 1955

    ★★★★½ Watched 05 Feb, 2015

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    So, what have we got to do round here to get Richard Conte's Mr. Brown recognised as one of the great crime movie villains of the 1950s? Or perhaps ever?

    If Quentin Tarantino's character in Reservoir Dogs had seen The Big Combo then maybe he wouldn't have been worried about being lumbered with a name that makes him sound like Mr. Shit. Because what an absolute BASTARD of a man…

  • Ida 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 06 Feb, 2015 15

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    I have stated before that writing about the films that you enjoy or appreciate most of all is perhaps the most difficult task of all when it comes to reviewing films.

    That's true in the case of Ida for me, but perhaps doubly so on this occasion. I quite often will jot down a note or two when I'm watching a film so I can remember to mention something when…

  • Winchester '73 1950

    ★★★½ Watched 04 Feb, 2015 22

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    In which Anthony Mann tries to cover everything that happened in the Old West in one 90 minute film.

    Seriously though, he does. He tries to get everything in here. This isn't just about James Stewart chasing after the gun that Stephen McNally nicks from him. No, it then references Little Bighorn, drops into Dodge City, bumps into Wyatt Earp, fights off a whole bunch of injuns, sees the gun…

  • The Isle 2000

    ★★★★ Watched 02 Feb, 2015 8

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    Presumably all the fish-hook jokes have been done by now, so let's take this review and fillet with something else. Oh ho!

    Obviously, The Isle is memorable to most people for its more inventively gory scenes. And it will be to me too. But the reason I wanted to do this review tonight, despite a piercing headache and another cold, is because I wanted to talk about the other stuff…

  • The Big Heat 1953

    ★★★★½ Watched 02 Feb, 2015 2

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    Make sure you have the sound turned up nice and high or maybe even stick the subtitles on when you watch The Big Heat.

    That's because you really don't want to miss any of this dialogue. There's some seriously scintillating wordplay going on in this film that is far ahead of most other crime films of its era. Not just the longer monologues, such as the one where Glenn Ford…

  • The Triplets of Belleville 2003

    ★★★½ Watched 01 Feb, 2015

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    Maybe there's something in this business of having animated films headed by coffin dodgers.

    When The Wind Blows, Up and now The Triplets Of Belleville - all critically acclaimed and rejecting the usual stance of having some kind of young 'un(s) in the lead role. Or animals, aliens or monsters of some description.

    Not only that, but The Triplets Of Belleville does something else that you don't see much of…