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  • Furious 7

    Furious 7 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 06 Feb, 2016 4

    Fast February!

    And then they went their separate ways.

    When Paul Walker died a couple of years ago, it wasn't a death that affected me a massive amount. He was an actor who had largely passed me by and I only really remember seeing him in John Dahl's excellent Joy Ride. Like with any high profile young and sudden death, it was still a shock but not as much as a shock as it was to his many, many fans.…

  • Fast & Furious 6

    Fast & Furious 6 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 06 Feb, 2016

    Fast February!

    Fast & Furious 6 shows the downside of creating such a likeable bunch of characters.

    Eventually, in a franchise such as this, you are going to have to do away with someone. In the case of Sung Kang, we already lost him once and we end this one knowing we're about to lose him again. And it's not a very happy way to lose the snack chomping chap either, seeing as though we just saw his lover Gal Gadot…

  • Fast Five

    Fast Five 2011

    ★★★★ Watched 04 Feb, 2016 4

    Fast February!

    I always wanted to see The Rock v Diesel!

    Well, far be it for me to cast doubt on the opinions of the many who insisted that things got really got good when we hit Fast Five, but that's what I did anyway. And I think with plenty of justification, especially after Justin Lin's somewhat bumpy contributions to the series this far.

    Perhaps the most extraordinary part of Fast Five for me was the improvement that he's shown…

  • Fast & Furious

    Fast & Furious 2009

    ★★★ Watched 02 Feb, 2016 11

    Fast February!

    There are a couple of things that annoy and concern me about this series at this point.

    Firstly, the titles. Couldn't they just pick a title and put a number on the end of it and stick to it? Constantly farting around with the wording in it is neither cute nor cool, it's extremely annoying to arseholes like me who like to see things a bit neater and tidier when it comes to this kind of thing. Also,…

  • The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

    The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 2006

    ★½ Watched 01 Feb, 2016 7

    Fast February!

    Well what the hell were they thinking with this one?

    Talk about running before you can walk. I might have enjoyed 2 Fast 2 Furious a lot more than the original, but that was certainly no reason for them to get ideas above their station and try a spin-off or whatever the fuck this was meant to be. We're just getting used to the characters (well, one of them, maybe two) and then you get rid of them…

  • 2 Fast 2 Furious

    2 Fast 2 Furious 2003

    ★★★½ Watched 01 Feb, 2016 5

    Fast February!

    This is already not really going the way I thought. Or perhaps the way that anyone else thought.

    I'm not massively surprised to check out the critics ratings for the first two of these films and see that the original is much favoured over this sequel, you often get that sort of drop off with action film sequels. But clearly they're all massively wrong and I can't for the life of me see how the original is better…

  • The Fast and the Furious

    The Fast and the Furious 2001

    ★★½ Watched 01 Feb, 2016 2

    Fast February!


    I don't get it. I never have. I've never been interested. I don't drive. I don't really want to.

    I don't like car racing. I'd rather staple my bollocks to my leg than watch Formula One, the tedious spectacle du turd that it is. And I don't like car racing films.

    So obviously, when you're in my position, what's the first thing you do when you're planning a month of action films? Well, you decide to watch…

  • Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted

    Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 31 Jan, 2016 15

    There's a notable difference between the way I approach watching films to the way I approach watching stand-up comedy shows.

    For the most part, with films I'll research as much as I can without lapsing into spoilerdom before making the decision whether to watch it or not. With stand-up comedy shows, I don't even usually know who the hell it is I'm about to watch. Both approaches have their advantages and disadvantages, but watching Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted very…

  • Paris by Night

    Paris by Night 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 30 Jan, 2016

    I came into Paris By Night hoping for one thing but getting something completely different - and possibly better.

    I really wish that I had better accessibility to French crime cinema. It proves to be frustratingly elusive for someone on my limited budget. Attempts to watch more Jean-Paul Belmondo without having to fork out daft amounts of cash for Amazon DVD boxsets have been thwarted after adoring Le Professionel, and this is something that I have found to be the…

  • Sex, Lies, and Videotape

    Sex, Lies, and Videotape 1989

    Watched 30 Jan, 2016 15

    Since Sex, Lies And Videotape ended, and in fact pretty much the whole way through its running time actually, I found myself wondering why I keep giving Steven Soderbergh chances.

    Because I just don't like his films. I only liked Out Of Sight. But I do know why I keep coming back to him and it's because he does, to his credit, have an interestingly varied career behind him in terms of genre. I like a director who is able…

  • Bottle Rocket

    Bottle Rocket 1996

    ★★½ Watched 27 Jan, 2016

    I watched this three days ago and I've still barely been able to think of anything to say about it.

    It's just so unremarkable in almost everything that it is and does that it's surprising to me that Wes Anderson has gone on and made films I enjoyed as much as I did with The Royal Tenenbaums and The Grand Budapest Hotel. He just doesn't seem to have those films in him judging by this.

    It immediately started annoying me…

  • Mitch Hedberg: Mitch All Together

    Mitch Hedberg: Mitch All Together 2003

    ★★★★ Watched 28 Jan, 2016 2

    After years of being told that I really had to try some Mitch Hedberg by people I actually trust the opinions of, I finally tried some Mitch Hedberg. Maybe if I didn't trust them, I'd have listened to them sooner.

    There's so much here that I loved. His delivery is not quite fast enough for him to qualify as a one-liner comedian along the lines of Steven Wright, but the absurdity of the situations he uses and his ability to…