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  • A Most Wanted Man

    A Most Wanted Man 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 29 Jul, 2015 4

    There are a couple of things that stood out to me about A Most Wanted Man, and they will probably seem piffling and inconsequential compared to the plot as a whole here.

    There's a bit where Grigoriy Dobrygin and Rachel McAdams dodge on and off a train just as it's about to leave the station, doing what I like to call The French Connection Manoeuvre. I've seen this done in a couple of other films recently as well. I can't…

  • Thunderball

    Thunderball 1965

    ★★★ Rewatched 28 Jul, 2015

    The Complete And Total Definitive James Bond Ranking Undertaking

    Previous reviews

    I'm bumping the mark up for this half a star, although I'm not sure why. It has always been a 2.5 star film for me but for some reason on this viewing I found its slow bits slightly more tolerable and the underwater parts to be even prettier.

    I think I'd also underrated just how excellent the pre-credits scene is, the brutality of that big underwater shootout near the…

  • The Island

    The Island 1980

    ★½ Watched 28 Jul, 2015 13

    You know when there's a film that always got bad reviews but you always fancied the sound of it anyway and you're convinced you'll love it and then you watch it and realise that people are right sometimes?

    The Island is one of those absolutely terrible films that I would recommend that everyone sees once. And not because it's 'so bad it's good' or any of that guff. But because it's just so ill-judged and bizarre with some incredibly weird…

  • Stone Cold

    Stone Cold 1991

    ★★½ Rewatched 27 Jul, 2015 4

    The first 15 minutes of Stone Cold are basically a remake of the first 15 minutes of Cobra.

    There are some minor differences. For instance, in the supermarket this time Brian Bosworth has to fight off several thugs rather than just the one. Also, when he gets back to his apartment he feeds the concoction he makes for breakfast to....I don't actually know, it's some kind of lizard? There's also some motorbikes and a great one-liner to his angry lieutenant.…

  • Run All Night

    Run All Night 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 27 Jul, 2015

    So, third time lucky for Jaume Collet-Serra.

    It's quite interesting to me that he would get it so right with such a largely formulaic film in Run All Night as well. One of the previous films I'd seen from him was Orphan, a complete piece by piece rehashing of every crap 'family horror' cliché you can think of. It was a total exercise in doing absolutely nothing new and coming up with something that I yawned my way through.

    So…

  • The Descent: Part 2

    The Descent: Part 2 2009

    ★★★ Watched 26 Jul, 2015

    Time for a new list entitled 'Horror Films Where A Local Old Bloke Says His Grandaddy Never Came Back'.

    This is going to be one of those reviews where I'm mostly going to talk about things that were wrong with the film but ends with me saying, "Despite all that...." so I'm warning you in advance so you're not left wondering, "Well why the fuck's he given it 3 stars?!"

    Actually, I would have given it more than 3 stars…

  • The Mosquito Coast

    The Mosquito Coast 1986

    ★★★★ Rewatched 26 Jul, 2015 2

    In some ways, Harrison Ford's decision to take the lead in The Mosquito Coast slightly mirrors the decision his character makes in this film.

    Ford took on the role in the middle of his 1980s golden patch of critically acclaimed and universally beloved good guy roles. It's a decision that didn't really pay off - The Mosquito Coast wasn't well received critically and it didn't perform at the box office. Again, rather mirroring the failure that his character oversees in…

  • The Descent

    The Descent 2005

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 25 Jul, 2015 9

    So. Which The Descent is better? Adventure thriller The Descent or horror film The Descent?

    It's a debate that does seem to be had quite often by people who have reviewed this film or are discussing it and I find it to be a fascinating one. It's not often, after all, that you see genuine in-depth discussions take place about which half of the same film is better. Yet there is a lot to be debated on that point.

    When…

  • Vera Cruz

    Vera Cruz 1954

    ★★★½ Watched 25 Jul, 2015 4

    Vera Cruz has more crossing and double crossing than a nunnery.

    That really is what prevents Vera Cruz from being nearly as enjoyable a western as it could have been. It just becomes completely impossible after a while to figure out who's on whose side, who's after the gold, who it actually belongs to, where it's going - what the hell is Robert Aldrich trying to do to us here?

    What's even more remarkable about all this is the fact…

  • Blow Out

    Blow Out 1981

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 24 Jul, 2015

    I still don't know exactly where I stand with Blow Out,

    There are times I’ve watched it when I’ve thought it was easily a 5 star film and there are other times, like this, when it just doesn’t seem to click with me quite as well. To be honest, I’m not even sure what the problem is on this occasion. I could just be rationing my 5 star ratings - two in a row is simply not on. Or I’m…

  • Faults

    Faults 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 24 Jul, 2015 5

    One thing I've been doing a lot lately when I've watched a film for the first time and really liked it is to try and think of a really good companion piece for it.

    The first film that sprung to mind with Faults was Martha Marcy May Marlene. I suppose it's a fairly simple match, being as they are both about brainwashing and cults. But I think there's another reason why they would fit together, or at least for me.…

  • Tremors

    Tremors 1990

    ★★★★½ Watched 23 Jul, 2015 8

    I was convinced that I had reviewed this on Letterboxd at some point.

    I made a point of reviewing all my favourite monster movies when I first joined up because at about the time I joined, I think that’s all that I was watching. Not quite sure how I allowed Tremors, perhaps the best of all of them, to slip through the net. In fact, this seems to have become a bit of a forgotten film, I honestly can’t remember…