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  • Somebody 2014

    Watched 20 Sep, 2014 11

    This is Miranda July's latest short film.

    The link to it was sent to me by Adam Cook.

    Please make sure you never make the mistake of giving him your email address.

    Thank you.

  • A Clockwork Orange 1971

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 19 Sep, 2014 8

    "You filthy old soomka!" - Steve G Does Kubrick

    A Clockwork Orange is a film that is almost impossible to review in anywhere near the detail that I think it demands.

    There is so much going in this film that trying to cover everything would take a review so long that if you printed it off you'd have enough paper to decorate Buckingham Palace with. You almost have to take a subject dealt with or seen in the film and…

  • Brute Force 1947

    ★★★★ Watched 17 Sep, 2014 2

    Here's a sentence I never thought I'd write - don't fuck with Hume Cronyn!

    Admittedly, I've probably not seen all that many films with him in but my experience of him has generally been of quite gentile characters. But in Brute Force? What a bastard!

    I really did enjoy this film but I think older prison films suffer perhaps as much as any genre compared to their younger counterparts. This is a genre of film that needs violence and sadism…

  • Plunder Road 1957

    ★★★½ Watched 13 Sep, 2014

    But the crime takes place on a railway?

    You know what the most interesting thing about Plunder Road is? They do something with the gold! So many times I've seen gold bars and bullion stolen in films and then we're just left to presume the robbers have a plan afterwards with what to do with it. That's always bothered me. Where do you find someone to deal with a few million quid's worth of gold? The best idea I could…

  • The Killing 1956

    ★★★★ Rewatched 13 Sep, 2014 4

    "You filthy old soomka!" - Steve G Does Kubrick

    I love film titles that are clever despite their simplicity.

    The Killing could refer to one of two things. It could be about a death that is central to the plot of the film, or it could refer to the fact that the crooks in this film are about to make a killing from their ill-gotten gains. Or both. I figured that out on a Saturday evening, guys. I've got my…

  • The Laughing Policeman 1973

    ★★★½ Watched 09 Sep, 2014 7

    I actually watched this last night but fell asleep after it finished and didn't have time to review it. Well, I did actually but I opted for supper instead.

    So, from what I can remember, The Laughing Policeman was really pretty good. It was overall a fairly formulaic 1970s crime film when it comes to many of its elements but there is enough going on here to make it interesting and outstanding enough for it to be notable in its…

  • Stranger by the Lake 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 10 Sep, 2014

    SOME BUMS AND WILLIES; ALSO SPOILERS

    I think director Alain Guiradie deserves a lot of credit for what he's done here.

    I don't mean when it directly relates to the sexually explicit scenes that he's populated his film with - and not sparsely populated it with, either. Barely a few minutes passes by without some wanking, cocksucking, salad tossing or bonking going on. But he has made a film that's actually good enough to be remarkable outside of its sexual…

  • Confessions 2010

    ★★★★★ Watched 08 Sep, 2014 9

    "From now on, your reformation begins one step at a time."

    That's one of the very final lines spoken in Confessions. For quite a few years I was a very devoted follower of J-Horror and K-Horror films. My interest was sparked by the very first Ring movie, as I'm sure that was the case for many other people too.

    After that I consumed a lot more horror films from Japan and South Korea, and a few bits and pieces from…

  • Blue Ruin 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 07 Sep, 2014

    "I wouldn't let you sleep in my room if you were growing on my ass."

    Blue Ruin is a good film that could easily have been great. I find those films to be the most frustrating of all. Seeing at decent length what a film could have been only for it to hamstring itself with some muddled choices always leaves me in a sort of hinterland between enjoyment and frustration.

    The main problem with Blue Ruin is that director Jeremy…

  • From Russia With Love 1963

    ★★★ Rewatched 06 Sep, 2014 3

    I really can't get used to Robert Shaw as a blonde.

    My opinion on this hasn't really changed from the last time I saw it. I still think it's too slow for the most part and the finale is rather stop-start. The two main villains - Shaw and Lotte Lenya - are barely in it for a long stretch in the middle so we really don't get any time to be more interested in who could have been two of…

  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 1964

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 06 Sep, 2014

    "You filthy old soomka!" - Steve G Does Kubrick

    I know that, by now, it is widely believed that Stanley Kubrick was anti-war but I think there was more to his beliefs than that.

    Although the four films he made that are directly about war - Full Metal Jacket, Fear And Desire, Paths Of Glory and Dr. Strangelove - all have very strong anti-war themes in them, they also show an innate fascination with conflict and how it affects very…

  • Killer's Kiss 1955

    ★★★ Watched 06 Sep, 2014 4

    "You filthy old soomka!" - Steve G Does Kubrick

    Kubrick must have liked this considering he didn't try and delete it from existence!

    I can't imagine he would have been all that delighted with the first half of this film. It's really not very good. A muddle of flashbacks and flashbacks-within-flashbacks commentated on by a mundane voiceover and a plot that seems to be going nowhere, it's only enlivened by the most realistic looking cinematic boxing match that side of…