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  • Deathgasm

    Deathgasm 2015

    ★★★ Watched 15 Apr, 2016

    Essentially a metal themed, feature length version of a RackaRacka Youtube video.

  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny 2016

    ★★★ Watched 26 Feb, 2016 1

    Out on Netflix today, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny is more of a straight up action wuxia movie than its predecessor. Well worth watching if you're a fan of the genre – there are plenty of big names involved here, from Yuen Woo-Ping in the director's chair, to Michelle Yeoh and Donnie Yen as the leads, and music by Shigeru Umebayashi, to mention a few – but don't expect the artfulness and emotional heft of Ang Lee's original.…

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  • From Up on Poppy Hill

    From Up on Poppy Hill 2011

    ★★★★ Rewatched 13 May, 2012 9

    The world was very unkind to Goro Miyazaki when he took the unexpected leap from landscape architect and museum manager to director in 2006. Tales from Earthsea had its fair share of weaknesses and outright faults, but the yardstick by which the younger Miyazaki was measured and found lacking was downright unfair and cruel. The recent documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi contains a musing from a food critic that's strikingly relevant: 86 year old Jiro is still in charge of…

  • The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Mar, 2012 2

    Essentially Battle Royale for the Twilight crowd, The Hunger Games makes the leap from the pages to the big screen with the majority of the details intact. Sticking so closely to the source material means that the movie also shares the novel's strengths and weaknesses.

    First and foremost, Katniss remains an interesting, reluctant rebel character (Jennifer Lawrence, excellent), while the rest of the cast of characters veer more towards simple archetypes, sometimes wrapped in colorful costumes, sometimes not. The dystopic…