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  • Modesty Blaise

    Modesty Blaise 1966

    Watched 10 Apr, 2015

    Coming to this as a fan of the comic book series felt like going to see the latest Bond movie, and getting one of the Austin Powers sequels instead. Beyond bad.

  • World of Tomorrow

    World of Tomorrow 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 03 Apr, 2015

    Don Hertzfeldt’s latest short is as bleak and funny as you’d expect, if you’ve been following the trajectory his work has taken since The Meaning of Life and onwards. Delving into genre – science fiction this time — World of Tomorrow takes on time travel, cloning, memories and, at its core, humanity itself, in classic, sardonic Hertzfeldt fashion.

    It’s as emotionally effective as ever, but the transition to digital animation holds World of Tomorrow back a bit compared to Hertzfeldt’s…

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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…