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  • The Forbidden Room

    The Forbidden Room 2015

    ★★★ Watched 24 Nov, 2015

    An incomprehensible fever dream, as viewed through Snapseed's grunge filter.

  • Spectre

    Spectre 2015

    ★★½ Watched 29 Oct, 2015

    The secret agent program is scrapped, forcing the agent, with the help of a few friends and no official support, to track down and defeat a shadowy, criminal organization hell-bent on world domination.

    Did I just describe Spectre or Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation? It's a trick question, of course – it's both. But only one of the two is an entertaining movie.

  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 2015

    ★★★ Watched 14 Nov, 2015

    A shallow, but almost entirely fun exercise in style.

  • V for Vendetta

    V for Vendetta 2006

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 05 Nov, 2015

    Obligatory November 5th viewing.

  • Jackie Brown

    Jackie Brown 1997

    ★★★ Rewatched 20 Oct, 2015

    I know I'm supposed to say that Jackie Brown shows a more mature side of Tarantino, etc., but I just can't be bothered. The movie failed to engage me in the cinema back in '97, and a revisit makes it clear that it still fails to engage me. Why? The characters just aren't very interesting, and there's not much more to this than its small cast of characters and a threadbare plot. A shoulder shrug of a movie, simply put.

  • Sicario

    Sicario 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 23 Sep, 2015

    A descent into hell, with tour guides who have stared far too long into the abyss. Bleak and intense, with Jóhann Jóhannsson's ominous score ultimately coming out on top, taking home the MVP trophy.

  • Turbo Kid

    Turbo Kid 2015

    ★★ Watched 31 Aug, 2015 2

    Improbably a Canadian/New Zealand co-production, Turbo Kid is a sluggishly paced, BMX-themed Mad Max spoof/cult movie wannabe, dressed up in '80s nostalgia and drenched in gore, mostly to cover up the fact that there isn't really any story here, and the characters are all wafer-thin stereotypes. The movie scores a few points for its outrageously creative gore effects, but little else. The only one more bored than me throughout this slog was poor Michael Ironside, as chief antagonist Zeus.


  • Miss Zombie

    Miss Zombie 2013

    ★★ Watched 26 Jun, 2015

    The tedious arthouse version of Fido.

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015

    ★★½ Watched 21 Apr, 2015 1

    Too many cooks in the kitchen.

  • 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…

  • Big Eyes

    Big Eyes 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 28 Mar, 2015

    You’d be forgiven if you saw this movie, knowing nothing about it, and didn’t recognize it as a Tim Burton picture. A biopic about artist couple Margaret and Walter Keane – they of the big-eyed children paintings, Big Eyes is Burton’s most lowkey, down-to-earth movie by several miles. Not even regular composer Danny Elfman’s soundtrack contribution is recognizably his.

    The opening setting is familiar enough, though: a fifties suburb, straight out of Edward Scissorhands. This is where we first meet…