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  • Olive Kitteridge 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 22 Nov, 2014

    Bloody good, but unrelentingly bleak.

  • Viy 1967

    ★★★ Watched 31 Oct, 2014

    This year's Halloween choice. Cool little film, like a cross between Sam Raimi, Tsui Hark and Jean Cocteau. With some brilliant practical effects (amongst some ropier ones) and makeup. Shame about the ending though, not sure it amounted to much.

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  • Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist 2014

    ★★½ Added

    Quite good, but not as engaging as The Armstrong Lie, despite being a more likeable subject matter

  • The Wolf of Wall Street 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 11 Jan, 2014

    Though always great to see Scorsese back in full flight Goodfellas mode, it kept reminding me of how I felt watching Bay's Pain & Gain. Despite the obvious similarities in theme and era, it's the uncomfortable comedic tone in places, the grotesquery, the vileness of the protagonists we're being asked to follow and that in both films do somewhat seduce (though ultimately repel) you. Only in Pain & Gain, though murderers, are somehow more likeable for their ineptitude. Still a better film stylistically than Pain & Gain though.