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  • Splendor

    Splendor 1999

    ★★★½ Watched 30 Mar, 2015 2

    If Get Over It perfectly encapsulates the early 2000s, 'Splendor' is a time capsule for the late 1990s. Veronica's apartment is a mix been a Barbie Party Palace and the set of the late-night Saturday variety/talk show. The film is full of fluffy phones, crimped hair, overly blue contact lenses and.. shimmery eyeshadow. I suppose that was a trend that endured.

    I always found Kathleen Roberts quite dull on '90210' (perhaps because she was stuck being Steve's girlfriend, and nothing…

  • North Sea Texas

    North Sea Texas 2011

    ★★★½ Watched 28 Mar, 2015

    Beautifully delicate look at growing up in a dead-end seaside town in the 1970s. The film suffers slightly because of how incommunicative its lead character is - he's a silent observer. There's lots to observe, there are great supporting characters and the theme of budding sexuality is always an interesting one, but it's always a tricky thing when the protagonist doesn't speak much and doesn't emote very much.

    The film includes some stunning shots of a run-down town, but I'm…

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  • War Horse

    War Horse 2011

    ★★ Watched 14 Feb, 2014 35

    What a shitfest. I would probably have liked this film better if it had been about a cat. Or, hell, even about that goose that walks around on the farm at the beginning of this film. That was a great goose.

    For a film called 'War Horse', it takes a long time for the 'war'-element to enter, so for the first 50 minutes, it's mainly 'horse' - and I happened to skip the horse part in my coming of age.…

  • Stoker

    Stoker 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 05 Mar, 2015 7

    Silly me avoided this because the poster and title made me think it was a mediocre take on Bram Stoker. Oops, wrong I was.

    Either this 99-minute film takes 75 minutes to fall into place, or it takes 75 minutes to get interesting. There are little hints to keep you interested, but it's mostly the visual style that keeps you hanging around for the first three quarters of the film. It's such a stunning film, it's just difficult to imagine…