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  • Louis Theroux: Drinking to Oblivion

    Louis Theroux: Drinking to Oblivion 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 27 Apr, 2016 2

    Very affecting documentary about several of the excessive drinkers who come into King's College Hospital. Checking in with them at several times during the film, Theroux shows the devastating effect alcoholism has on the drinker and those around them.

    During the film, I wondered what makes Theroux such an enjoyable filmmaker. I find his bumbling persona, especially when filming abroad, a bit tiresome, but here, not able to hide behing his Britishness, Theroux proves his uncanny ability to get people…

  • Boys

    Boys 2014

    ★★½ Watched 26 Apr, 2016

    I don't watch a lot of Dutch films, or read a lot of Dutch books, or listen to a lot of Dutch music - I've been called a snob for this, but this film is a perfect example of why. It's a nice little film (if a little aimless and rather cliché in its plot, but that's forgiveable) with some lovely shots (like the one from the poster), but the dialogue sounds overwhelmingly clunky to my ears, with every line…

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  • War Horse

    War Horse 2011

    ★★ Watched 14 Feb, 2014 37

    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.…

  • Fifty Shades of Grey

    Fifty Shades of Grey 2015

    ★★★ Watched 13 Feb, 2015 12

    Do you judge the film, or the book? I tried to judge the film on its own merit, but kind of failed. I suppose the good news is, the film in better than the book.

    I'm not going to lie, I looked forward to seeing this - how often do you see a book by a woman about a woman, adapted for the screen by a woman, and then directed by a woman. When the director is Sam Taylor-Johnson, I'm…