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  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies 2016

    ★½ Watched 25 May, 2016 3

    Pride and Prejudice and Push-up Bras, more like.

    While this could have screwed with both the marriage plot and zombie genre in a 'Shaun of the Dead'-manner, it's decidedly half-arsed. It's 'Pride and Prejudice' without the subtlety; it's zombies without the scares.

    In cramming in all the zombie stuff, so much of the Austen characterisation is lost. With zombies around, there's no need for Caroline Bingley as a delicious villain, no commentary on the state of marriage, and so apart…

  • Holding the Man

    Holding the Man 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 23 May, 2016

    An incredibly heartfelt, love-filled film. I didn't realise it was a biographical film until later on, I went into this film just thinking it was about a 15-year relationship between two men, Tim and John, starting their school days in 1976.

    While taglines are usually utterly cringeworthy, "a love story for everyone" is a mission statement and it completely delivers. Although John's religious parents struggle with their son's sexuality, for John and Tim their sexuality does not come with inner…

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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…