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  • Gimme Danger

    Gimme Danger 2016

    ★★★ Watched 30 Nov, 2016

    Surprisingly uninspired and uninspiring documentary about a band so seminal it should have been one of the best films of the year. Its greatest fault is that the film tells us, rather than shows us, that the Stooges are The Best Band Ever, but is hardly convincing in its endeavours. The film doesn't have a narrator, which is refreshing, but it also takes a guiding hand away from the viewer, and with lots of different "side guys" coming in towards…

  • The Young Victoria

    The Young Victoria 2009

    ★★★ Watched 15 Nov, 2016 5

    The autumn television season has rather spoiled me and kept me away from Letterboxd, I must admit. ITV's 'Victoria' especially has been a treat, and while it's unfair to compare a two-hour film to an 8-part mini series, this film is more let down by the fact that it's written by Julian Fellowes than any time constraints.

    I don't think Fellowes does tension very well - there's very little tension in this film, just as there was very little dramatic…

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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 18

    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…