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  • Memories of Matsuko 2006

    ★★★★ Watched 29 Sep, 2012

    Wonderfully inventive storytelling which reminded me of how it felt watching Amelie, had Amelie spent less time meddling in other people's business and more time getting slapped around by gangsters. Painful human tragedy wrapped up in a sparkly bow, sprinkled with stardust and cherry blossom. 

  • Sidewalks of New York 2001

    Watched 29 Sep, 2012

    Ok, so I'm drunk and in no fit state to pass comment on a film and have only watched 10 mins of it but this is fucking rubbish. Great cast...but yeah, utter shit.

  • Love and Other Impossible Pursuits (DOUBLE ENTRY) 2009

    ★★★ Watched 23 Sep, 2012

    Emotional porn for women that had me reaching for the tissues.

  • Take Shelter 2011

    ★★★★ Watched 22 Sep, 2012

    There are some fantastic performances swirling around in this film, but Michael Shannon's is staggeringly powerful. He is so convincing that I found myself genuinely caring for his wellbeing, sharing his anxiety and fearing the breakup of his family. A proud, scared, stubborn, loving father, husband, brother and son - he is just so human that you end up sharing his emotional journey, desperately hoping along the way that he can some how change the course he is on. Which…

  • The Dilemma 2011

    ★★★ Watched 19 Sep, 2012

    I thought Vince Vaughn was looking rough these days, but DAMN what happened to Jon Favreau?!

  • The Hangover Part II 2011

    ★★ Watched 14 Sep, 2012

    I'd heard it was similar to the first one, but didn't expect this lazy rehashed effort. Where was the script? These guys aren't naturally funny enough to just put them in the same old scenarios and expect them to come up with comedy gold. I bet they were praising that scene stealing monkey by the end of it. 

  • Roujin Z 1991

    ★★★ Watched 15 Sep, 2012

    Recently released on Blu-Ray, this 1991 anime's pedigree made it a pretty irresistible purchase. Directed by Akira’s key animator Hiroyuki Kitakuboi, Akira’s creator Katsuhiro Otomo contributing the story and the mecha designs, with art direction by Satoshi Kon who went on to make such anime classics as Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress and Paprika. However, it's clear early on that while Roujin Z shared a lot of Akira's talent it certainly didn't have a similar budget to work with. In a…

  • Dredd 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Sep, 2012 2

    The build up to the release of the new Judge Dredd movie has been an interesting one. First came the surprise and excitement that anybody would touch the property after Stallone's disappointing big budget attempt. I'll admit they got certain elements right, such as the portrayal of a Block War in progress along with the scale of Dredd's world, but the good certainly failed to outweigh the bad. Then, as first images appeared on the net, concern over the stripped…

  • The Hunger Games 2012

    ★★ Watched 06 Sep, 2012

    I quite liked the way the districts looked like they were out of an old 70s Science Fiction film and having a more stocky female lead than the teens are used to seeing on screen was refreshing. But the rest of this was dire. None of the relationships felt particularly genuine, the CGI city wasn't colourful or spectacular enough to feel like a suitable contrast, the lead spent most of the time sleeping up a tree, the power struggles of…

  • Cherry 2000 1987

    ★★ Watched 13 Aug, 2012

    1987. What a great year it must have been for Pamela Gidley. Fresh from winning a "Most Beautiful Girl In The World" contest in Australia and moving to LA to study acting at the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts she lands roles in 'Dudes' and 'Cherry 2000'. The former still not available on DVD (let alone Blu-Ray) and the latter I was lucky enough to catch on MGM HD channel after hearing about it for the first time earlier…

  • Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey 2011

    ★★★★ Watched 10 Aug, 2012 1

    I love that we live in a world that not only had a place for this guy and his particular talent, but completely embraced it. His journey reminded me of the plot to the latest Muppet movie, I wonder if this was the inspiration? It certainly was an inspirational and surprisingly emotional watch. Loads of people my age wanted to do what this kid did, what a legend.

  • The Dark Knight Rises 2012

    ★★½ Watched 23 Jul, 2012 4

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.