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  • Perfect Blue

    Perfect Blue 1997

    ★★½ Watched 24 Nov, 2015

    I really couldn't get into this film. It wasn't dynamic enough, the anime really kept me distanced from everything. It's more of a personal taste thing with me, than with the film I think, although it did get a little bit annoying at points with all the fake-outs and what's really real? After thinking about the ending, though, it's pretty okay.

  • Akira

    Akira 1988

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Nov, 2015

    The world-building here is pretty great, and I was on board for most of the running time, but that last half hour or so went a little overboard and into territory that I don't really dig. Still, kudos for creating such a big world and making it pretty brutal at times for being an anime.

  • House

    House 1977

    ★★★★ Watched 23 Nov, 2015 16

    It's pretty close to a 4,5 but we'll stay here for now. Maybe a rewatch could bring it up. It's wonderfully inventive and crazy, but I think I was missing something for it to be truly fantastic. It was a little bit all over the place, and there are some scenes that just don't really go anywhere. But overall it was an extremely fun watch, and I'll probably watch it again sometime.

  • Adam & Paul

    Adam & Paul 2004

    ★★★★ Watched 22 Nov, 2015

    A low-key movie that really blends comedy and drama together into something that feels genuine and real. It's tough at times, it's heartwarming at times. Great debut from Abrahamson.

  • The Red Shoes

    The Red Shoes 1948

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Nov, 2015

    The scene where they perform the ballet about halfway through the film is quite fantastic. The bit with the newspaper, beautiful.

  • About Time

    About Time 2013

    ★★★ Watched 17 Nov, 2015

    It's a decent flick, good heart, bit repetitive, but fine for something easy to put on. I like Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams, so they carry you through.

  • The Dead Lands

    The Dead Lands 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 17 Nov, 2015

    I was hoping for something akin to a New Zealand 'Apocalypto' but I should have known that was setting the bar a little too high (way too high, what a fucking movie...).

    It does have a lot of cool moments though, but I'll agree with what I've read many places - it is a very serious movie, without any real room for fun. This is the type of film that should be fun and action packed, but it's not really. It's got good action scenes but it's not break neck pace throughout, which I was hoping for.

  • Risky Business

    Risky Business 1983

    ★★★★½ Watched 15 Nov, 2015

    Damn, this was good. Tom Cruise is full of energy (though, to be fair, when is he not) and Rebecca De Mornay is both beautiful and gives a great performance. She's got a great presence in every scene she is in.

    Basically loved everything about the film. It's funny as hell, there are fantastic dream sequences and the world is just a little off, in a perfect way. The music is phenomenal, and there the balance between fun and heart is spot on. Really got me.

  • La Dolce Vita

    La Dolce Vita 1960

    ★½ Watched 15 Nov, 2015 2

    Fucking annoying characters talk to even more annoying characters about bullshit and it goes on for way too long.

  • What Just Happened

    What Just Happened 2008

    ★★★ Watched 14 Nov, 2015

    It's enjoyable throughout, mainlly because you get a De Niro who is up for a couple of fun things. He's in decent form here and he kept me interested during the whole film.

  • V/H/S

    V/H/S 2012

    ★½ Watched 13 Nov, 2015

    Almost none of this is horror. There is a little bit of gore here and there but some of the segments - Second Honeymoon for example - has no horror in it at all, and that's the segment where we cut and the dude watching says "What the fuck"? Dull and way way way too long.

  • The Gift

    The Gift 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 12 Nov, 2015

    This was really a surprise. For some reason I kept waiting for it to go off the rails and have some bad twist or something, but it never happened. It was great throughout, and I actually really loved the ending. The perfect amount of intense and the perfect performances from everyone in those final moments. Bateman really impressed me, especially in the last half hour or so. Directorial debut for Edgerton? And he wrote the screenplay, and has a role?…