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  • The Gauntlet

    The Gauntlet 1977

    ★★★★ Watched 07 Aug, 2015 2

    This was way better than I had expected. It's Clint with a twist but still badass. Sandra Locke is really good and it's well paced. Great action flick packed with funny lines.

  • Compliance

    Compliance 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 06 Aug, 2015

    It's a difficult one to rate. From what I can gather through reading various places, this is very close to what really happened, so it's not really fair to knock the film for anything that feels fucked up. I do think Zobel goes at it with the good sense of letting things play out. He doesn't really manipulate you into feeling a certain way, and it gets you thinking. But again, very difficult film to wrap my head around.

  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

    A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night 2014

    ★★ Watched 06 Aug, 2015 2

    There are similarities to Only Lovers Left Alive, but they only serve to show what a good director adds to a film. They are both slow vampire movies with at least some focus on music. Love stories as well. Jarmusch makes the pace and music work, Amirpour does not. The love story in ...Alive works, this one does not at all. It's just sort of there all of a sudden. Not a fan.

  • A Prophet

    A Prophet 2009

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 05 Aug, 2015

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Absolutely one of the best prison films of all time. It's brutal, extremely well acted, incredibly intense and perfectly paced. There's a fantastic sense of when to add a good song and montage that shit and there's a real feeling for when to hit hard or take it slow. The film wouldn't work without Tahar Rahim - he sells every seconds. You have to believe his transformation from a scared but violent 19 year old to the king of the castle. And he delivers.

  • Ain't Them Bodies Saints

    Ain't Them Bodies Saints 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 04 Aug, 2015 3

    It's all in that piece of music. It starts out with a sort of buzzing, not quite, but almost and then comes the clapping and the strings and it's quietly soaring, quietly so I don't notice it until it's all over and then I'm left there floating, hanging, not quite sure if I'm happy or sad, probably a bit of both. It ends the way it's gotta end, it ends where many films don't end and anybody watching the film can take away exactly what they want from it.

  • Into the Night

    Into the Night 1985

    ★★½ Watched 04 Aug, 2015 9

    It starts out pretty funny but then it goes on for way too long. The list of cameos is stacked though - and extremely weird. Cronenberg, David Bowie (more than a cameo), Jonathan Demme, Bruce McGill, etc...

  • Bringing Out the Dead

    Bringing Out the Dead 1999

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 03 Aug, 2015

    There is plenty to analyse here and maybe someday I will, but it works just as well if you simply take it for what it is. It's got one of Cage's best performances, it's got Scorsese in a phenomenal mode that is unlike anything else I've seen by him and it's got one of the best soundtracks out there. Really, every song is great and is a perfect fit. The lighting is also a highlight in this film. It makes…

  • All About Eve

    All About Eve 1950

    ★★★★½ Watched 03 Aug, 2015

    Bill is the man. And that last shot is fantastic.

  • Big Bad Wolves

    Big Bad Wolves 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 02 Aug, 2015

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Feels like the kind of movie where you either get on board with the tone or you don't - except I was on board for some of it, but not all of it. I did like the last twist with his daughter. Pretty chilling and a real punch after what had been happening.

  • A Hijacking

    A Hijacking 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 02 Aug, 2015

    It is kind of similar to Captain Phillips but it really does take a different approach. I think I liked it a little bit more than CP, though Hanks is phenomenal in that film. No one reaches the same highs in this film, but it doesn't feel like that is a goal either. It's more business oriented in a way, with a lot of focus put on the company CEO and his negotiations with the hijackers. It's got several hard-hitting…

  • Child 44

    Child 44 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 01 Aug, 2015 6

    I enjoyed this surprisingly much. It seems to have been torn apart from most reviewers, and that seems a little unfair. The accent business is silly of course (even if Hardy does sounds quite convincing, not that I'm an expert) and the film goes on for 15 minutes more than it maybe should. But it doesn't really drag and it's solid and twisty the whole ride. I really enjoyed the setting and they made good use of the time period and the politics of the country. Solid crime thriller, I'd say.

  • Four Brothers

    Four Brothers 2005

    ★★½ Watched 31 Jul, 2015

    It's fine, sort of. It's got some decent moments, but mostly it has a lot of trouble finding out what tone it wants to settle on. I didn't sympathise with any of these guys, and it feels like I was supposed to.