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  • Sing Street

    Sing Street 2016

    ★★★★ Added

    "No woman can truly love a man who listens to Phil Collins."

    Words to live by.

    A coming of age tale with a boy, a girl and a band trying to make sense of their place in the world.

    Hints of 'Almost Famous', helpings of 'The Commitments', a cracking soundtrack and an object lesson in how to write from the heart.

  • Fruitvale Station

    Fruitvale Station 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 03 Oct, 2016

    I think the really sobering thing about watching this film in 2016, is it seems just a given.

    That a police officer would shoot an unarmed man.
    That a white man would shoot a black man.

    Trayvon Martin
    Michael Brown
    Dontre Hamilton
    Tamir Rice
    Walter Scott
    Freddie Gray

    These names are it seems no longer worthy of a film.

    They are now just news article in our 24/7 news cycle. A cycle that numbs us with the regularity of such events.

    That this is now the reality of our society is the most damning indictment on who we are and have become.

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  • Snowpiercer

    Snowpiercer 2013

    ★★½ Added

    Thomas the Tank Engine on speed, set on the island of Sodor (aka the world) covered in snow.

    Just like the actual Thomas the Tank Engine stories, this needed more engines to make it interesting. Percy, Toby and maybe James would have made it more enjoyable. Not Gordon though, because he's a prat.

  • The Counselor

    The Counselor 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 10 May, 2014

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

    If you know Cormac McCarthy's work you probably know what to expect, and don't need to read on.

    Ridley Scott directs. Excellent lineup of actors.

    Like a Cormac McCarthy novel, this movie frustrates, irritates, enlightens, resonates, horrifies, and ultimately lingers.

    Not a joyful experience by any means, and some of the monologues run up their own bums. The first 60 minutes verge on the turgid, and trying to figure out the motivations of the characters, and therefore a reason to…