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  • The Conjuring 2

    The Conjuring 2 2016

    ★★★ Watched 03 Sep, 2016

    51/100

    Remarkably dull, building up to a massive anticlimax. Seems to take forever to get going (though the opening scene is the best scene, unfortunately) and forever to wrap up. Looks pretty though, I guess.

  • The Shallows

    The Shallows 2016

    ★★½ Watched 14 Sep, 2016

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

    42/100

    Cheap and silly, with an infuriating lack of spatial and temporal consistency - things seem close and then miles away and then back again with each cut, and the rock basically bobs up and down in the water given how often the water level changes from shot to shot. The attempt at providing a character back story (and thus totally unneeded motivation and chance for her to feel sorry for herself) is so half-arsed, it's almost avant-garde in its…

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  • Battle Royale

    Battle Royale 2000

    ★★★★★ Added

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

    A victim of people ignoring the "Don't judge a book by its cover" cliche, this is a vital, paradoxically life-affirming splatter film with a stong eye for absurdist detail. It's high school with Uzis and exploding neckbraces.

    It's probably best to start with the facts, address the rumors. Yes, it's about 44 young Japanese high schoolers, placed on a remote island and forced to hunt each other until only one is left alive. Yes, it's violent and very bloody. Yes,…

  • Mandala

    Mandala 1981

    ★★★★ Watched 06 Aug, 2014

    71/100

    Beautifully directed, elliptical in its storytelling, rigorous in its shot selection. This is a spiritual investigation that doesn't succumb to picturesque homilies or unsubtle juxtapositions. it just exists, kicks up the odd fuss, wanders around, and wonders.