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  • Triple 9

    Triple 9 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 14 May, 2016

    67/100

    As desolate and hopeless as The Road, but less obvious about it. The narrative is both refreshingly unpredictable, refusing to impose your typical genre flourishes, yet the side effect of this is that you have to tolerate the odd p(l)ot hole and moments of stupidity. It's actually pretty similar in tone to Killing Them Softly, but without the political anger.

  • 10 Cloverfield Lane

    10 Cloverfield Lane 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 07 May, 2016 1

    65/100

    Modest genre thrills packaged with care and energy. Don't really understand any of the criticism for the whizz-bang ending; we should be encouraging bat-shit third-act left turns rather than being disappointed that we are not being treated to yet another mano-e-mano (so to speak) anticlimax.

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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,…

  • Redbelt

    Redbelt 2008

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Feb, 2013

    73/100

    The final two minutes, basically, really really annoyed me, and rudely splashed water in the face of my burgeoning "Holy shit this is actually pretty damn good for what I assumed was just going to be your typical Karate Kid template underdog fight picture, but with a lot more fucks, double-crosses and Rebecca Pidgeon" excitement.

    But the rest of it is aces. Clever plotting keeps the wheels well hidden, covered by looser scene construction (like the gun accident, with…