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  • My Neighbor Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro 1988

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 03 Jul, 2016

    Still brilliant but this time around let down a little by the revised subtitles on the StudioCanal Studio Ghibli Collection edition blu-ray. Might be worth losing out on picture quality and reverting to an older DVD release. 'Dust bunnies' and extra sass? No thanks.

  • Trainwreck

    Trainwreck 2015

    ★½ Watched 21 May, 2016

    Cutting at least 30 minutes of bad jokes and cameos would make this a good film. It follows the ever expanding trend that dictates nothing can be left to be funny; every situation or gag is trampled over and dragged out with a verbal recap and three 'wacky, omg so much fun on set, [co-star's] a genius, lols' improv lines. Apatow's haggard formula limps on.

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  • No Manifesto: A Film About Manic Street Preachers

    No Manifesto: A Film About Manic Street Preachers 2015

    ★★½ Watched 03 Feb, 2015

    The description states that No Manifesto tells the whole story of the Manic Street Preachers. It does not.
    The film was shot around 2004/5, after which the footage was canned and festered for a decade. What has come out is a poorly made inadvertent document of the band's wilderness years. Viewed in contrast against the recent forward-thinking, relevant, focused and successful Futurology album, as well as the sold-out The Holy Bible tours (on which The Manics gave the best performance…

  • Scarface

    Scarface 1983

    ★★★ Watched 02 Jan, 2013 1

    As an action film or the movie that makes Tony Montana a hip hop hero and student poster boy, Scarface is dreadful.
    However, as a black comedy, Pacino's hilarious portrayal of a deluded dimwit is brilliant - part Kenny Powers, part the best character Rob Brydon never invented - and the supporting roles are just as good, showing how far pigheadedness can get hard-working nobodies. That this man is a hero to so many compounds the humour and it's amazing…