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  • The Purge 2013

    ★★★ Watched 15 Apr, 2014

    It's a shame to see such an interesting idea so full of potential squandered in such a mediocre way. In the end, this is a generally serviceable home-invasion horror that leaves any real intelligence at the front door. Scary, jumpy and nothing special.

    A note on the viewing: Viewed in High Definition at 1080i resolution.

  • First Position 2012

    ★★★ Watched 10 Apr, 2014

    Interesting, if not entirely groundbreaking. A documentary showing how many talented kids never get discovered would offer an interesting alternative. For now, however, we have the success stories.

    A note on the viewing: Viewed in High Definition at 720p resolution via Netflix.

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  • Insomnia 2002

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 11 Apr, 2014

    Probably Christopher Nolan's best film (which may come down to the fact he isn't responsible for the plot). A menacing crime thriller that proves remakes can, once in a blue moon, do something original and extraordinary with the material they have.

    A note on the viewing: Viewed in 2K High Definition via the US Blu-ray release from Warner Bros. Disney haven't ever released a BD in the UK, so it is a pleasure to get this stellar transfer from Warner Bros. It really is worth importing (or nipping over there to get).

  • Midnight Cowboy 1969

    ★★★★ Watched 09 Aug, 2012 1

    Although it's not the masterpiece some claim it to be, the breathless originality and vibrant performances of the film carry it through.

    A note on the viewing: Watched on a 40" widescreen HD television on Blu-ray disc in full 1080p high definition. Fox's BD release isn't great. Image quality is unpredictable. I suspect it was transferred from an old or poor quality source.