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  • The Zero Boys

    The Zero Boys 1986

    ★½ Watched 26 Apr, 2016 6

    Schizophrenic 80s genre curio that should have been left in the VHS elephants graveyard in which it had been languishing. Arrow Video have been doing a fine job providing some glossy gilding to some wonderfully disreputable titles, but this tame effort really doesn't deserve it.

    Full review for TVBomb magazine here.

  • Son of Saul

    Son of Saul 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 24 Apr, 2016

    Possibly one of the finest, and definitely one of the most harrowing, depictions of the holocaust every committed to film. A committed, humane and compassionate depiction of a misunderstood and often reviled subset of Auschwitz inmates.

    Full review for TVBomb magazine here.

  • Chronic

    Chronic 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 04 Apr, 2016

    Tim Roth is amazing in a very difficult, taciturn role as a care nurse whose professional demeanour begins to tip into impropriety. Full review for TVBomb here.

  • The Absent One

    The Absent One 2014

    ★★★ Watched 21 Mar, 2016

    Decent follow up to The Keeper of Lost Causes, but lacks the depth of the best Scandanavian dramas. Review for TVBomb here.

  • The Witch

    The Witch 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 24 Mar, 2016

    A stunning debut. Full review for TVBomb here

  • Kind Hearts and Coronets

    Kind Hearts and Coronets 1949

    ★★★★★ Watched 16 Mar, 2016

    I intend to retire. After using the silken rope... never again be content with hemp. - The Hangman.

    The line above, uttered by the dutiful public servant charged with severing the vertebrae of Louis D'Ascoyne Mazzini, 10th Duke of Chalfont, is a wonderful distillation of the tone and themes of the masterful Ealing classic Kind Hearts and Coronets. The waspish, acidic humour rubs deliciously against the genteel gloss of Edwardian society. For the hangman, even though he is carrying out…

  • They Live

    They Live 1988

    ★★★ Watched 07 Mar, 2016

    The clever thing about They Live is that it functions as a (not-especially subtle) critique of Reaganomics, but also the parody of the 'one-man army' narratives of 80's action movies, that were deeply conservative in outlook and drenched in the kind of distasteful American exceptionalism that still seems ingrained now.

    They Live is that great contrarian John Carpenter's left-wing swipe at everything he saw wrong with the US as, through the wonder of special sunglasses, a down-at-heel construction worker called…

  • John Wick

    John Wick 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Mar, 2016

    If Mad Max: Fury Road blew the action genre into epic territory, John Wick strips it back to its purest form.  Keanu Reeves plays to his strengths as the eponymous assassin, emerging from self-imposed retirement to take summary revenge on the home invaders who kill his dog, the last remaining link he has to his late wife.  To muddy the waters, one of the thugs is the son of his former employer, Russian mob kingpin Michael Nyqvist.

    Chad Stahelski and…

  • Brighton Rock

    Brighton Rock 1947

    ★★★½ Watched 05 Mar, 2016

    The Boulting brothers' version of Graham Greene's classic novel retains the heavy blanket of Catholicism that adds so much weight to its source. This is shown in the two characters of Richard Attenborough's Pinkie and Carol Marsh's Rose, and their interpretation of their faith. Like contemporary Evelyn Waugh, Greene wrestled with his faith through his fiction, and Rose and Pinkie's attitude to their metaphysical concerns are as important to Brighton Rock as its ostensible plot about the clashing razor gangs…

  • Nina Forever

    Nina Forever 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Feb, 2016

    Everyone has someone that was taken from them too soon; that they would give anything to be able to see again, and find some closure, or even to just spend another few moments with them to tell them how much they meant. When that person was a partner, it adds guilt to the mix when eventually time wields its sutures and the bereaved has the chance to move on with someone new.

    Ben and Chris Blaine weld this weighty theme…

  • Amy

    Amy 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 01 Mar, 2016

    Unusually, I can remember exactly where I was on July 23rd 2011 when I found about the death by alcohol poisoning of Amy Winehouse. I was in a corner shop in Leeds and they had the BBC news onscreen. I shrugged. It had kind of seemed inevitable – yet another musician in the stupid club. What irked me more than anything was the immediate switch made by the media, from revelling in her continued drug and alcohol fuelled public meltdowns,…

  • The Final Girls

    The Final Girls 2015

    ★★★ Watched 01 Mar, 2016

    Lots to like but comedy-horror with the emphasis very much on the comedy.

    Full review for Scream Horror Magazine here