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  • Assassination

    Assassination

    ★★★½

    It's like the Korean version of The Patriot - though there's no great Jason Isaacs equivalent to cut through the convoluted story (hallo long lost twin!) and it's super earnest and cloying for my tastes.

    But dude, that scene where Jun JiHyun jumps from one roof to another, trips and rolls into a sign and crashes onto the ground, crawls for the gun, stands and starts shooting, all in one take? Dude....I love Korean action stunts/directing. You ain't gonna see ScarJo doing that shit in one take.

  • Chef

    Chef

    ★★★★

    A lovely movie that will inspire you to immediately go out to one of the best restaurants in Seoul and spent 50,000 won on a super delicious steak that you totally can't afford but who cares about money when there's great food to be eaten.

    And then you'll roll home patting your round belly happily and rewatch that grilled cheese sandwich bit and waddle your way to the supermarket and cry because good cheese isn't really a thing in Seoul.…

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  • Frozen

    Frozen

    ★★½

    The 90s was the perfect decade to be a child, movie wise. You had the films that came before - Dumbo, Fox and the Hound, Snow White, Bambi, Rescuers. Then you had an onslaught of super Disney movies leading you through your early childhood, before Pixar took your hand - Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (underrated but if you watch it again, the religious/sexual themes of the film are shocking - plus it…

  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

    ★★★★½

    If I'd seen this when I was 12, I would have gone apeshit.

    Ah, who am I kidding. I'm 22 and I still went apeshit.

    It has all the elements I love from a blockbuster:

    1. Characters I give a shit about (and whose names, despite their godawfulness, I actually made an effort to know.)

    Jennifer Lawrence brings it. She infuses Katniss with the grit, cynicism, strength, vulnerability, determination, ruthlessness and intelligence befitting a character who is at once a…