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  • One Cut of the Dead

    One Cut of the Dead

    ★★★★

    A crowd pleasing delight best experienced with as little knowledge going in as possible, but fuck it, I'll try my best to expand on my thoughts without revealing the secret joys of Shinichirou Ueda's film. The only aspect revealed to audiences prior to seeing One Cut of the Dead is the near 40 minute single take that opens the film - an audacious gamble to capture audience attention, even if it's carried out with a rather amateur sensibility befitting its…

  • Brexit: The Uncivil War

    Brexit: The Uncivil War

    ★★½

    Britain’s vote to leave the European Union was one of the most seismic political shocks in recent memory. Whichever way your vote fell, there was no doubting that this was a truly significant moment – and the closest Britain’s first past the post electoral system will get to a populist election victory in the vein of Trump. Britain is scheduled to leave the EU on March 29th, but there is no sign that it will stop dominating the headlines from…

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  • It Follows

    It Follows

    ★★★★

    With the blockbuster success of Fifty Shades of Grey in cinemas worldwide, many pundits are claiming that this marks a new era for “sex positive” movies- and much more importantly, the basic idea of a woman being as sexually open as her male counterparts not being a source of cinematic shame, but one of pride. It’s only been two decades since what I dub the “unofficial Michael Douglas misogyny trilogy” of Fatal Attraction, Basic Instinct and Disclosure hit cinemas, films…

  • Kong: Skull Island

    Kong: Skull Island

    ★½

    I have rarely seen a cinema audience as rowdy as the crowd at my screening of Kong: Skull Island yesterday evening. Roughly ten minutes in to the film, peaceful decorum in the auditorium seemed to be abolished, with audience interaction reaching a level usually associated with cult classics like The Rocky Horror Picture Show or The Room, not a preview screening of a would-be franchise starter.

    Here was a crowd actively hating a movie in real time, loudly questioning plot…