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  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

    The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

    ★★★★★

    If there is a film out there that covers forty plus years of one man’s life more elegantly, more poignantly or more poetically than this, I have yet to see it. Written and directed by the filmmaking team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (A Matter of Life and Death, The Red Shoes), this production is a case study in how to deliver a character study with class, dignity and a quiet beauty. Rare is the film that clocks in…

  • House

    House

    Pure madness. It’s like an insane fever dream. A horror movie that leans heavily on the absurd and the surreal to make the audience uncomfortable… but it also has plenty of gore and frightening imagery. One that must be seen to be believed… and chances are you still won’t believe it.

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  • Sicario: Day of the Soldado

    Sicario: Day of the Soldado

    ★★★

    Crude and unrelenting in its brutal depiction of drug-addled violence and often graceless in its execution but it never left me bored.

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★½

    Bumping up half a star on rewatch... it really is exceptional!

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  • What We Do in the Shadows

    What We Do in the Shadows

    ★★★★½

    “When you are a vampire you become very... sexy!”

    The fake documentary – or mockumentary – has been around for decades, struggling to find a fresh angle. Happily, that is not the case with this one. Written, produced and directed by Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi, the screenwriters have breathed new life into a worn out genre. The creature and make-up effects are better than would be expected which helps keep the film feeling authentic. A brilliantly hysterical take on the vampire movie.

  • The Assassin

    The Assassin

    ★½

    I'm a fairly smart guy with above average intelligence... and I've seen quite a few movies in my time, yet I cannot tell you anything that happened in this confusing wuxia story. I was bored senseless, wishing for the end credits to finally roll. Though it is only 105 minutes, it felt interminable.

    My first film of director Hsiao-hsien Hou... and I have little desire to check out the rest of his filmography. A colossal disappointment.