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  • Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

    Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

    ★★

    It's funny how two side characters in a low-budget black-and-white indie, Clerks, would headline their own cameo-heavy comedy adventure just seven years later. In colour! The whole Kevin Smith thing passed me by in the '90s, although I was aware of his name, because the brash American style of stoner/geek comedy just wasn't my thing.

    I enjoy a good dick and fart joke as much as the next man-child, if I'm in the right mood, but Jay and Silent Bob…

  • Nightbreed

    Nightbreed

    ★★

    Hellraiser was such a remarkable directorial debut for Clive Barker that almost anything he did next was going to disappoint, but Nightbreed seriously bombed and perhaps damaged his filmmaking career irreparably. He returned with Lord of Illusions in 1995, but that wasn't a success either, so Barker retreated from the movies and stuck to writing horror novels.

    Nightbreed was revised in the Cabal cut from 2014, but I think the version I saw on Amazon Prime was the original theatrical…

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  • Toni Erdmann

    Toni Erdmann

    Sorry, but this doesn't deserve the acclaim festooned upon it. 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, I see. Amazing.

    TONI ERDMANN is a German drama miss-sold as a comedy (the lead actress even agrees), about an eccentric father with a love of disguises, who pays his estranged career-minded daughter a surprise visit, and proceeds to cause her great embarrassment.

    Good idea. FUNNY idea. They're going to remake this with Kristen Wiig and Jack Nicholson. So someone clearly thinks it's a comedy in…

  • 45 Years

    45 Years

    ★★★

    Lovely performances and an intriguing catalyst, but it doesn't really go anywhere all that interesting. 45 YEARS would've made a good television drama on ITV one Sunday. For some reason it's a movie.