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  • Soldier

    Soldier

    ★½

    Kurt Russell must be a bit like the biblical Samson. Shorn of his gorgeous flowing mullet he appears to have lost all his powers. As well as losing his hair, he's lost the need for dialogue and expression as he's playing a near emotionless and wordless android. I guess it's a good performance? He does look exceptionally blank all the time. Must have been a fucking easy pay day.

    Soldier perplexes me. It's penned by David Peoples. He worked on…

  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    ★★★★★

    Final Cut

    Still looks absolutely glorious... It's staggering what Ridley Scott managed to achieved with this film. Philip K. Dick's imagination brought to life with one of the most densely packed and detailed showcases of world building ever brought to the screen. A grimy near sunless dystopia filled with swirling smoke, endless rain, neon lights, gigantic digital billboards, flying cars and sky bound jets of flame. Cityspeak ringing out through densely populated streets. Blade Runner has become the aesthetic blueprint…

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  • The Emperor's Nightingale

    The Emperor's Nightingale

    ★★★½

    The Weekly Animation Challenge 2019 : Week 3: January 15th - January 21st
    An animated film from Europe (extra credit for a country that's no longer on the map)

    The sort of film the word "charming" was invented for. The Emperor's nightingale is a Czechoslovakian (boo-yah extra credit) film featuring early but incredibly sweet stop motion animation with some delightfully twee character models. There's plenty of interesting techniques on display and visually it's a real treat.

    It's based on the…

  • Decasia

    Decasia

    ★★★★

    Decay can sometimes be beautiful.

    That might seem a strange central tennant to any piece or art but it proves to be the case here.

    Heartbreakingly beautiful decay.

    Morrison's film Decasia is made entirely out of snippets of distressed and decomposed nitrate film stock and cut together to produce a montage of memories slowly eroding away for all time.

    I don't know how Morrison managed to gather so many interesting clips together, how many film archives across the States he…

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  • The Wizard of Oz

    The Wizard of Oz

    ★★★★★

    Do you ever wish you could forget one of your favourite films, just so you could experience it again for the very first time?

    I have. 

    The two options are probably extremely dangerous brain surgery or numerous rounds of expensive hypnotherapy.

    I've decided having children is the marginally less dangerous but ridiculously more expensive way of achieving this.

    I've just watched The Wizard of Oz with my daughter on my lap. I experienced her every laugh at something funny, her…

  • Dr. No

    Dr. No

    ★★★★

    Nobody ranks Bond better for Bond-a-thon

    "World domination, the same old dream. Our asylums are full of people who think they're Napoleon. Or God."

    I have general rule about the Bond Canon which I'll keep returning to, it is at its best when it tries to break the mould that it's previously established. It's a series that's constantly reinvented itself for the changing times. For me as a general rule, the last film a Bond actor makes is usually their…