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  • Sucker Punch

    Sucker Punch

    Watching Sucker Punch is like watching a friend you don't really like play a videogame for two hours. Making things worse is the stranger sat between you both aggressively wanking over his iPod full of shit reworkings of your favourite songs.

    Sucker Punch is not only as bad as you've heard, it's worse.

  • Long Weekend

    Long Weekend

    ★★★★★

    A real 70's gem.

    A couple who treat life and nature with as much apathy as they do each other, head out for a weekend away. While she wants a hotel and luxurious bottles of champagne, he wants the adventure of camping alongside wildlife by an apparently peaceful beach.

    But nature has other ideas.....

    No, this isn't The Happening but a seriously serious effort to make us all very scared indeed, first by getting them lost in the dark -…

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  • Supersonic

    Supersonic

    ★★★★

    I've always seen Oasis as an annoying comedy duo rather than a serious band. As a manc myself, its possibly sacrilege but i always preferred Blur. And Suede. And The Bluetones. And most other british acts from that time.

    Oasis were not the greatest band in the world.

    But they were committed to causing some kind of cultural havoc and they did i suppose, for a couple of years before Be Here Now sank them and killed a treasured era.

    I appreciate them more as entertaining museum pieces. So does this film.

  • The Day the Earth Caught Fire

    The Day the Earth Caught Fire

    ★★★★

    Like Fincher's Zodiac? Give this a whirl.

    It's not as ruthlessly terrific, but like Fincher's backroom of a newspaper approach to the serial killer film, The Day the Earth Caught Fire does similar, but with the familiar disaster movie genre.

    The plot could be the follow up to 1951's The Day the Earth Stood Still but whereas that was about the warning - this is about the event; when mankind finally pushes it too far - resulting in dual nuclear…

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    Whiplash is about a drummer (I’m a drummer) who joins an ensemble (I joined an ensemble) so when I first read about the film, it had me at ‘drummer joins ensemble’. Luckily (or unluckily) that’s where the similarities end. Whereas my band-leader uses words like ‘Good Job’, J.K. Simmons character believes no two words are more harmful.

    It’s tough being a drummer in an ensemble (boo hoo Graham) but the film goes someway to explaining why. You are essentially the…

  • Stand by Me

    Stand by Me

    ★★★★★

    Graham J: (Logs into Letterboxd – Sees Ed Norton)

    Letterboxd (LB) - Try again please!

    Graham J: (Logs into Letterboxd, a little harder on the keys)

    LB – Welcome friend! How are you?

    GJ – Please stop talking *rubs veiny temple* I’m trying to concentrate, (clicks Add Film, S….St…..Stand by Me, add review)

    LB – Holy sh……...hold the phone - is this it? Is this really it? Stand by Me?……Are you….

    GJ – …….going to write about my favourite film…