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  • Brawl in Cell Block 99

    Brawl in Cell Block 99

    ★★★

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like if the people who write the dreadful dialogue for videogames were given the budget to make a film?

    No?

    Well, that's what Brawl in Cell Block 99 is here for: to answer a question no-one was asking. And for good measure, why not throw in Vince Vaughn doing the least amount of acting I think I've ever seen an actor do.

    Having said that, it's not an entirely awful film. It's…

  • The Cave

    The Cave

    ★★

    Not going to lie, I was very excited by the setup in this film. It reminded me of Jeff Long's book The Descent in which a group of explorers find a cave which leads to an underground world, an enclosed ecosystem with demon-like creatures in an entire society that might be "hell".

    Unfortunately, after a promising setup, the film then goes off in an entirely pedestrian direction with endless, tired genre cliches and MY GOD the worst-filmed action sequences I've ever seen.

    What a waste.

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  • Sneakers

    Sneakers

    ★★★★★

    I fucking LOVE this film. It's my ultimate comfort film.

    BUT.

    There's a bit, a plot point, where Mary McDonnell was pretending to be hooked up with Stephen Tobolowsky on a computer date to get his office access card and his voice print and stuff and she gets stung. Except they make it look like she's not stung. And then, being a pro grifter, she goes "This is the last computer date I go on" and Ben Kingsley mafia-hacker goes…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★½

    If you were to draw a venn diagram of three of my favourite films — Rocky, Full Metal Jacket and The Social Network — right in the middle you’d find Whiplash. In the same way that Jaws isn’t really a film about a shark, this isn’t really a film about drumming. It’s a film about obsession. It’s a film about drive and being driven. It’s a film about sacrifice.

    There’s so much to like about this film. The performances from…