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  • Eden

    Eden

    ★★★★

    A bit of a cautionary tale, showing someone following his dreams while others start on their journey at the same time and maintain their path in a steadier, ever-upward, trajectory, Eden is very good stuff, and underpinned with a pretty damn superb soundtrack.

  • Maniac

    Maniac

    ★★★★

    It was surely a fool's errand to even try to remake the notorious Maniac (1980), the film directed by William Lustig that remains a disturbing and grimy modern horror classic to this day. And Elijah Wood being involved? I am one of many who generally guffawed at the idea. Guffaw, I say, and guffaw again.

    And here we are, eight years later. This remake has been acclaimed as a great film by many horror fans, and Wood has made a…

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  • Trainspotting

    Trainspotting

    ★★★★★

    I don't think it's overstating the fact to say that Trainspotting was one of the defining films of the 1990s. Slowly but surely, almost everyone involved with the film developed a pretty successful film career (with Ewan McGregor, arguably, going on to be the most successful). Danny Boyle confidently delivered on that film-savvy potential that he'd shown with Shallow Grave. The soundtrack was one of the best of the decade, and the marketing and poster design is still being utilised…

  • Green Room

    Green Room

    ★★★★½

    AKA that film that features Patrick Stewart as the leader of a bunch of neo-Nazis. AKA "Do you feel lucky, punk?"

    Written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier, who previously gave us the excellent Blue Ruin (and before that gave us Murder Party - which I have yet to watch), Green Room could accurately be described as a snarling beast of a film. It feels raw and visceral throughout, and not just because the main protagonists are members of a punk…