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  • Zombieland: Double Tap

    Zombieland: Double Tap

    ★★★½

    Considering the decade long gap between entries, Zombieland: Double Tap doesn’t exactly deviate too far from the original’s format and some of the gags and set-pieces are lazily repeated and recycled (Slo-mo / Metallica soundtracked opening credits again?). But the cast / characters are still hugely engaging and good company to spend screen-time with.
    Although not exactly an essential or highly anticipated sequel, I must admit I found this a fun, if frivolous, mix of gore and guffaws with a returning cast who are arguably far too qualified for this sort of thing.

  • VFW

    VFW

    ★★★★

    If The Mind’s Eye was Joe Begos’ tribute to David Cronenberg and Bliss was a madball mash-up of styles and themes encompassing exploitation heavy hitters like H.G.Lewis and Abel Ferrara, then this is undoubtedly his open love letter to John Carpenter.
    With a pulsating synth score, mood lighting and prowling camerawork, here’s a full-on ode to Assault On Precinct 13 / Escape From New York-era JC. An awesome cast of veteran cult character actors get tooled up in an ultraviolent…

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  • RoboCop

    RoboCop

    ★★★★★

    Browsing through my 2013 diary here on Letterboxd it became apparent the vast majority of films I watched last year were either current or recent releases. To remedy this I decided to expand my viewing habits a bit more in 2014 by catching up with a few more vintage offerings, whether they be first-time watches or long overdue rewatches.
    So, to this end I decided to set myself a mini movie season each and every month throughout this year in…

  • The Raid 2

    The Raid 2

    ★★★★

    2011's The Raid was lean, mean, lightning-paced, and carried absolutely zero baggage, it was a supercharged combination of visual flair and insane ultraviolence. So the decision to develop the story in this eagerly-awaited sequel to a far more expansive narrative based around an undercover infiltration of the underworld, and the duplicity and dealings of gangland politics and rivalry, was always going to deliver a different, far broader kind of film. As a result The Raid 2, weighing in at a…