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  • Inglourious Basterds

    Inglourious Basterds

    ★★★★★

    "Nazi ain't got no humanity."

    I don't shave as often as I should, and therefore have a perpetual five o'clock shadow. But whenever I do shave, I always get a little razor burn on my neck, just below my Adam's apple. It looks a little like a scar. And whenever I see that, I think of Aldo Raine. It gives me false hope that one day I might be half as cool as Brad Pitt.

    It really speaks to the…

  • The Hateful Eight

    The Hateful Eight

    ★★★★½

    "You only need to hang mean bastards.
    But mean bastards, you need to hang!"

    Was 4.0, now 4.5.

    Possibly my least favourite of Quentin's post-Death Proof output, but I've definitely warmed to the cold theatrics of The Hateful Eight through this revisit. Ennio Morricone's score is sensational, Robert Richardson's 70mm cinematography leaves an indelible impression, and the ensemble are all near-perfect (in particular Jackson and Goggins). Admittedly the mystery angle does lose some lustre upon re-watches, but the overall tension…

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  • The Bling Ring

    The Bling Ring

    ★★★

    "I want some Chanel."

    I was going to watch Marie Antoinette last night, but those jerks on Prime UK have made it unavailable again. So I had to settle for another Sofia Coppola film instead.

    The Bling Ring was a bit too superficial for me. I understand that's the point - and these people were exactly like that in real life - but I suspect Sofia enjoys showing off the group's ill-gotten gains a little too freely, without ever tipping…

  • Lost in Translation

    Lost in Translation

    ★★★★

    "It's Suntory time."

    More Sofia, as promised. However, Lost in Translation lacks the immediate conflict and palpable progression I appreciated in The Virgin Suicides, and instead consists largely of two lonely souls suffering from some serious ennui and culture shock. It's a bit like most Wes Anderson projects in that sense, only without the deadpan wit and meticulous compositions which normally offset some of the wistfulness.

    Still extremely watchable - Japan looks lovely, and Murray/Johansson are electric - but it's not quite the knockout I was expecting.

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  • Green Room

    Green Room

    ★★★★

    "Who are you?"
    "Odin Himself."

    Tight, tense, and terrifying. Green Room may be this generation's Assault on Precinct 13. It's certainly more gripping than Blue Ruin, mostly by virtue of having better protagonists. Anton Yelchin is fantastic, and so are his band mates. I just wish every character got more screen time - I don't know if that's a good sign or a bad one. Either way, I actually want to watch this again, like, right now.

    And speaking as a Scott Pilgrim fan, it was pretty sweet to see Mark Webber again (Stephen Stills!), even if he's almost unrecognisable as a Neo-Nazi skinhead.

  • Ocean's Eleven

    Ocean's Eleven

    ★★★★½

    "He came... he grabbed... they conquered."

    One of those rare movies that's a metaphor for itself: an audacious affair of epic proportions, whose success seems like an impossible proposition. Yet somehow Soderbergh and the screenwriters manage to pull it off, and therefore much of the pleasure comes from seeing exactly how they do it. It ain't perfect - the Julia Roberts romance feels decidedly sexless, Don Cheadle's "cockney" accent is horrific - but for a film that initially appears dependent on mammoth star power (Clooney! Pitt! Damon!), it emerges as an overwhelmingly joyous enterprise.