Michael's Cinema Paradiso

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Favorite films

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Children of Men
  • Squid Game
  • The Running Man

Recent activity

  • Violent Night


  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas


  • Jennifer Eight


  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2


Pinned reviews

  • Visitor Q

    Visitor Q


    Review: Just when you thought Takashi Miike couldn’t get any more depraved than Ichi the Killer, he delivers this straight-to-video nasty in the same year!

    Upon starting the film, you’ll be convinced you’ve been given the wrong disc (or downloaded the wrong thing entirely), so please bear with the 12 minute opening sequence.

    As perverse as the film is, Miike has a bold and painfully-true statement to make about human behaviour. The end of the 20th Century saw the mass…

  • Sukiyaki Western Django

    Sukiyaki Western Django


    Afterthoughts: Another laugh riot, from one of cinema's most productive and downright strange auteurs.

    I love this film so much, and upon what is now my 4th viewing, the novelty has still not worn off! This Kurosawa-Leone-Tarantino mashup is one of those perfect 'show your friends' kinda films; one you thought could only possibly exist in your wildest dreams.

    Miike references, homages and parodies all the generic conventions of both the samurai and spaghetti western classics of old in the…

Recent reviews

  • The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games


    Afterthoughts: It’s no Running Man is it?!

    The direction of this film is so shit. I started this maybe 8 years ago and couldn’t get past the first 25 minutes because of how poorly shot it is. But tonight I put my snobbery aside and persevered. Gary Ross (who I do like for Pleasantville and Seabiscuit) doesn’t direct the other films so that fills me with confidence.

    I do like Katniss though, so I’m looking forward to more of her going forward.

  • Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho


    Afterthoughts: Not really sure how this isn’t classed as a remake of Repulsion (1965)?

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