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  • Only God Forgives

    Only God Forgives

    ★★★½

    Ultra stylish but a bit too slow and meandering to win me over (not that I don't love slow-burning films, that is - they also have to be interesting and unfortunately this isn't always that), Only God Forgives is a step down from the previous Ryan Gosling/Nicolas Winding Refn collaboration on Drive but has enough to just about recommend.

     It is unafraid of its vision and is bold enough to pull out all the stops without fear of shying away…

  • The Italian Job

    The Italian Job

    ★★★★½

    Possibly one of the greatest car chases in cinematic history - if not the greatest - looks absolutely terrific on the big screen thanks to an anniversary re-release screening, and that Quincy Jones soundtrack joins the all time greats, if it was not there already. Elements of this film don't hold up that well - but when it gets to that final act Peter Collinson really steps up his game. Few sights in film are better than watching the white,…

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  • Alien

    Alien

    ★★★★★

    Hoop-Tober 2015! (1/31)

    "Now, this air shaft may work to our advantage. Here. It leads up to and comes out in the main airlock. All right, there's only one big opening along the way, we can cover that up, and then we... drive it into the airlock and zap it into outer space."

    And yet another classic movie that I should have probably seen by now is ticked off my watchlist. Hot on the heels of the likes of Lost…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    Well, that was something special. I'm really glad that I watched The Umbrellas of Cherbourg the day before because there are clear influences from that masterpiece on Damien Chazelle. Together these two movies have made me far more invested in musicals than I was previously, with Bugsy Malone being another highlight but beyond that the list starts to get a bit thinner.

    Here La La Land follows on two people with big dreams. Mia (Emma Stone) is an aspiring actress…