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  • Paterson

    Paterson

    ★★★★★

    I started out watching Jim Jarmusch films in chronological order after somebody (I've forgotten who it was) told me that he peaked early and that none of his later films lived up to that early promise. Whoever that forgotten person was, they clearly had VERY different tastes to me! I found Stranger than Paradise and Down By Law to be incredibly frustrating experiences, Mystery Train and Night on Earth to be mixed bags, but from Dead Man and Ghost Dog

  • One Sings, the Other Doesn't

    One Sings, the Other Doesn't

    ★★★★★

    March Around The World 2018 #23: France

    For some reason I can't quite explain I've had this strong feeling for a while that I would love Agnès Varda's films. I can only assume it's because I've been aware for a while that she's a big fan of cats, or because every time I see a photo of her it's amazing. Neither of those things necessarily indicates a person's skill as a filmmaker but now that I've finally gotten around to…

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  • Mom and Dad

    Mom and Dad

    ★★★★

    After the Crank films I was really excited to see what Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor would do with their hyperactive talents, but all we got was that inexplicably terrible second Ghost Rider film and an awful-looking exorcism film from Neveldine that I couldn't even be bothered to watch. But Brian Taylor's Mom & Dad finally delivers another slab of deliciously insane thrills to match the Crank films - and with Nic Cage and Selma Blair as parents desperate to kill…

  • Instant Swamp

    Instant Swamp

    ★★★

    This was the third (and last) film included in a box set of Satoshi Miki's films that I picked up a while ago, and I think I can safely say I have a good handle on his style now - he sets up a likable protagonist who is experiencing some kind of life crisis, then Weird Shit happens for 90 minutes or so, then the film ends. Instant Swamp definitely fits that pattern, but didn't work quite as well for…

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  • Addams Family Values

    Addams Family Values

    ★★★★★

    Morticia: I'm just like any modern woman trying to have it all. Loving husband, a family. It's just... I wish I had more time to seek out the dark forces and join their hellish crusade.

    <3

  • Snake Eyes

    Snake Eyes

    ★★★★

    Murder, betrayal and corruption in Atlantic City! There's a lot of cliches here, but the energetic direction and performances carry it through with style... Nicolas Cage hits a nice mid-point between his wildest roles and the more subtle ones, as a corrupt-yet-loveable cop investigating a murder during a boxing match. Stan Shaw, as the defeated boxer, is particularly great - the deflated pride and pain in his eyes as he talks about losing his heavyweight belt feel really genuine, an…