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  • I Kill Giants

    I Kill Giants

    ★★★½

    The world is seen through Barbara’s eyes, leaving everything often grey, murky and dull. Splashes of colour occasionally brighten the picture as the young teen starts to open up, but life soon trips her up again and kicks her in the guts. Each blow is reflected with more drizzle, more storms and less light to reflect exactly how Barbara feels, immersing the viewer further into the universe as Barbara sees it.

    Despite her defensiveness, she is not a difficult character…

  • The Islands and the Whales

    The Islands and the Whales

    ★★★★

    The best documentaries are usually the ones where the storyteller takes a step aside and allows the pictures and the characters to tell the audience in their own words what's happening, but invariably they are the hardest to make.

    Director and cinematographer Mike Day masterfully structures his documentary in a fairly linear fashion to show, and avoid telling, how this community live, why so many of the island's population take part in or allow the mass slaughter to happen, and…

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  • Crash

    Crash

    Wow what a revelation. Apparently black people can be racist of white people, white people can be racist of black people, black people can be racist of black people, black people can be racist of hispanic people, white people can be racist of middle-eastern people, middle eastern people can be racist of hispanic people, hispanic people are nice, white people can't be racist of white people.

    BUT.

    Those same black people can be nice to white people, those white people…

  • First Blood

    First Blood

    ★★★★

    I kind of thought it would be a mindless action film where Sly goes around killing the bad guys in the jungle with his machine gun and that's about it. Like Predator, I guess, just without the Predator.

    I was wrong. It's excellent. I found it very entertaining, and also quite sad. Sure, Rambo is this bad-ass, super elite soldier who can kill a man practically by looking at him with his wonky face, but I never realised there was…