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  • Harsh Times

    Harsh Times

    ★★★★

    Write what you know.

    These four words are pounded into the brains of every aspiring writer. Whether it is a novel you are writing, a short story or a screenplay, it is always best to stick to what you know. It doesn't necessarily mean that you should limit yourself to writing about your own life and places you know, but it is very hard to create characters and entire narratives around things you only know about anecdotally, to which you…

  • Black Mass

    Black Mass

    ★★★

    If you ever wondered what Goodfellas without a sense of humour would look like, I think you should have a look at Black Mass. This is the most succinct I can be in describing it.

    The story of Whitey Bulger has a lot of potential that lends itself almost too perfectly for cinematic treatment. An FBI agent makes a pact (hence the title referring to a satanic ritual) with a ruthless mobster whom he knew from childhood. A gangster becomes…

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  • The Road

    The Road

    ★★★★★

    Every single idiot hoping for a zombie apocalypse 'because it will be so cool' should be assigned to have a sit-down with "The road". Brutal, gritty, dull and depressingly sad, this film is probably the closest to what would actually happen in the event of shit hitting the proverbial fan. (Edit: though it has nothing to do with zombies, but a planet dying in a mysterious but straightforward fashion). It's never an easy watch and it does kick you in the stomach more than once, but it is simply a masterpiece.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Disclaimer: I think I should start by apologising in advance in case I lose decorum at some point and devolve into spouting profanity.

    When I first watched James Gunn's Guardians Of The Galaxy, I liked it a lot and thought of it as Star Wars for the modern adolescents. It was nothing like other comic book adaptations and was quite self-contained and it wasn't bogging itself down with tying the film to other entries to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It…