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  • War for the Planet of the Apes

    War for the Planet of the Apes

    ★★★★½

    It wasn't supposed to be this way.

    When the reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise was mooted around a decade or so ago, it's fair to say that very few greeted it with much enthusiasm. Perhaps driven in part by Tim Burton's poorly received effort at bringing the franchise back to prominence, but also driven by apathy towards a series that people were hardly clamouring to see the return of in the first place. Plus the fact that…

  • Pale Flower

    Pale Flower

    ★★★½

    The June / July Classic Crime and Noir Project: 1930-1969

    I had been intending to watch several Japanese films during this project but I couldn't track down any of the ones I had listed, except Pale Flower. And that took some effort to track down itself.

    Disappointing, really, as I have an as yet untapped interest in Japanese crime from this era and nudging into the 1970s. I wouldn't say my ventures into it have been an unqualified success so…

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  • Trainspotting

    Trainspotting

    ★★★★½

    Choose Letterboxd. Choose films. Choose downloading the app. Choose paying money for a membership just so you don’t have to see some fucker adding 500 films to their watchlist. Choose following a few thousand people and then never reading a fucking word they say. Choose writing “Read the full review on my website!” knowing full well no cunt is ever going to follow that link. Choose asking Sally Jane Black to watch Rogue Nation and then seeing her do a…

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    What makes a 5 star film?

    There are lots of different criteria floating around for what makes one. By their own admission, some people are a lot freer with dishing out such a grading whilst others insist a film practically has to become their all time favourite to receive full marks.

    It is, of course, completely dependent on the individual. I've often wondered if I am quite strict or quite liberal with the amount of times I've handed out full…