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  • Depeche Mode: 101

    Depeche Mode: 101

    ★★★★½

    There are few things I love more than tour documentaries. There's something beautifully self-pitying, self-aggrandising and generally alienating about the genre - of course touring is hard work and you're right to be tired, but there's still a feeling of "most bands would dream to make it so big you get to have your own plane." Interestingly, this film doesn't fall into that trap too much, but it's very clearly a film about alienation.

    In the traditional tour doc, alienation…

  • Ryuichi Sakamoto: CODA

    Ryuichi Sakamoto: CODA

    ★★★★½

    Sakamoto has always been a hero of mine by association. At 14 I discovered Japan and David Sylvian, and life was forever different. 'Forbidden Colours' has become an evergreen, but I mostly knew Sakamoto's collaborations with members of Japan and some of his soundtracks. Although I struggle with some of the music he puts out, I found this documentary absolutely delightful.

    I jokingly blame my being Dutch for not being able to get into music that is too "ambient". When…

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  • War Horse

    War Horse

    ★★

    What a shitfest. I would probably have liked this film better if it had been about a cat. Or, hell, even about that goose that walks around on the farm at the beginning of this film. That was a great goose.

    For a film called 'War Horse', it takes a long time for the 'war'-element to enter, so for the first 50 minutes, it's mainly 'horse' - and I happened to skip the horse part in my coming of age.…

  • Fifty Shades of Grey

    Fifty Shades of Grey

    ★★★

    Do you judge the film, or the book? I tried to judge the film on its own merit, but kind of failed. I suppose the good news is, the film in better than the book.

    I'm not going to lie, I looked forward to seeing this - how often do you see a book by a woman about a woman, adapted for the screen by a woman, and then directed by a woman. When the director is Sam Taylor-Johnson, I'm…