Wesley Mead

Wesley Mead

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Film, music, TV, books. Born to run. Stay gold.

Favorite films

  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • Take This Waltz
  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • Grave of the Fireflies

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  • The Santa Stakeout

    ★★½

  • Home Alone 4

  • Home Alone: The Holiday Heist

    ★★

  • Father Christmas Is Back

    ★½

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  • Paintball Massacre

    Paintball Massacre

    ★½

    Watched as a) it was filmed locally to me, including at a pub I have frequented, and b) my wife and I have an unironic love of the band Steps, and their own Lee Latchford-Evans stars here. It's never boring, to its credit, indeed it's sometimes sorta fun, but.. it's rarely of any merit either.

  • Who's With Me?

    Who's With Me?

    ★★★★½

    Available on YouTube at youtu.be/JguqjhFqnmI

    One of the best micro-budget movies I’ve seen, a 72-minute tale of a man who awakens to find his apartment in quarantine and his connections to the outside world cut off. Beautifully shot - the flawless composition shone through even my TV’s overzealous YouTube compression. Inspired story, obviously prescient but also genuinely fascinating and entertaining - I found my mind actively wondering where things would go throughout, pursuing different ideas, a truly compelling narrative. Great…

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  • Nativity 3: Dude, Where's My Donkey?!

    Nativity 3: Dude, Where's My Donkey?!

    The first Nativity! flick is a gentle gem, a sweet little Christmassy testament to indie British filmmaking. The second suffered from trying to recapture the magic of its predecessor, but it was a solid three-star effort. Alas, this third addition to the franchise is utterly absymal, brainless and hopeless from front to back. The plot, if you can consider it that, makes absolutely zero sense, stretching the bounds of credulity way beyond breaking point. It fails on every level. A…

  • The Lego Movie

    The Lego Movie

    ★★★★½

    A meticulously-animated blend of exciting kid-flick comedy-action, and insightful commentary on such. It works on so many different levels: there's the meta-referencing, there's the self-aware understanding of Lego and rules and what it means to break them; but there's also the thrilling action parody, the near-constant runs of insanely good jokes, and the beautifully realised, Lego-fied look. I'll be extremely impressed if any 2014 animated movie outdoes this high-water mark.