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  • Django Unchained
  • Le Samouraï
  • They Came Together
  • Lone Star

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  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    ★★★½

  • The Sixth Sense

    ★★★½

  • The Silence of the Sea

    ★★★★

  • Birth

    ★★★★

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  • 3:10 to Yuma

    3:10 to Yuma

    ★★★★★

    I have no qualms calling this movie an outstanding modern classic; I respect it more ardently than I do most 21st century cinema. Perhaps that’s due to the age I first saw it, but rewatch after rewatch my admiration hasn’t wavered. 

    “They had a lot of weapons, mister… and they was shootin’ bullets.”

    And what a head-turning reference it is when Evans ‘recalls’ defending the US Capitol from confederate insurgents... some things, etc. etc.

    “The day I die, Byron, I’m…

  • Evening Plans

    Evening Plans

    Screened in the actual Filmhouse cinema on the big screen along with the other New Visions short films selected & nominated at the Edinburgh Film Festival this year - and what a strange & joyous experience. Watching what we made in January over in Leith projected for real was surreal.

    Hope to do it again soon :)

    🥰🤩🎞📽❤️

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  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    ★★★½

    I admit that after hearing for so long that this film is Really Fucked Up, it didn’t blow me away. It’s not exactly tame, and it’s certainly got a confidence I have to applaud - that editing style is insane - but it hasn’t stuck with me very much. 

    One of those cultural moments I just missed completely even though I remember being aware of the trailer. Fincher is so weird to me. Sometimes it’s Grade-A phenomenal, often it’s so…

  • The Sixth Sense

    The Sixth Sense

    ★★★½

    Impromptu 1999 Double-Bill - Part 2
    I knew the ending, and yet that made it all the more fun to watch how they did it.

    Heavy and a little uneven, but definitely good. Outstanding kid-acting.

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  • Frankenstein's Monster's Monster, Frankenstein

    Frankenstein's Monster's Monster, Frankenstein

    "She loved morphine."
    "Did she?! That's great."

  • Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One

    Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One

    ★★

    How depressing. Fails everywhere they succeeded with Fallout. Unimaginative and drab action. Deadweight plot. Awful costumes. Atwell adds nothing. The setpieces are either over before they begin or go on for years in tedious ways. It’s like they got incredibly lucky last time. This is palpably a step backwards. It’s so disappointing.

    I hadn’t expected Covid to be such an obvious hindrance on this film, but you can see it limiting them. The nightclub scene ‘inside’ The Entity is simply shit,…