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Kevin has written 62 reviews for films during 2017.

  • Twin Peaks: The Return

    Twin Peaks: The Return

    As much of a film as "Berlin Alecanderplatz" is; not really a film or a tv show, somewhere in between - but both have stretches of brilliance amid the intellectual wankery from their directors (the epilogue was dumb, Rainer).

    Twin Peaks has so many new characters, what was the point of it being a limited series? The return of Dale Cooper gets lost amid muddled plot threads that don't go anywhere; at least it's weird enough to keep my interest, and in the end I was drawn in by the off kilter pacing ("Green Onions", anyone?), the special effects, and (most of) the performances

  • 13 Most Beautiful... Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests

    13 Most Beautiful... Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests

    ★★★

    Part of the Last Days of DVD challenge

    A third of the length of "Chelsea Girls", so three times as bearable; still, I did fast forward through sections - most models in the piece just stare at the camera lens and do nothing for 3 minutes - must be a post-modern statement about not giving a damn about anything (but probably not). Lou Reed's section has an unreleased Velvet Underground song, which is the highlight of this Andy Warhol technical exercise in the mundane.

  • Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

    Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

    ★★½

    Part of the Last Days of DVD challenge

    Worse than I remember - the effects have aged poorly, the plot is muddled, and the acting is extremely wooden; dialogue is clunky, and some of the framing in scenes is outright amateur (especially considering that 'THX 1138' and the original trilogy still look good). Thankfully, I saw The Phantom Editor's fan edit ('Episode II.I. Attack of the Phantom') as it cuts out 40 minutes while still feeling seamless and cohesive (unlike…

  • Underground

    Underground

    ★★★★

    The mini series version is a more complete experience, though the first hour's comedy was a bit grating; the rest is superb.

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★★

    'Blade Runner 2049' is a rare movie for Hollywood, a multi million dollar production that is both entertaining and also a piece of art. Every shot is beautifully realised - the desolate futuristic landscapes of Los Angeles will leave the viewer in awe, and the minute attention to detail in the world is the best I've seen in a movie in years. What could have easily turned into a cynical cash grab to bait on the nostalgia viewers have for…

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  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★★★★

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    Baby Driver (2017)

    The first trilogy in the Paul Simon cinematic universe is complete

  • It Comes at Night

    It Comes at Night

    ★★★★

    One guy leaving the theatre at my screening turned to me and said it was crap, and that he didn't get it; another group of teenagers left sounding disappointed as well; "That's retarded," one said. "Where was the monster?"

    I think 'It Comes at Night' suffered from misleading marketing, made on part by the studios to give a wider release to a less conventional horror movie.

    If you're looking for lots of jump scares and the usual horror tropes, then…

  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★★★★

    The third act felt a bit long - I thought the movie was going to end earlier, but then it kept going - but other than that, 'Baby Driver' is so far the most stylish movie of the year, combining action, comedy and kickass soundtrack. Edgar Wright's best movie since 'Hot Fuzz'; it has the same beats and rythm of a high energy movie musical (without any singing).

  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★

    Lacking any interesting characters or high steaks, "Dunkirk" has Christopher Nolan's usual high quality directing and production design, but I couldn't care for much of the events happening on screen.

    Also, one of the actors looks like the YouTuber Gus Johnson, which was very distracting.

  • Metal Gear Solid

    Metal Gear Solid

    My snake... is solid

  • Get Out

    Get Out

    ★★★★

    A smart debut that balances horror and social commentary on race relations without ever being preachy. Great acting all around, and the comedy is on point.

    Bonus: awesome soundtrack, and no shitty jump scares or shakey cam.