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  • Blade Runner
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • The Thing
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  • Desert Age: A Rock and Roll Scene History

    ★★★

  • Neither the Sea Nor the Sand

    ★★½

  • Savage Salvation

    ★★★

  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

    ★★★½

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  • Renegades

    Renegades

    ★★

    Ever wondered what a budgetry-deficient British version of The Expendables would look like? Here’s your not exactly essential answer. With an incredibly random cast of long in the tooth TV stalwarts and geriatric blasts from the past, this should probably be renamed ‘The Expended’, or possibly ‘The Expanded’ considering some of the waistlines on show!
    Forget spring chickens like Stallone, Schwarzenegger or Statham, here you get (faded) stars dredged up from the likes of Eastenders, Only Fools & Horses, Dempsey & Makepeace,…

  • Barbarian

    Barbarian

    ★★★½

    Feels like three different films merged into one, and is structured as such as it veers off on wildly unexpected tangents. For me, the opening third is the strongest, full of dread, suspense and mystery, and as often happens the build-up is far more effective than the actual reveal. Possibly not the horror film of the year many are claiming, but there's plenty to admire here, even if much of it doesn't make an awful lot of sense under closer scrutiny.

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  • RoboCop

    RoboCop

    ★★★★★

    Browsing through my 2013 diary here on Letterboxd it became apparent the vast majority of films I watched last year were either current or recent releases. To remedy this I decided to expand my viewing habits a bit more in 2014 by catching up with a few more vintage offerings, whether they be first-time watches or long overdue rewatches.
    So, to this end I decided to set myself a mini movie season each and every month throughout this year in…

  • The Raid 2

    The Raid 2

    ★★★★

    2011's The Raid was lean, mean, lightning-paced, and carried absolutely zero baggage, it was a supercharged combination of visual flair and insane ultraviolence. So the decision to develop the story in this eagerly-awaited sequel to a far more expansive narrative based around an undercover infiltration of the underworld, and the duplicity and dealings of gangland politics and rivalry, was always going to deliver a different, far broader kind of film. As a result The Raid 2, weighing in at a…