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  • Us

    Us

    ★★★★★

    I know many people do this, whether they're on Letterboxd or not, but one of the first things I do when I've finished watching a film is head online to see what kind of reviews and reception it got.

    Quite often, if I'm watching an older film rather than something that just came on at the cinema, I will know how it was received beforehand. Even if I don't, I've always been pretty good at gauging what the reaction will…

  • The Nice Guys

    The Nice Guys

    ★★★★★

    The last time I watched The Nice Guys, I promised myself I would give it a proper review for the first time since I watched it for, well, the first time.

    So here I am. I still haven't reached that point of obsessively rewatching something where you suddenly think, "OK, familiarity might be about to breed contempt here, I'll knock watches of this on the head for a while." We all reach that point with stuff we love - not…

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  • Piercing

    Piercing

    I'd say pretty much the only reason I put this on was because of Mia Wasikowska.

    I was just wondering the other day what happened to her because I haven't been aware of her being in anything since the disappointing Crimson Peak. And while I wouldn't called Piercing a disappointment as I didn't go in with any expectations anyway, it's another example of her being far and away the best thing in something that didn't deserve her talent.

    She's absolutely…

  • Blood Ties

    Blood Ties

    While I was watching Blood Ties, I found myself thinking, "God, this reminds me of a James Gray film."

    Then I discover at the end that it was co-written by him. That made a lot of sense to me. I'm not a fan of Gray at all and I'm pretty surprised that he didn't actually direct this. It has all his hallmarks - earnest, well acted, slow-paced, often extremely boring, and with absolutely no surprises in it at all. I…

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  • Trainspotting

    Trainspotting

    ★★★★½

    Choose Letterboxd. Choose films. Choose downloading the app. Choose paying money for a membership just so you don’t have to see some fucker adding 500 films to their watchlist. Choose following a few thousand people and then never reading a fucking word they say. Choose writing “Read the full review on my website!” knowing full well no cunt is ever going to follow that link. Choose asking Sally Jane Black to watch Rogue Nation and then seeing her do a…

  • Life

    Life

    ★★★

    It's fine.

    The plot is fine.

    The special effects are fine.

    The music is fine.

    The direction is fine.

    The cinematography is fine.

    The pacing is fine.

    The acting is fine.

    The alien is fine.

    The deaths are fine.

    The beginning is fine.

    The middle is fine.

    The ending is fine.

    It's just, very, fine.

    Fine?

    Fine.