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  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    ★★★★★

    "No child left behind"

    What can I even say to describe how much I loved Hunt for the Wilderpeople! Taika Waititi has a real 'knack' for taking on heavy topics, but leaving you feeling light, maybe he should have his own genre named after him...you've outdone yourself!

    I'm going to start with the beautiful scenery that HftW showcased, it was almost like a character in itself. It's no wonder so much of the world thinks NZ is some magical make-believe…

  • Son of Saul

    Son of Saul

    ★★★★½

    Wow...

    What a great job László Nemes and his team did with Son of Saul. A film about the Sonderkommando was never going to be easy, you might think, any film about the Holocaust won't be easy, but the topic Sonderkommando takes it to a whole new level of awful.

    Not only were these men imprisoned like the rest of the camp detainees, but they were the poor souls who were forced to keep people calm as they undressed before…

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  • Look Who's Back

    Look Who's Back

    ★★★

    It started off really funny and just what I had hoped it would be and then, the 'jokes' went too far and it was all just a bit uncomfortable, which was probably the point, but I just wanted it to be funny...

    Oliver Masucci was good, though, very good and there was some great moments.

    Probably a bit long too.

    Bugger really.

  • Playing for Time

    Playing for Time

    ★★★

    I gotta say, I had higher expectations for this and I guess that was my mistake.

    Regrave was very good, actually the whole cast were solid, but as far as Holocaust films go, it was very run of the mill.

    Due to both watching and studying this genre of history and cinema, it felt like they just went paint by numbers in terms of all the tropes they used, particularly in the first half of the film. In saying that,…

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  • 12 Years a Slave

    12 Years a Slave

    ★★★★★

    It took me weeks to build myself up to watch this. I knew that it was going to give me the feels, but I knew it would be amazing, I just couldn't bring myself to watch it.

    I finally did two weekends ago. I've recently been studying slavery and I thought at the end of reading about it for 5 hours, that I would be sufficiently ready for it, that my skin would have gotten a bit thicker to take…

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★★½

    "There's been an awakening. Have you felt it? The Dark side, and the Light."

    First of all, there's no spoilers in here whatsoever!

    After my first watch of Episode 7, I must say I am over the moon with what J.J. Abrams has done with the franchise! It was fresh, fun, action packed and there was just the right amount of old and new put together!

    Fucking brilliant! I can't wait to see it again and write a fuller review…