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  • The World's End

    The World's End

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    "They call me the King"

    This... this is my favourite film. No question. It took me three viewings to figure out whether this or the Lord of the Rings trilogy is what I consider the best of cinema but the third time's the charm they say.

    What's the plot? In a sleepy English town called Newton Haven, the hyperactive and perpetually drunk Gary King gathers up his former friends, lifts them from their lives and persuades them to go on…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    Whiplash, the outstanding debut feature of Damien Chazelle, is bolstered by one of the finest performances in cinematic history with JK Simmons as Fletcher. And although his performance alone is mesmerising, the rest of the film is also spectacular. Depicting the gradual de-humanisation of Andrew Neiman, a jazz student aiming for greatness, the film’s ruthless, raw look at power and conflict is one that enthralls me every time. The film’s primary theme is simple- how much is one person willing…

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  • Nightbreed

    Nightbreed

    Nightbreed doesn't make much sense on a plot perspective, but with b-movie camp, a fun mystery and some great worldbuilding from Clive Barker, Nightbreed offers fun horror and thrills from a master of his craft. The production values are excellent, giving us wonderful creatures and makeup, whilst David Cronenberg is excellent in a rare acting performance.

  • Psychokinesis

    Psychokinesis

    A South Korean superhero film, Psychokinesis is a highly original take on a well-worn genre. Protagonist Seok-Hoon is not particularly young, not wealthy or even that heroic - at the start of the film, he's estranged from his daughter and engages in petty theft. He uses his powers as a means to an end, but soon gets involved in a housing dispute between his daughter's neighbourhood and a corrupt business. The film is funny and action packed but also contains a strong narrative at its core. If you like superhero narratives away from Marvel and DC, I recommend this.

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  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid

    Diary of a Wimpy Kid

    Not actually a review of the film but this was the best place to share this AMAZING Twitter interaction I had with the film's director Thor Freudenthal -

    There's this account called One Less Than Perfect Shot and they posted an image from the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid film. In the comments I joked (but there was basis in reality) that the film and subsequent tie in book is single handily what got me into the film making…

  • Krull

    Krull

    ★★★

    Krull is an interesting messy disaster of a film. Obviously made to cash on the success of Star Wars, Krull has fantastic lore and amazing special effects let down by weak characters. These guys are so DULL to watch on screen, and the film's best moments are the action scenes and quirky magic scenes. Even Liam Neeson's character is boring in the film! The true stars are the sets courtesy of Pinewood and the backstory that is conveyed surprisingly well. Normally I'd shrug a cheesy b-movie like this off but there's enough unintentional charm and interesting effects to make it work. Almost.