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  • Possum

    Possum

    Now I've been watching movies for a bit and I've now seen so many that practically nothing shocks me. I watched Climax, Enter The Void, A Serbian Film etc with what I can best describe as something of a cynical, ambivalent shrug. I have been nonplussed quite often and bored to sleep more often than that. The weirdest stuff is often, at the very least, a reason for my interest to be piqued, so Matthew Holness' Possum sounded like my…

  • Stockholm

    Stockholm

    ★★

    Never let it be said that armed robbery is funny. Granted, I suppose it could raise a wry chuckle if its handled well, but as a viewer, you wonder how director Robert Budreau managed to get away with this and still maintain a straight face.

    Allegedly from where the affliction 'Stockholm Syndrome' (when the abductee becomes emotionally invested, even complicit, in the actions of their captor) was born, this slightly too raucous thriller re-creates a true story from 1973 which…

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  • American Beauty

    American Beauty

    ★★★★★

    I was hooked by the time the opening narration from Lester Burnham was over. As the camera tracks down the street where Joe Anybody lives in the comfortable, safe, predictable burbs of white, middle class America, we learn that this is the last year of Lester's life and from beyond the grave, he is going to tell you what he's learnt about just what life should really be about. Too late for Lester, but not for us.

    American Beauty simply…

  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained

    ★★★★★

    At some point, and I'm not sure exactly where, Tarantino lost his cool. It was hard to spot because it wasn't for long, but by the time Basterds came along after Deathproof had been and gone, it was a blessed relief, if not an actual proper return to form. Christoph Waltz was a gem of a find there and here too, Tarantino wisely utilises him as fully as he should.

    A revenge/rescue tale told in the way only Tarantino really…