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Watched in 2018

  1. Sep 8 - The Abyss
    Like two films in one. One better than the other.
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  2. Sep 4 - Early Man
    A pleasure.
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  3. Sep 2 - The Reluctant Fundamentalist
    Great central performance couldn't carry it all. Bit slow
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  4. Sep 1 - Pride
    Bit corny but solid performances all round elevated it.
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  5. Aug 28 - Dazed and confused
    Interesting strategy. Start with objectionable, unpleasant characters and make them bearable over the course of the film.
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  6. Aug 27 - The Evil Dead
    The Airbnb rating for that cabin’s gonna be shit. Hilarious, those demons love a good laugh. Also quite stylish.
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  7. Aug 26 - The Lion in Winter
    Full on regal play.
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  8. Aug 25 - Set it off
    Like so many 90s films, so frantic, but half decent.
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  9. Aug 22 - The Big Short
    Fascinating
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  10. Aug 21 - The Punk Singer
    Educational - no clue how I missed her/them at the time.
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  11. Aug 19 - Things to come
    Nothing much happens in a compelling way. Performance.
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  12. Aug 18 - Intolerable Cruelty
    I do enjoy George in full mugging mode.
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  13. Aug 16 - A prayer before dawn
    Not quite sure why I watched that. Convincingly brutal and impressively executed, not sure to what end.
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  14. Aug 15 - 12 Strong
    So much action, so little drama. I’d have liked to see a whole film about the CIA guy.
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  15. Aug 14 - Deadpool 2
    Peaks and troughs. I liked the peaks - troughs weren't too bad to bring it all down.
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  16. Aug 13 - Young Offenders
    Great fun.
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  17. Aug 12 - Mean Girls
    I was curious. Wasn't terrible but i'm probably some way out of this particular venn diagram.
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  18. Aug 12 - All the money in the world
    Solid enough.
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  19. Aug 11 - The Babadook
    AUDITION: “Could you show us your anguished howl?” “GRRERERGHNNNGAAAAHHHH!!” “Yup. That’ll do it”
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  20. Aug 8 - Miss Oyu
    Short stepping, restrictive kimono based love triangle.
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  21. Aug 4 - Den of Thieves
    Was hoping for decent action thriller, but the main action seems to tedious macho meat sacks of various stereotypes, delivering hokey lines through a fug of tattoo ink and protein shakes. Impressive in that almost none of the characters are likeable. And then the heist bit was pretty good. And then it got all testosterone again.
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  22. Aug 4 - The Post
    Every true story pic has to have the sweepy orchestral bit. But it’s better when you have good actors.
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  23. Jul 30 - Separado
    My (Scottish) wife has a theory that the Welsh are a bit mental - never more so than evidenced by the children's TV. Whilst this isn't kids TV it does have plenty of bonkers moments and is all the better for it.
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  24. Jul 29 - Beirut
    Spy procedural with a sprinkling of stardust.
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  25. Jul 29 - No Home Movie
    Feels wrong to rate this - long, still shots where nothing happens except you are thinking. Patience in spades, letting things play out.
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  26. Jul 28 - The Commuter
    I was in the mood for something trashy - It was better than that.
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  27. Jul 28 - The 12th Man
    Flippin Heck! that was pretty gruelling. 'Based on true story' can often be a bit 'meh' - not this one. Fantastically put together.
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  28. Jul 28 - The Purge
    Started interesting, then the cartoon baddie arrived and it went downhill.
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  29. Jul 24 - The Ballad of Lefty Brown
    Rather good.
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  30. Jul 22 - The Way Way Back
    Lesson in how to lift a solid story with performances.
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  31. Jul 21 - The Shape of Water
    Beautifully strange.
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  32. Jul 21 - 3:10 to Yuma
    Not sure I bought it, but a decent ride around some Western tropes.
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  33. Jul 19 - Game Night
    That was fun.
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  34. Jul 13 - Darkest hour
    Bit corny.
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  35. Jul 13 - Thor ragnarock
    Worked well in the end. Not sure about Hulk talking.
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  36. Jul 10 - The Manchurian Candidate
    Wee bit long, but nicely played out.
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  37. Jul 8 - The train
    Pretty tense. Especially liked the end where they spelled out the greats of French Art on the crates.
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  38. Jul 8 - Our kind of traitor
    Good actors paying the bills. Most egregious thing? Damien Lewis' Glasses.
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  39. Jul 4 - Jumanji welcome to the jungle
    Nicely done.
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  40. Jun 30 - Clear and Present Danger
    Goodies and Baddies. and lots of patriotic trumpets.
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  41. Jun 27 - Free Fire
    sort of silly, but ok if you go with it.
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  42. Jun 13 - Small town crime
    Tight with some issues.
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  43. Jun 10 - Prime Cut
    Pretty visceral all round, and not sure it was redeemed by the charismatic leads even though they were great.
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  44. Jun 6 - Justice League
    I'm sure someone has a checklist somewhere on how to make a modern superhero film. Meh.
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  45. Jun 3 - Downsizing
    Something, something, size related critical zinger.
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  46. May 28 - Inherent vice
    Is it possible to get stoned watching a film?
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  47. May 27 - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
    Didn't disappoint. The trailer was a sweary masterpiece, but the whole thing had way more depth.
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  48. May 24 - The Death of Stalin
    Was fun, especially Jason Isaacs' star turn.
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  49. May 21 - Dunkirk
    Not sure about the multiple timelines, but spectacular.
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  50. May 20 - Small Faces
    Gud.
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  51. May 20 - Black Panther
    Less superhero-y than other Marvel - which I liked.
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  52. May 17 - Rescue Dawn
    Could have been terrible in the wrong hands, but Herzog handled it well.
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  53. May 15 - On the Waterfront
    Don’t worry I ain’t gonna hurt nobody.
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  54. May 12 - The Voices
    More gruesome than funny, but overall decent.
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  55. May 10 - THX1138
    Super stylish - the future really was cooler in the past.
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  56. May 9 - Deep Water
    Fascinating story, sensitively told.
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  57. May 9 - The man with the iron fists
    Take EVERY martial art trope you can think of and put it in a film.
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  58. May 5 - The Baader Meinhof Complex
    Bit of a slog in the end. Everything just got very messy.
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  59. May 2 - Star Wars the last jedi
    Star of the show? The imperial ironing robot - lovely job on those uniforms. Good kids film. Oh, and Star Wars humour isn’t.
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  60. May 1 - Three Kings
    Pretty manic.
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  61. Apr 29 - Force 10 from Navarone
    A ‘mother hunch’? What the fuck is a ‘mother hunch’.
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  62. Apr 28 - I Tonya
    Ended up a bit long. Alison Janney was great - as always.
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  63. Apr 28 - Come drink with me
    Decent quality martial arts - I enjoyed the costumes more than anything.
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  64. Apr 26 - Red Dawn
    “Let it turn to something else” Like cheese? Impressive in packing in so many terrible moments of action and dialogue.
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  65. Apr 21 - Nil by mouth
    An avalanche of virtuoso swearing. and the rest? Gritty doesn't come close - but very good.
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  66. Apr 18 - J.Edgar
    File under Average.
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  67. Apr 17 - You were never really here
    Performance and Poetry.
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  68. Apr 15 - Calvary
    Father Ted's gone a bit dark these days. (it was good)
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  69. Apr 14 - Yakuza Apocalypse
    Totally bonkers, bit of a mess, but loopy enough to be enjoyable.
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  70. Apr 7 - What’s love got to do with it
    Strong Performance
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  71. Apr 3 - Casino
    Very Good. Not great, just very good.
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  72. Apr 2 - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
    Was a little irritated at the start, but it won me over in the end.
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  73. Apr 1 - Joe Kidd
    Generic Eastwood, though Robert Duvall is good being bad.
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  74. Mar 31 - Any given Sunday
    Subtle it ain't, and about as far from Dogme as you can get, but it was full on sportball-tastic.
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  75. Mar 30 - Pale Rider
    Reliably Clint.
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  76. Mar 29 - Timecrimes
    Concentrate.
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  77. Mar 28 - Why man creates
    Ideas.
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  78. Mar 27 - Stalag 17
    Bit heavy on the gee schucks and wisecracks,but ok in the end. Special mention for the poster.
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  79. Mar 24 - Empire of the Sun
    Too much sugar is bad for you.
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  80. Mar 23 - Catch me if you can
    It came on, I watched it and it was fun.
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  81. Mar 21 - Nuts in May
    If everyone took a pebble there’d be none left.
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  82. Mar 20 - Macbeth
    Thought I was gonna struggle with the language, but once I got up to speed it was great. This boy Shakespeare can write.
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  83. Mar 18 - Seconds
    Great looking and sounding as well as terrific atmosphere. And all from 1966!
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  84. Mar 17 - City Hall
    Decent enough, elevated by a good turn from Al Pacino doing his thing. And when he does you know he is, and you can’t resist (mostly)
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  85. Mar 14 - Die Hard 2
    The most potty mouthed of all the Die Hard films?
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  86. Mar 12 - The Firm
    E’s only gone an won a fackin Oscar ain’t e?
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  87. Mar 11 - To Have and Have Not
    Chemistry
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  88. Mar 10 - Master and Commander - The Far Side of the World
    My swash was most definitely buckled.
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  89. Mar 6 - The Queen of Versailles
    In theory, Jackie shouldn’t have been as likeable as she was.
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  90. Mar 5 - Birth
    Fantastic score, heightening some pretty heightened stuff.
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  91. Mar 3 - Boyhood
    First half flew by. Second half dragged a bit. Like life? Maybe.
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  92. Mar 3 - Flying Leathernecks
    Pretty gritty for 1951.
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  93. Mar 1 - Suspiria
    Me too. I always need a cigarette after I’ve squashed a bat with a stool. Great sound, super colours, dodgy dubbing. Certainly distinctive.
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  94. Feb 27 - Logan Lucky
    All came together very satisfyingly.
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  95. Feb 26 - The Lobster
    Unique.
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  96. Feb 24 - Dune
    Fond memories, but it's a bit patchy.
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  97. Feb 22 - First Blood
    Some gloriously silly bits, and some surprisingly good bits.
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  98. Feb 21 - Run Silent, Run Deep
    I like serious Burt better than jokey Burt.
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  99. Feb 20 - Maudie
    Sally Hawkins was great, and Ethan Hawke put himself back in credit with me.
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  100. Feb 17 - The Tree of Life
    Impressionistic, poetic, but also frustrating.
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  101. Feb 16 - The Thin Blue Line
    Groundbreaking.
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  102. Feb 15 - The Funeral
    Bloody Hell. For everyone.
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  103. Feb 14 - The Help
    The two stars carried this. And they carried it well.
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  104. Feb 12 - Daisies
    Lots of fun, and some super interesting techniques to boot.
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  105. Feb 11 - Hannibal
    Gruesome fun
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  106. Feb 10 - The killing of a Chinese Bookie
    Certainly interesting, though I wish it’d been interesting a bit quicker.
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  107. Feb 10 - Punch Drunk Love
    I so wanted it to end well for Barry. Lovely.
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  108. Feb 8 - Those Glory Glory Days
    Pleasant enough.
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  109. Feb 7 - Die Hard
    Bit cheesier than I remember. I like cheese tho.
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  110. Feb 7 - The Prestige
    Pretty good n twisty.
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  111. Feb 4 - Love and Death
    The most absurd bits seem to age the best.
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  112. Feb 3 - Bug
    Intense
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  113. Jan 28 - Computer Chess
    Idiosyncratic and meandering over the irritating/amusing line.
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  114. Jan 27 - The Sacrifice
    As ever, mesmerising visuals if you wait. Rest of it a bit opaque to me.
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  115. Jan 24 - Eagle vs Shark
    Gentle, bit loopy and fun.
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  116. Jan 21 - Mr Turner
    Forces one to slow down. No bad thing.
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  117. Jan 20 - The Wild Bunch
    They do love a cackle in this bloodthirsty epic.
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  118. Jan 20 - All this Panic
    Captivating
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  119. Jan 14 - Two days, One night
    Doesn't need to be complicated to be very good. Simple enough setup, beautifully executed.
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  120. Jan 13 - The Reader
    Some curious premises, but pretty convincing all round.
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  121. Jan 13 - Boy
    Gentle and funny.
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  122. Jan 11 - Ida
    Simple, direct and very, very still. A good thing.
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  123. Jan 6 - American Psycho
    Business card rage and jealousy.
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  124. Jan 5 - Step Brothers
    Sometimes comedy is called ‘broad ‘ which usually means unfunny. This was broad and funny.
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  125. Jan 2 - Sophie Scholl: The Last Days
    Germans do shout well.
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  126. Jan 1 - Gone Girl
    Twisty turny fun.
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