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March 24, 2016
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Seriously, too soon

Trying to watch the Larry Sanders show on BBC television in the 90’s was a pain; maybe it’d be on at 11 pm, maybe it’d be mid-night, maybe they wouldn’t show it at all for a couple of weeks, maybe they would skip an episode.

 

But Garry Shandling was great as the bitter vain narcissistic, shallow, paranoid Larry Sanders in a send up of the late night TV we might not have had in the U.K, but could still appreciate. Larry Sanders and Duckman, two great shows that paved the way for so much of what we take for granted now. And Garry Shandling was only 66, damnit. Too soon.

 

June 7, 2014
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  • "True Detective" Finale
     
    An interesting read on the finale of True Detective viewed against the Detection Club’s rules for stories, that doesn’t quite make the case for the arguement it presents, but has a good go. Much like True Detective.
     

    “The trouble is that monsters have a lineage too, and our monsters have changed … Monster, as every English professor likes to remind us, comes from the same root as demonstrate: a monster is supposed to mean, to signify, to instruct.”

     

    Another great Lili Loofbourow article with a comparison of True Detective and Louie, and the way in which Louie uncovers a monster. Louie is as horrifying as True Detective – and it’s a comedy(?).

     

    “Louie is sketching out the psychology of an abuser by making us recognize abuse in someone we love. Someone thoughtful and shy, raising daughters of his own, doing his best. Someone totally cognizant of the issues that make him susceptible to the misogyny monster. Someone who thinks hard about women and men and still gets it badly wrong.”

  • Skinny Kale & Tomato Quiche
    Quiche
    Great looking quiche

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ratings

March 15, 2014
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Recently watched

True Detective

Friday Night Lights – ★★★☆☆
– poignant with some tense Football action

The Lego Movie (3D) – ★★★☆☆
– enjoyable (despite Cineworld screwing up the 3D, again)

True Detective (tv) – ★★★★☆
– TV gets better and better. Journey better than destination, but what a journey

À l’intérieur – ★★☆☆☆
– brutal French horror. Incredibly inept cops and unsympathetic heroine

Fantastic Mr. Fox – ★★☆☆☆
– U.K as imagined by someone who has never been, little of the books charm

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang – ★★☆☆☆
– forgettable mildly comedic modern crime noir

House of Cards (tv) – ★★★☆☆
– more of the same, so depends if you enjoyed season 1 (or Boss)

 

March 11, 2014
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RoboPat trailer

The way movie trailers are made generally follows a formula, and the latest RoboCop and Postman Pat trailers match almost beat for beat. I couldn’t resist mashing the two: the sound from RoboCop (2014) and the pictures from Postman Pat.

 

With very little editing (losing the initial title screens, adding RoboPat titles) they run pretty well together.

 

 

My Fast N Furious Ralph trailer took a lot more work.

 

ratings

February 15, 2014
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Recently watched

I Know What You Did Last Summer

I Know What You Did Last Summer

Oldboy – ★★★☆☆
– was ready to hate, but Spike Lee delivered. As good as your precious original

I Know What You Did Last Summer – ★★☆☆☆
– like a TV movie horror with a budget. Super daft plot and non-stop cleavage

Out of the Furnace – ★★☆☆☆
– nicely paced start, menacing build, peters out. Forest Whitaker great

The After – ☆☆☆☆☆
– this looks good, wait, they can’t act. Wtf? Why? Ah, nudity. No… this is crap

Tamara Drewe – ★★★☆☆
– met Posey Simmonds, and while this wasn’t bad, her novel is better

 

ratings

December 27, 2013
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Best of 2013: Film

My best of 2013, released in 2012-2013. Not a big a list as 2012.

 

Drama

Gravity (3D) – ★★★★☆
– visually stunning 3D and doesn’t overstay its welcome

Captain Phillips – ★★★★☆
– Barkhad Abdi and Tom Hanks great in this modern day Somali piracy

Argo – ★★★★☆
– Affleck may have taken liberties with the story but the result is a brilliantly tense film

The Impossible – ★★★★☆
– moving tsunami drama

 

Thriller

A Hijacking – ★★★★☆
– gripping view of a hijacking from the those not on the ship

 

Honourable mention

Jack Reacher – ★★★☆☆
– surprisingly enjoyable thriller. Like to see more

 

Action

2 Guns – ★★★★☆
– fun over the top comic adaptation

 

Horror

American Mary – ★★★★☆
– whaaaaattf?! Fine “Cronenberg” body horror

 

Documentary

The Act of Killing – “This is really about all of us, and it’s not just about the impunity and the banality of evil; it’s also about the insistent fascination of evil, in which we also all implicated” – Joshua Oppenheimer

 

November 5, 2013
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Freddy vs. Jason review

by Oli Jeffery on Letterboxd

 

“Do you want to hear a scary story?”

“Do I?”

“Um… do you?”

“Yes.”

“So, there’s this disabled kid…”

“This isn’t scary.”

“It gets scary, so there’s this kid…”

“What’s wrong with him?”

“He’s disabled.”

“That’s… not a thing.”

“He’s sort of lumpy.”

“You’re a terrible person.”

“…and he drowns.”

“A terrible, terrible person.”

“Then his mum comes back and kills all the kids that were responsible for this death, then they kill her.”

“Okay, getting better.”

“Then one of them gets away, but BOOM zombie kid comes out of the lake and drags her down.”

“Wait, there are zombies now?”

“So, a few weeks later, the zombie has grown up.”

“Zombies can grow up?”

“This one can.”

“Despite not growing up for the thirty years or so that he was in the lake?”

“Yes.”

“Fine.”

“And he’s not a zombie anymore. He’s a guy who lives in a shack with a bag on his head and eats beans and stuff.”

“…”

“So he kills some more people, then gets a hockey mask and kills some other people and then gets killed by a little kid…”

“Really? Just a kid?”

“No. Not just a kid. A kid with a shaved head.”

“Okay. Makes perfect sense.”

“I know, right? Then someone pretends to be him for a bit and kills some other people.”

“That sounds sort of pointless.”

“It is. But don’t worry, because the original kid is raised as a zombie by some lightening.”

“I thought he was already a zombie.”

“Yeah, well, now he’s a zombie again.”

“Okay. Fine. So what happens?”

“Well, they find a magic spell to trap him.”

“What’s the spell?”

“Strapping him to a rock and dumping him in a lake.”

“…that’s not strictly magic.”

“But then this girl with telekinesis accidentally raises him.”

“Since when has there been psychic powers in this story?”

“Since now. But also always.”

“Fine. So then what happens?”

“He gets dragged back into the lake by the psychically reanimated corpse of the telekinetic girl’s father.”

“Well, obviously. Does he come back again? Don’t tell me, someone… hits him with an anchor and he just wakes up.”

“…”

 

There’s more…

 

Too good, Oli Jeffery is one to follow