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This was on TV last night and I remembered that I wanted to see it, but not why. Then "screenplay by Nick Cave" came on the screen and I remembered.

On the one hand, it's yet another bootleggers vs corrupt cops film. On the other hand, while it plays out mostly like you expect; there's a couple of little twists that make it worth it.

It's set in rural Virginia and the scenery is breathakingly gorgeous.

Given that Nick Cave is involved, it's hardly surprising that some interesting things are done with the soundtrack, including a convincingly 30s -sounding rendition of White Light White Heat.

There's a book, written by the grandson of one of the bootleggers and informed by the journalism written about events at the time, which could be interesting, but the library doesn't have it and I'm not convinced enough to buy it.
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Not a lot to it plot-wise, but what there is is not bad. And it's very, very impressive to look at.
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In the interest of full disclosure.

Made it maybe 20 minutes in - the song was terrible and didn't look like ever ending.

I don't hate all musicals, or love all musicals - I take each one as it comes. This wasn't grabbing me at all (and I have really low standards), so I sent it back.

It did remind me I've never read the book and I should probably rectify that.
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This has been sitting on the recorder for ages because I've been waiting to have enough functional brain cells to devote to it. Eventually admitted that was never going to happen and watched it anyway yesterday.

Bleak and a bit complicated, but very, very good.
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A 2010 low-budget British black comedy about two men who go around the country performing "the procedure", which seems to be to delve into people's subconscious to reveal their innermost thoughts. It's not very clear. Then they get a non-standard case and become personally involved with the family in question.

It doesn't make a lot of sense, and it's a bit slow-paced, but it's actually quite clever and lovely and an odd sort of charm. Some pretty scenery. And Jason Isaacs as the mysterious boss.
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I recorded this because Liam Neeson.

It turned out to be a not bad tale of survival (or lack thereof) in the wilderness, and unexpectedly emotional at the end.
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Definitely better than 2, which is admittedly not hard. I'd almost go so far as to say it's good. Even has two strong female characters (OK, so one of them is evil, but that's not the point).

As always, the only real draw is RDJ.
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An Argentine film about two priests and a social worker working in a slum of Buenos Aires, where thousands of people live in and around the shell of a half-finished building that had been intended to be the biggest hospital in South America.

I recorded it mainly for Spanish language exposure, but it's good, if depressingly predictable. Definitely worth a watch.
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As far as I can remember (which isn't much; feel free to correct me), it's not that different from the original.

Enjoyable enough though.
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Somebody just wanted to go to lots of cool places to film this, right?

Otherwise, it's pretty pointless.
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A funny and sad film about the Pope's visit to a small town in Uruguay in 1988 and how the underclass come up with all manner of get-rich schemes which you know are doomed to failure, and how the local media whips them up into a frenzy and encourages them. Very low-key. Moving.
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Wow. That gives whole new meaning to the word bloated.

It's visually perfect and the performances are top notch, but there's way too much of it.

It seems to be the opposite of Jackson's interpretation of Lord of the Rings, in which he did a good job of distilling 1500 pages into 9 hours of film.

Martin Freeman plays his Dr Watson role in fancy dress. One questions his versatility as an actor.

Seeing everyone's least favourite Almighty Johnson as one of the dwarves made me giggle, which was possibly not the intended effect.
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Visually stunning. Absolutely beautiful.

Everything else about it is irredeemably shit.

Except that Snow saves the prince at the end. But even the positive gender role message at the end doesn't make up for the appalling script and acting.
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I love del Toro but somehow it's taken me all this time to get round to watching this.

It's OK, but I think I've been spoiled by The Conjuring - I didn't find it spooky at all, and wasn't even all that impressed by the visuals (which you can always count on with del Toro).

Might have to watch it again just to make sure I wasn't having a bad day.
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After we enjoyed Get Him to the Greek, I noticed that ITV2 was playing this, in which Russell Brand plays the same character as in Get Him to the Greek.

Once again, I laughed more than I expected to, and the songs were the best bit (especially the puppet Dracula rock opera). It dragged a lot in the middle though.

Its main effect was that it made me want to book a trip to Hawaii.
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I only watched this because it's been described as a sort of remake of My Favourite Year.

Which it's really not a lot like at all, except in concept (young fan-boy charged with getting a washed-up star with substance abuse problems to a live performance).

I wasn't expecting to like it. I was certainly not expecting to laugh out loud. There's some perceptive lines about being an addict, and they're all funny. The songs are a sort of awful demented genius.

There are still some annoying bits, but overall it's better than it has any right to be. Especially the songs.

Between this and some articles he's written for the Guardian, I'm reluctantly having to admit there's some substance to this Russell Brand dude.
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Wasn't going to bother with this because I heard it was terrible. However, I saw the trailer recently and Jason and I both decided we had to see a film that features the line "We're going to need more holy water".

That was the best line in the whole film, but it was a good rainy Saturday afternoon leave-your-brain-at-the-door piece of cheesy entertainment.
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Tim Burton does Frankenstein, animated, in a modern day US setting, with a young boy resurrecting his beloved dog.

It looks pretty and is kind of cute and heart warming, but there's really not much to it.
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The DVD has been sitting around at home for ages and we finally got round to it on Saturday night.

I think everyone's seen this now, but in case you haven't, it's an actually quite suspenseful psychological thriller about a dancer who melts down after being given the role of the White and Black Swans in Swan Lake.

It's really graphic about the physicality of what dancing does to your feet, and the underlying level of crazy is, I understand, pretty realistic.

Whether or not the lead is nuts to begin with, her mother is an emotionally abusive witch.

The ballet is lovely, though.

I ended up liking this a lot more than I thought I would; I hadn't thought that Jason would find it his thing at all because he doesn't like ballet, but he thoroughly enjoyed it too.
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Not as good as the first one, but better than a lot of sequels.

Gets points for the Dark World bits being filmed in Iceland (I think I've been on that lava field, but I suppose they all look the same). Loses points for indicating that Greenwich is 3 tube stops away from Charing Cross. (I'd love it if it was; it would be so much easier to get there). Regains said points for setting the final battle in the Old Greenwich Naval College.

Plus, you know, Thor and Loki. So much hotness.

There was a trailer for Captain America II - I'm not convinced about that one and will probably wait for the DVD.

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