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Jennifer's Body

Smokin'

(Edit) 05/01/2014

Fun post-modernist horror comedy - set among the normal horny high school students this has one who has become possessed by a demon - and becomes a literal man eater - its all very stylish and ironic - Fox is smoking as Jennifer with good support from Seyfriend as her nerdy best friend who tries to curtail the wholesale slaughter - its all very self-consious in a Scream way but works well - and its all got the great pay-off line - I will eat you soul...and sh*t it out....

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Half Nelson

Great Drama

(Edit) 05/01/2014

Very good urban drama with Gosling as the heart of gold teacher who seems to function normally but has a serious secret drug habit - one of his pupils (Epps) discovers this but keeps quiet and the two strike up a tentative frienship - her uncle is a dealer and tries to get her to join the business - forcing Gosling into direct action. What's interesting about it is that is non-judgemental - a junkie teacher would be an obvious target for moral panic but the film merely observes without drawing any conclusions - both leads work very together and Gosling shows even back then just what a superb actor he is - highly reccomended...

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Major Dundee

One of his best

(Edit) 04/01/2014

Pekinpah's excellent Western which works as standard Cavalry movie, a meditation of loyality and friendship and a study in a dangerous obbsesion.Heston is very good as the titular Major who will risk everything to catch the raiding Apache's and restore his good name - he is stiff necked and inflexible and plays nicely against Harris's dashing Southern Captain who only wants to get home. It has been compared to Moby Dick with Heston as Ahab and who will stop at nothing to achieve his goal.

It has fine support from the usual Pekinpah regular company with epic battle scenes offset by more thoughtful passages - this is the original restored version at 2h13m (on release the studio cut huge chunks out if it) and ranks up there with the very best films he made.

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Easy Riders, Raging Bulls

Facinating Stuff

(Edit) 04/01/2014

Excellent documentry on the Director led period in 1970's Hollywood when the studios had lost their way and handed control of movies to the Autor generation - which started out briliantly and boldly making some of the greatest movies ever and ended up in a blizzard of cocaine and self-indulgence - by which time the rise of the blockbuster handed control back to the studios.

Lots of great and painfully honest interviews with archive footage and movie clips that just reminds you how many great movies there were......top stuff

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The White Ribbon

Haunting Film

(Edit) 03/01/2014

Haneke's haunting parable set in a small German village on the eve of WWI - told from the perspective of a local teacher (with a voice over looking back many years later) it tells of a series of events that took place - some mundane, others quite horrific that engulfed the village - no-one can be found to be blamed and this creates tensions that ratchet up the already tense relationship between the major characters. Its as much a mediation on the roots of evil and how in the years to come these roots will manifest themselves as history. Its engrossing throughout with long elegant takes and fantastic B&W photography - its quite slow and at 2h24m quite a long haul but won the Palme D'Or at Cannes that year - and it does reward the effort.....

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