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A few reviews
World’s End - 2013 - 6/10

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Yet another quasi apocalyptic comedy from Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
High school mates reunite to try and finish hometown pub crawl they attempted and failed 20 years earlier.
Pegg’s character annoying at first, but struck me better as the tone and tempo of the plot intensified.
As with all this duo’s films, the last act loaded stale action and a lazy finale.
Good premise, wish these guys could finish as well as they start.
(Hmm, sounds like a common female dating lament.)
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Love Crime - 2010 - 7/10

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Kristin Scott Thomas plays the ambitious, manipulative boss, who claims credit for all the work done by her junior.
Solid French revenge film with some nice twists and turns.
Character "Isabelle" lays a trail of deceptive clues. Vengeance served chilled.
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Wanted For Murder - 1946 - 6/10

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Nice British thriller set in post WWI London.
Eric Portman plays the rich swell with a slight strangling issue.
Good police procedural as the inspectors focus their gaze on him, and the small errors he makes.
Many, many scenes of London add to the appeal of this one.
Great film for a wet weekend.
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Disconnect - 2013 - 8/10

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Several ongoing stories, sometimes interconnecting, showing souls more plugged into devices than relationships.
Identity theft, online gambling, chat rooms, sexting, bullying, underage porn, exposure, spying.
Most reflect the Zeitgeist of the times, but to be fair, the writing seldom stoops to cliché or “happy.”
Similar to Crash, (the 2004 film, not the 1996 carwreck), Short Cuts, and numerous others.
Finale overused the slo-mo to distracting effect.
Also, found it hard to believe people are still so gullible and trusting.
PT Barnum would love this era.
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Hooligans - Untold Story - 2006 - 7/10

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Documentary of the 2006 World Cup, set in Germany.
Security types keep 3000 troublemakers from arriving.
That ought to cover everyone, right?
Riots, brawls, fights, melees.
And bars never stopped serving beer, even amidst flying chairs.
Rumble!
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Vultural Wrote:Disconnect - 2013 - 8/10

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Several ongoing stories, sometimes interconnecting, showing souls more plugged into devices than relationships.
Identity theft, online gambling, chat rooms, sexting, bullying, underage porn, exposure, spying.
Most reflect the Zeitgeist of the times, but to be fair, the writing seldom stoops to cliché or “happy.”
Similar to Crash, (the 2004 film, not the 1996 carwreck), Short Cuts, and numerous others.
Finale overused the slo-mo to distracting effect.
Also, found it hard to believe people are still so gullible and trusting.
PT Barnum would love this era.

Ooh I'll have to check this one out.
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^ ^ Film was infuriating at times, watching people clicking away or staring at phones.
Even during a conversation, you'd spy a character slyly glancing at the device.
I guess hoping there is a better option round the corner. Party, date with the cheerleader, whatever.
Just the quiet, omnipresent reminder to whomever you are with, that they aren't so important.
I scored it high for catching those nuances so well.

The Aside:


[SIZE=2][FONT=arial]I was talking with a coworker awhile ago. He was younger than me, by twenty years, and found my dating history insane.
"Yeah, dude," I'd explain, "the happy hunting era of pre-AIDS. Bump 'em, hump 'em, and dump 'em."
No name, no number, no relationship crap.
He countered with, "Check this out. We're on a date, and she'll be checking voicemail, texting messages. Looking for an upgrade. Me? I've gone invisible. I'm sitting there, making conversation, she doesn't hear me, doesn't see me. I'm some ghost. Another Attention Deficit Disorder Date. Our whole generation is A.D.D., man."
Both piss poor, if you ask me, but dating has always been a gauntlet to score a bit of leg.[/FONT][/SIZE]
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Tamara Drewe

' Wrote:Ugly duckling Tamara moves to London ...

Enough! I probably have to finally watch this one, but Gemma Atterton as the ugly duckling? I thought we were beyond the point where casting decisions like that were even possible. Maybe seeing her for the first time in The Disappearance of Alice Creed was a mistake, but after that ... no ... no duckling in sight. Nowhere.
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Martha Marcy May Marlene - 2011 - 5/10

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Girl escapes from a backwoods cult, where the lot of womenfolk is cookin', dishes, gardening, and spawning.
She hides at his sister's lakeside retreat.
Are culties following her? Or is she ghosted by private demons? Or do I care?
Kept checking the time often during this one.
Hated every single character.
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Wish You Were Here - 2012 - 6/10

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Two Australian couples head to Cambodia for partying and heavy drinking.
One couple returns, one person remains behind, one disappears without a trace.
The story gets teased out during ninety some minutes.
No great revelations. I predicted one of the twists early on.
Strength was in how characters found themselves bound to secrecy.
For most souls, however, keeping secrets proves next to impossible.
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