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Movie Ramblings: Only Lovers Left Alive

Almost painfully cool and artistic Only Lovers Left Alive is full of shots that are lovingly created and often go on for far longer than you would expect from a modern film. However there is none of the sense of growing discomfort that you often get from a prolonged scene. Expect lots of odd angles, lingering close ups and ritualistic scenes. Continue reading

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Movie Ramblings: Purge

Not to be confused with The Purge series of films, this historical drama/modern day crime film follows 2 women from different generations and explores the similarities between their very different lives.

A young girl on the run in Estonia stumbles into the yard of an old woman who remembers worse times when Russian communists took control of the country. Told mostly in flashback to early communist times and to much more recent times in the modern sex trade, we soon learn that these two seeming strangers have a lot more in common than it first seems. Continue reading

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Movie Ramblings: Lucy

Lucy is an action adventure film from Luc Besson and Scarlet Johannson with some really weird supernatural elements reminiscent of Under the Skin and just as weird in places but with a lot more action and story to keep the interest in between weird bits.

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Movie Ramblings: Hanna

Hanna is a young girl raised from birth by her father to be an expert tracker, hunter and assassin. For what mysterious purpose he has done this we are not really sure until one day she decides she is ready to leave their wilderness home and enter the outside world. The resulting film is a strange mix of realism, over the top violence and psychedelic MTV music video. Continue reading

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Movie Ramblings: Sicario

In Sicario Emily Blunt plays Kate, a naive FBI agent who gets offered the chance to make a difference in the war on drugs by joining an inter agency task force. Kate soon realises that the other agencies work very differently from her by-the-book approach and she does not approve of their methods. Continue reading

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Movie Ramblings: The Place Beyond The Pines

The Place Beyond The Pines is a bit of a mishmash of a film. The story starts off as a family drama about a man trying to reconnect with his estranged girlfriend and the son he never knew he had. It moves reasonably smoothly and quickly into a bank robbing action adventure movie. But it isn’t finished with it’s metamorphosis there. Continue reading

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Movie Ramblings: Despicable Me 2

Gru and his oddball family are back for some more hilarious villainy.  Only this time Gru has sworn off a life of crime to look after his 3 new daughters and make jam. Of course it is not too long before Gru is back in the international crime game. Continue reading