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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

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Movie Ramblings: The Lobster

In a world where being single is the worst thing that you can do, a group of single people sign up to live in a mysterious hotel where they have 45 days to find love or else they will be turned into an animal of their choice. If you think that description makes the film seem weird then wait until you see the film itself. The WTF is laid on in thick layers and just when you think that you might be getting a handle on what is going on the focus switches to something else. Continue reading

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Movie Ramblings: Despicable Me

Despicable Me is a perfect example of a great animated film that is just as entertaining for adults as it is for children. Not that it has much in the way of “adult” themes or jokes that go over the heads of younger viewers, although there are a few of these as well as some darker themes. But mainly because it is a well put together film with strong characters, convincing voice acting and a decent plot. It is consistently funny without ever feeling like it is trying hard or spending time setting up a specific gag.

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Movie Ramblings: Ringu

The original* Japanese creepy girl horror movie, I can’t believe it has been around for 16 years** and I’ve only just managed to see it! In the end it wasn’t as scary or as creepy as I was expecting but actually more of a slow moving thriller/paranormal investigation story. It relies more on atmosphere and psychological horror than jump scares and gore ans is therefore just the kind of horror movie that I find can actually scare me.  However, this one wasn’t really that scary but more of an interesting thriller. Continue reading