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Age of Consent
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

I loved this film. The great James Mason has the worst Australian accent ever committed to celluloid (at one point it becomes South African), but it doesn't matter. The gorgeous locations on Australia's Barrier Reef, and the strange tone throughout - by turns farcical and tender - make this the stuff of cult cinema. There are echoes of Mason's Humbert Humbert in his relationship with a very young Helen Mirren, and a very funny turn by Jack McGowran as Mason's parasitic pal. Terrific.

Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A kind of free-wheeling rehearsal for Winterbottom, Coogan and Brydon's The Trip, this highly entertaining deconstruction and riff on the famous novel plays with truth and fiction and petty jealousies to great effect, aided by an excellent ensemble cast. Nice too to have the musical homages to Barry Lyndon and Draughtsman's Contract.

Ichi the Killer (Koroshiya 1)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Frustratingly confused and confusing plotting, exacerbated by a deliberately choppy aesthetic, make this a hard watch. The violence is ludicrously over the top and therefore unshocking. No idea really what it's about - a Yakuza revenge drama with a splash of Roeg. Not a patch on the same director's Audition.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A stunningly well-animated action-adventure that never loses sight of the human heartbeat behind the web-slinging. Only a confusing plotline and occasionally indistinct dialogue compromise the heady mix. A deserved Academy Award winner, especially for its production design and sheer technical skill.

Train to Busan (Busanhaeng)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

At its best a viscerally entertaining train ride - with an emotional tug that is rare in zombie flicks. The opening fifteen minutes in particular set up the situation with subtlety and some very good acting. It's a pity then that the zombie sequences are the weakest sections - repetitive, unoriginal, occasionally quite funny. And the film could usefully lose half-an-hour. But still a lot better than George Romero's stuff.