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Not Quite A Haiku Review: The Raid 2 (2014)

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In life outside the block,
Everything is bigger but just as intense.
We’re back in Jakarta, bitches.

Fists, hammers, guns, glass, baseballs.
Nicolas Winding Refn wishes he made this.
Try keeping your mouth shut…

Choreographed beyond actual human comprehension,
‘Are you not entertained?!’ Gareth Evans cries?
Punch walls – they don’t retaliate.

‘Berandal’ means ‘badass’ or ‘scoundrel’.
Suck it up, don’t fuck it up.
Indonesian police corruption really blows.

My favourite film of 2014,
Soz McQueen, this is my new jam.
GO ON RAMA, MY SON!

VERDICT: 5/5

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Critic Circle Update: Because I Got Slack, And That.

San Francisco, Satellite Awards, Chicago, St. Louis, Indiana, Toronto, Florida, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Austin, Black Film Critics, Utah, Dublin, Women Films Circle – I feel I may have neglected you slightly.

With thirteen different lists of winners to report back on, well, I’ll keep it brief, but a list of Best Picture, Director, all four Acting winners, Best Screenplays, Cinematography, Documentary, Animation and Foreign Film can be found below.

It’s mainly all about Zero Dark Thirty and Daniel Day-Lewis as expected, but there are some interesting wins to pick up on (namely thanks to Toronto) and prizes to whoever finds The Artist hidden within.

Check it all out below: Continue reading

Bitesize Review: The Raid (2011)

DIRECTOR: Gareth Evans.

CAST: Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Doni Alamsyah, Yayan Ruhian, Pierre Gruno, Ray Sahetapy.

SYNOPSIS: In the slums of Jakarta, a group of dangerous murderers and gangsters live in a tower block that even the police won’t enter. When a SWAT team decides to storm the building and take down notorious drug lord, Tama (Sahetapy), the other residents of the block won’t go down without giving it all they’ve got.

My broken arm calls for a slightly different (and bitesize) reviewing format. So here’s ten things I want to say about The Raid: Continue reading

Oops

I may have broken myself again!!

Very bad timing, as it’s currently end of year coursework time, so I’ll be posting short, bitesize reviews for a while instead of my normal format.

I’m so desperate to talk about The Raid, so I’ll aim to get that (along with The Dictator) up by the end of the week.

What I’m Watching – May 2012

This list only includes films I watched for the first time this month. My most recent viewing is the top entry:

Moonrise Kingdom (Dir: Wes Anderson, 2012) *****

What To Expect When You’re Expecting (Dir: Kirk Jones, 2012) ***

Men In Black III (Dir: Barry Sonnenfeld, 2012) **

Men In Black II (Dir: Barry Sonnenfeld, 2002) **

Rushmore (Dir: Wes Anderson, 1998) *****

An Education (Dir: Lone Scherfig, 2009) ****

A Dangerous Method (Dir: David Cronenberg, 2011) ***

The Dictator (Dir: Larry Charles, 2012) **

The Raid (Dir: Gareth Evans, 2011) *****

Citizen Kane (Dir: Orson Welles, 1941) *****

Dark Shadows (Dir: Tim Burton, 2012) ***

Martha Marcy May Marlene (Dir: Sean Durkin, 2011) ****

Safe (Dir: Boaz Yakin, 2012) ***

The Lucky One (Dir: Scott Hicks, 2012) **

Trailer Talk: High School Reunions, Scottish Princesses, Pregnancy And A French Romance

The end of the world, Bollywood Bond, Stifler returns, confused teens, Scottish princesses, sexual fetishes, French romances, really rubbish horror, really amazing fight scenes, high school papers, sleeping around, pregnancy, lots of Gods and stunning child’s play – let’s talk trailers: Continue reading