#600 – Total Recall

Action

There’s no Mars! Total Recall is another weak remake of a classic.

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#599 – I’m A Cyborg, But That’s OK

Fantasy

I’m A Cyborg, But That’s OK is directed and written by Chan-Wook Park. This means it’s bonkers, violent and good all at the same time. It’s safe to say that this film would only have ever been made in South Korea. If you do delve into this warren of the bizarre don’t expect to make it out the other side any wiser, but don’t despair either, the oddness is part of the pleasure.

I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK

#598 – Detachment

Drama

Directed by Tony Kaye, who famously walked away from his movie American History X, Detachment is as one would expect considerably better fare than your average high school teacher led drama. Yes, it is ultimately about the depressing struggle to find beauty in an ugly world and does lean toward a teen audience, but it manages to not be overly morose by striking a poignancy every so often. A strong cast helps too and they do well with what is essentially an intelligent and interesting film worthy of your time.

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#597 – Beasts Of The Southern Wild

Drama

Heart-breaking and magical, as well as being full of some of the most developed characters you’re likely to see, Beasts Of The Southern Wild is something special. Immerse yourself in it and it’s scenery as nature, nurture, life and death are explored in a fantastical raw clarity. The sequence where the river folk are chowing down on crawfish is worth a special mention as it is immense in all senses of the word.

Beasts Of The Southern Wild

#596 – Skyfall

Action

Don’t get me wrong Skyfall is good. However there isn’t much Bond stuff. I miss the gadgets for a start and the constant questioning of whether or not 007 is still up to the job is just a bit depressing and so laboured as to become a bore. In fact the plot very much mirrors that of The Dark Knight Rises and therefore has similar flaws, as just mentioned. However, that said it’s still Bond and that’s nearly always cool, plus the finale is a good one, even if it does take an age to arrive.

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