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LAST FM: On heavy rotation

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Spot check: beyond vert.

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26th Jan 2015

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Chocolate heart attack.

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24th Jan 2015

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Company car staple of the 1980s.

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24th Jan 2015

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New coffee table tome / coffee table. Thanks @rv888 / @glenefriedman

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23rd Jan 2015

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My dream night out.

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23rd Jan 2015

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Carnitas tostadas.

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23rd Jan 2015

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Mad Dog and Glory

Dated but decent, with an unusual premise. Plus dream team pairing of 90s DeNiro and Bill Murray.


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20th Jan 2015

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New lunch spot.

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20th Jan 2015

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@nickersrg vs 8 inch stick insect. Somewhere in Queensland c1998.

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20th Jan 2015

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The Score

Disappointing, great-on-paper heist flick, with an underwhelming final turn from Brando.


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19th Jan 2015

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Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World

Mind-numbingly slight dramedy, with a vintage turn from Keira Knightley.


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18th Jan 2015

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

If you like Wes Anderson, you'll love the ultimate Wes Anderson movie.


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17th Jan 2015

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Third birthdays are the best.

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17th Jan 2015

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Heat

The ultimate cops and robbers movie has only got better with age. Epic, stylish, tense and thoroughly gripping.


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16th Jan 2015

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Finally clocked in at the Glen E. Friedman exhibition. So much good stuff. @glenefriedman #glenefriedman

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14th Jan 2015

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Found this bad boy in a drawer, complete with an undeveloped film with one shot left.

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13th Jan 2015

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Dead Man

Stark, not entirely successful western. A relic from days gone by, when Johnny Depp was in arthouse films.


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8th Jan 2015

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Back to the daily grind.

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5th Jan 2015

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Beef. With @hugoslime @kathgreenphoto @matalan1974 and some non-linkables. Good to see you dudes!

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4th Jan 2015

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Sabotage

Ultra violence and cocky dialogue from cliched tough guys help sink this glitzy Ten Little Indians rehash.


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3rd Jan 2015

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Sweet bread and salt beef. #doctorsorders

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3rd Jan 2015

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Maleficent

Angelina Jolie brought only her avatar to this tedious, post-LOTR, cgi rehash of the classic fairy tale.


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2nd Jan 2015

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Gone Girl

While it's less gripping once you know the twists, Fincher's cold thriller evolves into a dark comedy.


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1st Jan 2015

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Maps To The STARS

Twisted, Lynchian melodrama ...from Cronenberg. Dark and original, though possibly not enjoyable.


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1st Jan 2015

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Robin Hood

Decidedly lacklustre effort from the doldrums of the 1970s Disney studio. With mis-guided Honky Tonk.

Halliwell says: Alarmingly poor cartoon feature with all the characters 'played' by animals; songs especially dim and treatment quite lifeless.


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1st Jan 2015

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Starred Up

Brutal, gruelling prison drama - anchored by a raft of solid performances.


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31st Dec 2014

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Mrs Chimp getting seasonal with the pastry.

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31st Dec 2014

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Beauty and the Beast

Despite the praise and success, this Disney entry disappoints with it's design and storytelling.

Halliwell says: A return to top form by Disney, with excellent animation and a singable score. The picture has been credited with starting a new Hollywood fashion for animated musicals.***


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31st Dec 2014

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Four Rooms

Unwatchable fluff from four seemingly promising 90s directors. Bloated and self indulgent on every level.


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31st Dec 2014

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Pork day 4. Red cabbage coleslaw sliders.

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30th Dec 2014

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Steak n eggs with @nickersrg and @75_bc. Hot sauce and coffee I n the side. #instanthiccups

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29th Dec 2014

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Sleeping Beauty

Genre-pushing 1950s Disney fairytale, this time in epic widescreen. Tastefully done.

Halliwell says: Rather stodgy, unwisely Cinemascoped feature cartoon of the old legend; very fashionable and detailed, but somehow lifeless.*


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29th Dec 2014

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The Interview

Witless comedy with none of the observation of Knocked Up, or the outrageousness of Team America.


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28th Dec 2014

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Round two. Pork-fest.

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27th Dec 2014

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Ice Age

Dawn of the Dinosaurs

More action packed ice adventures, this time with added Simon Pegg. A plus for once.


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27th Dec 2014

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Terriers

Great characters, fantastic scripts, a long-game season arc and a bunch of good twists make this very watchable TV.


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26th Dec 2014

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Frozen

Disney's latest mega-sensation is heavy on songs, light on jeopardy and is missing an antagonist.


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26th Dec 2014

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Tidying up the fridge.

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26th Dec 2014

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Peter Pan

Rich, action-packed Disney entry, benefitting from J. M. Barrie's more layered source material.

Halliwell says: Solidly crafted cartoon version of a famous children's play; not Disney's best work, but still miles ahead of the competition.***


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26th Dec 2014

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The World's Fastest Indian

Textbook, sentimental, heartstring-plucking tale - done flawlessly.


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25th Dec 2014

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Le Week-end

Talky, thought provoking middle aged comedy about dreams v life. Solid script from Hanif Kureishi.


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24th Dec 2014

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Multiplicity

If you like Michael Keaton, you'll love this screwball comedy that doesn't really have a start or end.


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24th Dec 2014

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Cinderella

Disney's flashy re-tread of Snow White, missing some of the charm but pushing forward animation technique.

Halliwell says: A feature cartoon rather short on inspiration, though with all Disney's solid virtues. The mice are lively and the villainous cat the best character.**


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24th Dec 2014

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Save The Date

Slight, middle-class, hipster dramedy - saved from disaster by some reliable casting.


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23rd Dec 2014

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Tarzan

Reasonable late-era Disney, enhanced/dated by a flamboyant Phil Collins soundtrack.


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23rd Dec 2014

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Cherry

Predictable indie drama. Following in the footsteps of 'Starlet', but with less style and originality.


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23rd Dec 2014

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RIP Joe Cocker

The Sheffield singer - best known to 80s kids as the guy who sang the Wonder Years theme tune With A Little Help From My Friends - has died at 70. Little background to how the reruns couldn't afford his amazing version here on Quartz

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Genre-defining animation from Disney. Dated in some ways, but still full of style.

Halliwell says: Disney's first feature cartoon, a mammoth enterprise which no one in the business thought would work. The romantic leads were wishy-washy but the splendid songs and the marvellous comic and villainous characters turned the film into a world-wide box office bombshell which is almost as fresh today as when it was made.****


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22nd Dec 2014

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Ribs/Ribs/Pulled Pork. Killer hot sauce not shown #InstantHiccups

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20th Dec 2014

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The Hunt

Intense, paranoid witch hunt. Thought provoking and intricately crafted, with many stand out performances.


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19th Dec 2014

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Felony

Underwhelming Aussie police thriller. A slim concept, padded out to feature length.


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19th Dec 2014

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Triangle

Laborious time loop thriller with many similarities to the far superior Timecrimes.


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18th Dec 2014

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Two of my favourite dudes.

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17th Dec 2014

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Crab/steak/cheesecake. @blackscore had a salad.

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17th Dec 2014

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#unnecessarystreetfoods

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17th Dec 2014

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Pork baby burrito to bridge the gap

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17th Dec 2014

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Re-up.

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16th Dec 2014

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Trailer Park: Knight of Cups

Trailer up for the next Terrence Mailick movie, "Knight of Cups". Bale looks bearabale for once and the movie itself looks like a change of direction after the rambling dullness of "To The Wonder". The movie will debut at the Berlin Film Festival in February.

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