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Author Archives: John Guzdek

The Tournament

Scott Mann brings us an alcoholic priest, master of free running and triad assassin in a fairly unoriginal but enjoyable action movie set in the most unlikely of places.


Stormland is a decent recession era tragicomedy from Iceland. Watch for lashings of bleak landscapes, one of the best characters to come out of Northern Europe and a horse called Nietzsche.

War Witch

A touching portrayal of one 14-year-old girl’s journey through a civil war in Sub-Saharan. War Witch has a subtly told, engaging story that needs no melodrama to get it’s point across.

Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal

The ridiculously-titled Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal is a film about art. Plus a bit of sleepwalking cannibalism. It’s watchable but fairly forgttable – give it a go nonetheless.

Seven Psychopaths

A wonderfuly dark and ridiculous comedy that gives us a slightly different kind of thriller. Sam Rockwell puts in a stellar performance and Colin Farrell stars in his third decent film ever. I’m stoked for the lad.

Death of a Man in the Balkans

A good idea with great characters that’s not quite got enough mileage in it to stop you from getting bored. Interestingly, it’s seems much more of a chore to watch at the beginning than at the end.


You can’t get any darker than this excellent British black comedy that immerses you in a holiday that’s much more interesting than yours.


Craig and Mendes put in an above average turn in the Bond series. Some great action sequences sit uneasily next to some extremely mediocre ones but the story and the fascinating bunch of characters keep things interesting.


Gareth Edwards has created an understated and enjoyable sci-fi movie that doesn’t feel the need to pander to the staples of the aliens-on-earth-genre. Strangely, a film that’s more about people than monsters. Deep, man, deep.

Le Havre

A unmistakable Aki Kaurismäki vehicle that’s likeable, amusing and intriguing. Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite have the momentum to take it past ‘that was nice’ territory.