Black Man vs Train. Black Man wins. Who needs more when you're dealing with a missile the size of the Chrysler building?

Deathly Hallows Part 1

The first part of the last part of the ever-darkening franchise, Deathly Hallows Part 1 is the best film of the lot. Yes, even The Columbus Years.

The Girl who Kicked the Hornets' Nest

This TV movie spends one hour in hospital, one in court. It's basically an episode of Casualty and Kavanagh QC back-to-back.

The American

Veteran hitman shacks up in southern Italy. Sleeps with women. Befriends priest. Takes pretty pictures. Classy stuff.

Potterthon 2010

Poor boy with no friends lives in cupboard under the stairs. Decides to live blog all Harry Potter films in a row. 902 minutes. 6 films. 1 television. Accio life.


Machete don't text. Machete disappointing. Machete better as trailer.

Leap Year

Disturbing, graphic and painful to watch. Yes, it's realistic, but that’s part of what makes it so unpleasant.

Due Date

The Funniest Film Since The Hangover? Due Date ticks every comedy box. Except the one labelled jokes.

Despicable Me

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Star Ratings

Very Good


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Written by Ivan Radford   
Monday, 22 November 2010 08:56
Director: Michael Rowe
Cast: Monica Del Carmen, Gustavo Sanchez Parra, Marco Zapata
Certificate: 18

Laura leads a solitary life. A freelancer in an isolated apartment, she has little to no human connection. She lies to her mother, occasionally sees her estranged brother, and barely goes outside her own four walls. But she has a hobby to fill her spare time: sex. Lots and lots of sex. Dirty, casual, lonely sex. Then she picks up Arturo (Sanchez Parra) at a bar one night, and things get a lot more violent. And by things, of course, I mean sex.

What follows is a series of intense and brutal bedroom encounters. Sometimes on the floor, sometimes across the table, usually involving a belt. Arturo has a thing for cruelty and that gets Laura excited. As their relationship deepens (read: gets more abusive), Laura’s sad existence eventually reveals its source. Counting down the days to 29th February, she’s in desperate mourning and can’t shake off her grief. Which clearly explains her passion for Arturo peeing on her face.

As the enigmatic lead, Del Carmen’s sadness seems sincere, and you never doubt Gustavo Sanchez Parra’s power crazy psycho. But as touching and twisted as Michael Rowe makes Laura’s motivation, Leap Year can’t jump over its main obstacle: the awkward intercourse.

Thanks to the graphic depiction of penetration, words like “subtle” or “well-shot” get thrust to one side. Rowe’s Cannes-winning camera does well to stick to its confined location, but fills it with horrible human contact. It’s great to be provoked, but the challenging content simply blocks any emotions from view. You could praise Leap Year for being believable and realistic. But that’s part of what makes it so unpleasant.


Disturbing, graphic and painful to watch. The only way Leap Year could be more uncomfortable is if you accidentally touch the leg of the person next to you halfway through.


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1Wednesday, 01 December 2010 17:09
Is it as painful to watch as that other film called Leap Year? *I haven't seen it, I don't plan to*