Rob Simpson

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 63% (704 of 1,118)
Location: Middlesbrough, England
Birthday: 12 Mar


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,841 - Total Helpful Votes: 704 of 1118
Pluto [Blu-ray] <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Kim Kkobbi
Pluto [Blu-ray] Blu-ray ~ Kim Kkobbi
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Between Bleak Night and Pluto, third window films have covered the issues inherent in the Korean education system. In Pluto June is a student who is implicated in the murder of an academies number 1 student. Told out of chronological order, June joins a secret student society, seeing him involved in a series of violent, disturbing tasks that allow the top 10 students to remain so. Its an engaging mystery that goes deep down the rabbit hole of satirising the power hungry elements of a broken system. Brilliantly acted by a young cast and neatly photographed in a choice location, it's a great entry into the third window catalogue but it isn't without its problems. The dialogue occasionally… Read more
Daisies (Sedmikrásky) [1966] [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Ivana Karbanová
Daisies (Sedmikrásky) [1966] [DVD] DVD ~ Ivana Karbanová
What the bloody chuff did I just watch!? Two girls decide that since the world has gone bad they should follow suit. What follows is a surreal orgasm of colour, anarchy and rebelliously playful deconstructions of the Czech bourgeoisie. I have no idea whether it's good or not, but the sheer audacity of the ideas and execution had me in glee over the giant 'middle finger' this film is. Its not just an anarchists dream either, the super speed montage work in the film is the work of an editing genius. Super Impressive. One things for sure after experiencing this ecstatic film, I'll certainly be investigating Czech new wave and Second Run's discography at great detail...
Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow [DVD] [2014] <b>DVD</b> ~ Tom Cruise
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
There's no subtext to be had at all; no comment on the futility of war and no mention of the sort of existentialism you'd expect in a film where the hero relives the same day, dying over and over. And yet, funnily enough, Edge of Tomorrow is refreshingly simple because of that as it frees the film up to function as pure entertainment. Cruise is as consistent an action star as he ever is in a role that allows a healthy dose of self-effacement. Self effacement and cool cybernetic suits. Best of all though is Emily Blunt, who continues to prove that there is no film or role that she cannot take to like duck to water. How she isn't a star, I have no idea. Yeah, Edge of Tomorrow is a super vague… Read more