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bikewrench’s Film Reviews

About me: Mechanic Student Stay at home Dad

30 Films have been rated or reviewed by bikewrench.

Under the Silver LakeUnder the Silver Lake (2018)
3 stars (Good Enough) Slow burner, draws you into what is ultimately nonsense. Good acting, good drama. However, as a portarait of someone with a severe mental illness it works. There is nothing to solve, it's all paranoia. awesome LA neighborhoods...
DVD $24.95
Last Black Man in San Francisco, TheLast Black Man in San Francisco, The (2019)Recommended
5 stars (Exceptional) It is truly exceptional, a brilliant, love/ hate letter to San Francisco. The race and class portrayals are brilliant and nuanced. The actors are superb, the cinematography impressionistic and realistic in turn. Awesome, it made me miss SF.
Lighthouse, TheLighthouse, The (2019)Aro Favourite
4 stars (Very Good) Brilliant verbose period piece well sold by the excellent leads, particularly Dafoe. Amazing cinematography, worthy of it's gongs.
DVD $24.95
True Detective - Season 1 (TV Series)True Detective - Season 1 (TV Series) (2014)Aro Favourite
4 stars (Very Good) Brilliant acting and direction on this tribute to the dime store sleaze magazine. Writing is mostly top notch, the characters are great, with Louisiana a regular standout. One of Fukunaga’s best
Expanse, The (TV Series)Expanse, The (TV Series) (2015)
5 stars (Exceptional) The best science fiction show ever made. Best stories, best writing, greatest characters etc. Once they got a real budget they become unstoppable. Characters with complex motivations, compelling political structures that are flawed. Physics that works.
DVD $29.95, $29.95 | Blu-Ray $34.95, $34.95
Proposition, TheProposition, The (2005)Aro Favourite
5 stars (Exceptional) “Are we misanthropes...?” “No... we’re a family!” Nick Cave’s riff on the Australian ‘western’ defines the genre. A stellar example of a single vision of hell coming through quite accurate history. Unmissable. Not for the faint...
CrashCrash (1996)Aro Favourite
3 stars (Good Enough) Based on an art exhibition that Ballard created in the 60’s. This is the story of who would attend that show. Amazing piece of transgressive art. Very challenging. Simple story.
DVD $20 $15
High-RiseHigh-Rise (High Rise) (2015)Aro Favourite
4 stars (Very Good) This could be five stars some days. From JG Ballard’s 1975 novel which contains much of his tropes. Class consciousness through a 70’s lens imagines the near future. Smoking, drinking, brutal middle class imbeciles. Unsubtle but brilliant.
DVD $20 $15, $24.95
Inside Llewyn DavisInside Llewyn Davis (2013)Recommended
4 stars (Very Good) A really strange pleasure to watch. Before folk hit Bob Dylan here is the guy who wasn’t quite Bob. In detail, down and out in NYC. A must see.
Quay Brothers: The Short Films 1979 - 2003Quay Brothers: The Short Films 1979 - 2003 (1979-2003)
5 stars (Exceptional) After viewing these you will always remember certain bits and pieces. The Quay Brothers are heavily influential on much of the stop motion film art form. Unmissable, you won’t be able to look away for much of it. Don’t try to watch it all at once.

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