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  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★★★ Added

    Another Tarantino classic. Subversive, hyper-violent and impeccably performed. I would go on but I'm saving the bulk my praise for something more extensive.

  • The Dark Knight

    The Dark Knight 2008

    ★★★★½ Added

    A superhero reaction to 9/11 and the War on Terror that manages to tackle these big themes without compromising. In this homogenized genre, only Christopher Nolan is ambitious enough to even try such a thing, let alone succeed.

  • Inception

    Inception 2010

    ★★★★★ Added

    Chrisotpher Nolan coalesces every idea and theme he has ever toyed with into this, what may be his definitive masterpiece.

  • Drive

    Drive 2011

    ★★★★★ Added

    Nicolas Winding Refn makes a movie with the minimalist cool of Walter Hill, the existentialism of Jean Pierre Melville and the neo-noir atmosphere of early Michael Mann. A modern masterpiece.

  • The Dark Knight Rises

    The Dark Knight Rises 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 20 Jul, 2012

    The Dark Knight is the neater, thematically/politically richer film but I take my hat off to Nolan for crafting a modern day cinematic epic from a Batman franchise. Inferior to TDK, superior to BB, the dense plotting, vast scope and emotional heft are enough to guarantee rewarding repeat viewings.

    EDIT: Dropped down a star in hindsight. The lack of thematic consistency is really going to harm it in the long term.

  • Skyfall

    Skyfall 2012

    ★★★★★ Added

    In many ways Skyfall is the true Bond reboot, not Casino Royale. While Craig's first Bond adventure made many concessions to find a place for itself in a post-Bourne market, Skyfall embraces its legacy completely. It manages to take the classic Bond formula and make it feel fresh & relevant for modern times without actually changing much - just augmenting it with a bit of grit and emotional gravity, but not at the expense of being utterly entertaining - this is a difficult balancing act that Mendes and company made seem effortless.

    The best blockbuster of the year by far.

  • Moonrise Kingdom

    Moonrise Kingdom 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 29 Jul, 2012

    Charming and emotionally engaging in a way that seems more accessible than other Wes Anderson films but still defiantly Wes Anderson in style and content. His best (live-action) film since Tenenbaums.

  • Reservoir Dogs

    Reservoir Dogs 1992

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 17 Jun, 2012

    Holds up like a motherfucker. Astounding debut.

  • Iron Man 3

    Iron Man 3 2013

    ★★★★ Added

    Might be my favourite Marvel movie so far, certainly the most complete Iron Man movie yet (having a complete script certainly helps). More thoughts as they come to me...

  • Looper

    Looper 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 29 Sep, 2012

    Smart, thrilling piece of adult genre cinema that is equal parts concept-driven and character-driven. Each iteration of Joe is a character of such moral complexity, they could drive an entire film on their own. Rian Johnson has stepped up in a big way, this is the sort of blockbuster calling card that Ridley Scott or Christopher Nolan once made. If you let this movie fail, you don't get the right to complain when Hollywood churns out its next Battleship.

  • Star Trek Into Darkness

    Star Trek Into Darkness 2013

    ★½ Added

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Star Trek Into A Really Dumb Movie. [Some Spoilers]

    First of all, let's get one thing out of the way. Benedict Cumberbatch is Khan. If you didn't see how glaringly obvious that reveal was, you weren't a big Trek fan to begin with. If you weren't a big Trek fan to begin with, the reveal has zero impact on you, so why pretend its a spoiler? Settled? Good.

    In 2009, JJ Abrams revitalized the Trek franchise with a deeply flawed…

  • Prometheus

    Prometheus 2012

    ★★½ Added

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.


    This is less a review, more an observation.

    The Engineers, the once mysterious "Space Jockeys", are presented as creating something devastating that turned on them and ultimately destroyed them. Yet it's not the xenomorph. Not directly, that seemed to be more of an accident than anything, as I doubt they created these penis-squids with the intention of using them on their own kind.

    So what does this tell us? The Engineers, the creators of organic…