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  • Spectre

    Spectre 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 02 Nov, 2015

    It's pretty good. All star cast doing what they do best, some really good direction from Mendes, lots of boom boom. Some sexings but nothing too explicit.

    Not quite as good as Skyfall though.

  • The Martian

    The Martian 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Oct, 2015

    Project Elrond being discussed in the same room with Sean Bean's character. Best moment, bar none.

    It's an ok movie otherwise. Good plot, the pace was solid, and the music was hilarious. Almost all tropes were pretty standard though, so there's nothing new from the directorial angle. One nice addition was a more international approach, with a Chinese space mission brought in to save the day (sort of). It's a good break from the typical vision of "the US is the only country on Earth", even if it was short-lived.

    Balanced mix of drama with comedy, and just enough science jargon to make itself look clever.

  • Blade

    Blade 1998

    ★★½ Added

    Pure 90s cheese.

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street 2013

    ★★★ Watched 04 Jun, 2015

    A mix between The Aviator and Fear & Loathing, funnier than the former and less witty than the latter.

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 29 May, 2015

    Well it's not gonna win any Oscars, and the script had the potential to be funnier than it was, but it's pretty and the pace of the action never falters.

  • Killer Joe

    Killer Joe 2011

    ★★★★ Watched 28 May, 2015

    Violent and very bloody, but brilliant.

  • John Wick

    John Wick 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 22 May, 2015

    Near-perfect action movie, on par with Dredd (2012). Good writing with pretty cool world-building of the criminal underworld, fantastic fight choreography, and the music is amazing.

  • 300: Rise of an Empire

    300: Rise of an Empire 2014

    ★★ Watched 10 Apr, 2015

    This movie would be 200% better on mute.

  • Scary Movie 2

    Scary Movie 2 2001

    ★★ Added


  • Night Train to Lisbon

    Night Train to Lisbon 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 05 Mar, 2015

    A bit melodramatic but a charming movie. The best thing about it is the cast: Jeremy Irons, Charlotte Rampling, Christopher Lee, Lena Olin, August Diehl, Melanie Laurent - that list of names alone makes it worth watching.

  • Les Misérables

    Les Misérables 1998

    ★★★½ Watched 03 Mar, 2015

    I've managed to avoid seeing any cinematic version of Les Miserables all my life, I think, but I felt like watching one now. And I didn't want to see the most recent version because I don't like musicals, so I dug up the 1998 movie.
    It feels a little miscast, but they're all good actors. Overall a good movie: solid script, good costume and makeup, very humanely played, and not without some elements of humour. The ending is a little abrupt and anticlimactic, and doesn't seem to receive the importance it deserves, but for the most part it's a decent film.

  • Pass the Ammo

    Pass the Ammo 1988

    ★★★★★ Watched 21 Feb, 2015

    I got this movie not expecting much, but I think it's the best movie I've seen this year yet (for what it's worth, it's only February).

    It is a flawless satire, managing to be playful, and effective, and tasteful. It hits corruption in the clergy right on the head, and delivers the irony of televangelism with relish like I've never seen before. But it also doesn't ignore the complacency of consumers, or the apathetic participation of the media, and presents…