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  • 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…

  • Tess of the D'Urbervilles 2008

    ★★★★ Added

    The dialogue is a bit cheesy, which is not unusual for period drama adaptations like this so we can forgive it. The acting is amazing though, flawless throughout. This miniseries made me fall in love with Gemma Arterton, it definitely made me fall in love with Hans Matheson, and Eddie Redmayne was so offendingly hypocritical as Angel that I still seethe whenever I see him (which is a shame because of course the poor actor couldn't help it, but then…

  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013

    ★★★½ Added

    Now that I've seen all three films, I can say this is probably the best of the lot. That's no credit to Peter Jackson, who is a terrible director in all three. But this movie has both Thranduil and Smaug, which are a fantastic addition and if all three films would've just been about those two characters I would have been very happy.
    Great acting from Lee Pace and Benedict Cumberbatch, and from the rest of the cast admittedly but everything else is tired, cliche, unnecessary, badly written, uninteresting, just a waste of film.

  • The Imitation Game 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 07 Feb, 2015

    A touch too much melodrama lost this movie one star from me, but it's overall really really good. The acting is great, historically it's realistic in tone if not in details, and the music is out of this world. It's definitely worth at least one viewing.

  • The Three Musketeers 1993

    ★★½ Added

    All I can say is thank God for Tim Curry. I'd give this movie five stars/ten stars/a whole galaxy's worth just for his performance, but I wouldn't want to mislead anyone.

  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 2014

    ★★ Added

    Two stars, for Thranduil's hair.
    Everything else is crap.

  • The Riot Club 2014

    ★★ Added

    Revolting and aimless movie, albeit with a flawless cast - and the most gorgeous English interiors, if only they were devoid of people.
    The movie improves with the grand violent act in the second half, but flounders soon after that into an anticlimactic end.

  • The Celebration 1998

    ★★½ Added

    Good acting wasted on horrible characters and a tired plot.

  • Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★ Added 1

    For all the hype around it, it's remarkably mediocre, especially for Fincher.

  • My Soul to Take 2010

    ★★ Added

    Giving this film two stars, for that shot of Raúl Esparza's gorgeous arms while his character was on the phone.

  • Trouble in the Heights 2011

    ★★★ Added

    Very obviously an independent film, and they could have chosen a better set of lenses, though I understand they can be really hard to get so that aside: the writing is actually pretty good (though so much dialogue is Spanish, and spoken very quickly, that you might need subs, but that's no fault), and the acting is surprisingly good, I thought. The child actors in particular did a good job. And Raul Esparza embodied the villain with frightening ease, he makes the movie worth a viewing all on his own.

  • Captain America: The First Avenger 2011

    ★★½ Added

    Only absolute boredom got me to see this film. It wasn't actually as bad as I had expected, it was just bad enough to barely earn a couple of stars. Shy, trite, filled with cliches like ye olde David and Goliath, the Hero's Initiation Journey, the older-brother figure, the (lost) father figure, the buxom heroine, the nazi villain (really, Marvel?), and when PoW torture and brain washing are even touched in the film they barely get a feather brush (very likely to save the rating, but it's still irritating).