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  • I Give It A Year 2013

    ½ Watched 23 Mar, 2014

    That was awful. So awful. Hoping for some redeeming Brit comedy but none to be had.

  • Mean Girls 2 2011

    ★★ Watched 19 Mar, 2014

    This film should have stood alone, not attempted the lofty heights of Mean Girls brilliance - it fell short. By a long long way.
    There are elements of Mean Girls (Plastics, protagonist who moves schools a lot, betrayal of friends, redemption...), and even some. It's lacking comedy and originality. Jo's backstory is unique, but it's just not used effectively to make this film anything special. Did someone say straight to DVD? No wonder. Let go of the Mean Girls label and you have a fairly lighthearted high school drama, daytime TV film - it at least meets those expectations.

  • How I Live Now 2013

    ★★★ Watched 19 Mar, 2014

    An extra star for the great soundtrack and cinematography. I have a feeling the book would have been better, I just didn't get "into" the lead character.

  • Lovelace 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Feb, 2014

    Sharp, honest, portrayal of the experiences of Linda Lovelace. Amanda Seyfried is excellent, as is Peter Sarsgaard playing her revolting husband Chuck.

    Adam Brody as Harry Reems is a terrible casting, it's like Seth Cohen travelled back to the '70's. He has potential to play the character, but the nerd-boy demeanour lets the portrayal down (see the scene where Harry meets Hugh Hefner).

    Some people seem to struggle with accepting the film as it's not "sex positive", but remember the…

  • The Game Plan 2007

    ★½ Watched 09 Jan, 2014

    Watching films on free-to-air broadcast TV is one way to see films you'd never ever choose to watch yourself.

    The idea of watching a film with Dwayne Johnson in it makes me cringe, but it could have been worse. He did really haul this movie over the finish line and does a great job of framing it in the "family movie" department.

    No surprises, very cliché, overall mediocre.

  • Take This Waltz 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 05 Jan, 2014

    Michelle Williams really is a wonderful actress. Seth Rogen was also excellent in this film, unexpectedly.

    To watch this film you really must watch, Michelle Williams' face is everything.

  • The Dish & the Spoon 2011

    ★★★½ Watched 28 Jul, 2013 4

    Gerwig is getting a lot of attention lately, though I'm getting a bit bored of her. All her characters blend in to one kind of annoying, incapable, not-my-fault, twenty something white girl.

    This film had enough randomness to keep me entertained, it's visually quite appealing too. Particularly enjoyed Olly Alexander, who I've never seen on screen before, but who's character in this film reflects a few people I've had the fortune to meet.

    All in all, better than I thought it would be.

  • Bright Star 2009

    ★★½ Watched 20 Apr, 2013

    I don't think I was expecting to work so hard to engage with this film. The narrative reading of poetry and letters does ring on days after watching however.

    After recently re-watching Abbie Cornish in Candy, I struggled to believe her as Fanny who is such a contrasting character. Perhaps not in some regards, both love an "inappropriate" man.

    Some beautiful cinematography, especially of Fanny's solitary moments. Perhaps I'd appreciate the film mre after another viewing but it just didn't capture my heart.

  • Crazy, Stupid, Love. 2011

    ★★★ Watched 17 Apr, 2013

    Does what it says on the box.

    Appreciate gratuitous shirtless Gosling scene(s).

  • Little Miss Sunshine 2006

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 13 Apr, 2013

    I love this film. Going a year or several months between watching, and watching in a different frame of mind inspires different reflections.

    Most recently, the café/diner scene pissed off the feminist in me, and there were more statements on the state of life throughout that I'd not engaged with before.

    Toni Collette, Paul Dano and Abigail Breslin all play their roles exceptionally well. Perhaps I should list the whole lead cast.

    Little Miss Sunshine is an easy lighthearted watch…

  • The Secret World of Arrietty 2010

    ★★★★ Watched 29 Mar, 2013

    How beautiful. The intricacies of each "set" scene are amazing, let alone when they shift perspective. Gorgeously drawn, the pace of The Secret World of Arrietty was near perfect. The ending may have been slightly rushed, but the characters are very well established.

    Familiar sounds especially in the garden in the beginning of the film remind me of Spirited Away, as does the commencement with a young person's car ride.

    I loved the story of The Borrowers as a child, I'd happily substitute that childhood memory for this one.

  • Damsels in Distress 2011

    Watched 24 Mar, 2013

    What just happened?