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  • Ida 2013

    ★★★ Watched 25 Nov, 2014

    Whilst I cannot deny the stark beauty of the black and white photography, and the eloquence of the lead actress, I did struggle to stay focused. With sparse dialogue, it's certainly a film that's hard to latch on to, even for short, 82-minute picture.

  • Contact 1997

    ★★★★ Rewatched 23 Nov, 2014

    I do love me some good sci-fi, and Contact continues to grow on me as a marvellous entry in the genre. Dr Ellie Arroway lifelong search for answers of whether we're alone in the universe or not whilst dealing with loneliness in her life is played with great effect by Jodie Foster, her character drives the film to the emphatic finale where elements of Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey are visually apparent. Zemeckis' follow up to the acclaimed Forrest Gump comes close to being a masterpiece, but it's good enough for me.

  • Frozen 2013

    ★★★★ Rewatched 23 Nov, 2014

    For a film titled Frozen is sure managed to melt my heart.

  • Rififi 1955

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 19 Nov, 2014 2

    François Truffaut called it the best noir ever made, and I'm not going to argue with the godfather of the French nouvelle vague era, to do so would be blasphemous, also he's right, Jules Dassin's Rififi is mesmerising from beginning to end.

  • Edge of Tomorrow 2014

    ★★★★ Rewatched 17 Nov, 2014 1

    A solid and entertaining blockbuster in a summer chocked full of sequels, reboots, remakes, sequels and prequels. Edge of Tomorrow isn't just guns and explosions, it delivers an intelligent science fiction drama that has the sentiment of at first if you don't succeed, try, try again.

  • Kiss Me Deadly 1955

    ★★★★ Rewatched 14 Nov, 2014

    ***watched as part of the Noir-November film challenge***

    Another great and intriguing noir that's full of suspense and mystery. Ralph Meeker is one cool cat ducking and diving a myriad of bad guys, whilst he's trying to piece together the conundrum of who tried to kill him and why.

  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang 2005

    ★★★★ Rewatched 12 Nov, 2014 1

    ***watched as part of the Noir-November film challenge***

    Harmony: Well, for starters, she's been fucked more times than she's had a hot meal.

    Harry: Yeah, I heard about that. It was neck-and-neck and then she skipped lunch.

    The best thing about what is already a damn good film, is Shane Black's charismatic script. Full of sass and witty one liners, it's hard to imagine anyone other than Downey Jr reciting these lines, the guy puts in an adept performance, coupled…

  • The Maltese Falcon 1941

    ★★★★ Rewatched 12 Nov, 2014

    Another superb film for the Noir-November film challenge. Bogey is sharp and witty in a script from director John Huston, who's other noir, The Asphalt Jungle, I also really enjoyed. A simply-shot film that spends much of it's time inside, yet we are still treated with those shadowy shots and sinister characters that make the film as memorable as it is. The Maltese Falcon is labelled as a classic for a reason; It's just that.

  • Drive 2011

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 11 Nov, 2014

    Somethings in life are too good not to be enjoyed regularly. With so much going on in our every day lives it's nice to stop for a moment, relax a little, and reward ourselves with a watch of Drive.

    I have an insatiable love for this film. Not just because of how cool it is or how little there is in the way of exposition - allowing you to piece things together yourself - but because it gives me something new to think about each and every time I watch it. But mainly because it's fucking cool.

  • Under the Skin 2013

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 10 Nov, 2014 2

    The look of bewilderment on my girlfriends face only added to the enjoyment of watching this again.

    For the record, she loathed it!

  • Interstellar 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Nov, 2014 1

    Not quite the masterpiece it wants to be, yet Nolan must be commended for his ability to reach that little bit farther with his vision of continuing to create something more grandiose and intelligent with each film he puts out. Whilst I am still gathering my thoughts in there entirety, I can honestly say that the third act is the best experience I've had at the cinema this year, it's just a shame I can't shake the feeling that it was such a cumbersome journey to get there.

  • You Only Live Once 1937

    ★★★½ Watched 07 Nov, 2014

    ***Watched as part of the Noir-November film challenge***

    You Only Live Once is aesthetically a noir but is more of a melodrama, at least thematically. The story of a trouble convict trying to desperately to go straight, if only for the lady in his life. Fritz Lang weaves an intricate character study but doesn't quite manage to make the plot all that encompassing. Whilst it's not as good as Scarlet Street, Fonda does have presence that certainly makes the film a little more robust. Worth a look if you're a fan of Lang, or seeking new noir's/crime dramas to watch.