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  • The Iron Giant 1999

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 15 Sep, 2014 3

    Not only is Brad Bird's The Iron Giant an utterly compelling and entertaining animated picture, it's also very aware of how to be clever without isolating it's audience. Beautifully rendered, with a mix of cell drawn and CG animation, allowing it to feel like a traditional animated film from the early days, whilst not be frightened to embrace the new technology. Every frame of the film is magical.

    The film is a fond one for me, and continues to bring me enjoyment on each and every watch. Now, where's the Blu-ray release Warner?!

  • A Most Wanted Man 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 12 Sep, 2014

    John Le Carré's post-9/11 story may be a slow burner, yet it demands your attention. With it's intricacies and heavy dialogue, it's certainly a mature film and your patience will be regarded in the final act. Certainly worthy of a visit to the cinema if only to see Hoffman in a finale so captivating, I may have had a lump in my throat knowing I'll not see another like it. Corbijn has found beauty in tragedy, for that, I say thank you.

  • We're the Millers 2013

    ★★ Watched 09 Sep, 2014

    As predicted, 'We're the Millers is pure drivel with all the humour lost in the trailers leading up to the film. Anniston has fallen so far from grace, it's tragic and heartbreaking. Whilst her affective striptease moment is a show-stopper, the weak script limits her character to mere trashy bimbo. Jason Sudeikis is as annoying as ever - it won't be long before he's crowned the new Adam Sandler - as the man child, pot dealing lead of the picture.…

  • The Wrong Man 1956

    ★★★½ Watched 09 Sep, 2014

    Another stellar Hitchcock film, this time staring Henry Fonda as the titular character who is wrongly accused of committing an armed robbery. The series of events that lead up to the trial are handle with precision, and with Hitch and Fonda on top of their game, The Wrong Man will not disappoint.

  • The Odd Couple 1968

    ★★★★ Watched 05 Sep, 2014

    "I know him. He's too nervous to kill himself. Wears his seat belt in a drive-in movie" - Oscar Madison

    A hugely entertaining and hilarious comedy staring too of the best. Matthau and Lemmon are the yin and yang of the picture, together they are the perfect pairing for this neurotic comedy that touches on love, loss, responsibility and suicide. A heavy exposition, that in the wrong hands could have failed, directed by stage director Gene Saks and written for…

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014

    ★★½ Rewatched 05 Sep, 2014

    So The Amazing Spider-man 2 felt like Spider-man 3.

    With some great action scenes and wonderful chemistry between Peter and Gwen aside, ASM2 is a bloated, tonal mess of a sequel. Yes, Garfield's Spidey nails the character. The humour is oft hilarious yet mistimed in places. Fox's 'Electro' didn't do it for me. The cliché story of a loner guy has an accident and is transformed with great powers to exact his revenge on the world that ignored him for…

  • Love Streams 1984

    ★★★★ Watched 05 Sep, 2014 1

    "What is love? Baby don't hurt me, don't hurt me, no more"

  • The Grapes of Wrath 1940

    ★★★★ Watched 03 Sep, 2014

    Based on American author John Steinbeck's novel of the same name, John Ford's film may not be his most accomplished, yet The Grapes of Wrath certainly packs a wallop in the emotional sense. Whilst some might say that the over use of sentiment out stays it's welcome, but I found that Ford uses his characters to great affect to ensure each have their own burden to carry, mitigating the notion of emotionalism thus allowing the viewer to connect with the…

  • Faust 1926

    ★★★★★ Watched 28 Aug, 2014

    One of the most important silent films of the German expressionism era that continues to captivate audiences almost 90-years on. With it's use of miniatures and matt paintings, Murnau's film creates an intimate and often frightening setting in which the story unfolds. Moments of bleakness are created with shallow focus shots and simple effects. A truly majestic piece of film history that sits proudly atop my favourite silents list along with Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans and Modern Times.

  • Lucy 2014

    ★★★ Watched 27 Aug, 2014

    Let's face it, LUCY isn't going to win any awards, but at a brisk 90 minute run-time, we are treated to a film that's not frightened to dream a little bigger. In doing so, Luc Besson's cerebral cortex is a playground for all kind of wonderful things. Scarlet Johansson - who is clearly having lots of fun here - is the titular character. Throw in a bewildered Morgan Freeman as a university professor who's written some mere 6000+ pages on…

  • Dead Silence 2007

    ★★ Watched 25 Aug, 2014

    James Wan's creepy horror film is full of tension but low on scares. The score seemed liked it was ripped off from Mike Oldfields Tubular Bells and the characters were a hollow as the wooden dolls themselves. An interesting premise that's full of ambition but ultimately doesn't deliver in the fear department.

  • The Master 2012

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 24 Aug, 2014 2

    Still as captivating and alluring as when I first saw it on the big screen in 2012; projected in 70mm no less. PTA's film is a beautiful and compelling look at two complex characters and how they pull towards one another in a battle of syncretism. Both Phoenix as Freddy Quell and Hoffman as Lancaster Dodd, give us, the audience, unrelenting performances. Each actor portrays their counter part with conviction, full of nuances that add to the spectacle of the…