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  • Maps to the Stars 2014

    ★★ Watched 29 Sep, 2014

    There are very few moments that stand out for me; is it bad when you laugh at a dog being shot? Of course it is. The constant referral to incestuous relationships quickly becomes tedious. With actors clearly under the microscope here, it's not a film that's there for pure entertainment; Cronenberg is trying convey that these people are human beings just like you and me, except they don't act like it. The message here? I'm not entirely sure there is…

  • The French Connection 1971

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 25 Sep, 2014

    "All right! You put a shiv in my partner. You know what that means? Goddammit! All winter long I got to listen to him gripe about his bowling scores. Now I'm gonna bust your ass for those three bags and I'm gonna nail you for picking your feet in Poughkeepsie." - Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle

  • Locke 2014

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 25 Sep, 2014

    A masterful approach of a premise that on paper, doesn't work. Transposed to film, add Tom Hardy with gruff Welsh accent and we're on to a winner.

    Hardy plays Ivor Locke. An expert in pouring cement and a foreman. He is in charge of overseeing the largest pour about to happen in Europe, except he'll not be there. He'll be driving down the M6 to London whilst his life falls part via the telephone, battling some hidden demons along the…

  • Sin City 2005

    ★★★★½ Watched 21 Sep, 2014

    As far as comic book films go, Sin City absolutely fucking nails it.

  • 300: Rise of an Empire 2014

    Watched 20 Sep, 2014

    How the fuck did this even get green lit? I mean, who read the treatment and thought that it seemed like a good idea? I'd imagine a conversation between the studio exec and the producer went along these lines:

    Producer: "That 300 film we made in 2006, how's about we do a sequel?"

    Exec: "Is Snyder on for it?"

    Producer: "He's busy with some other comic book thingy, I was thinking we get a puppet director, that way I can…

  • 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"