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  • Sorcerer 1977

    ★★★★★ Watched 22 Apr, 2014

    A viscerally striking and suspenseful film, such wonderful ingenuity on the part of the director to be able to make a simple premise so engaging for 120 minutes.

    Friedkin takes Clouzot's classic 'Wages of Fear' and revitalises it. A great cast that is able to showcase their acting chops to the fullest, delivering definitive performances, we don't get to see this kind of acting as much in cinema today.

    A stone cold classic.

  • Blow-Up 1966

    ★★★★½ Watched 21 Apr, 2014

    Blowup audaciously involves us in a mysterious plot where a photographer is losing faith in his vocation, only to stumble upon an apparent murder which he has accidentally photographed.

    The film has a certain snobbish milieu about it, which I believe is intentional by the director. It allows the audience to be less sympathetic to the era and what was going on at that time and stay focused on the protagonists slow reveal of self awareness and the reigniting his…

  • To Catch a Thief 1955

    ★★★½ Rewatched 20 Apr, 2014

    Not one of Hitch's better films, but the rooftop finale is some proper ninja shit.

    Cary Grant looks like he's been stood next to a barbecue all summer and Grace Kelly looks as opulent as the room we first meet her in.

    A light and fluffy piece from the master of suspense.

  • Master of the House 1925

    ★★★ Watched 20 Apr, 2014

    An oppressive husband meets his maker as the truth is brought home by the woman that raised him. As his wife recuperates from her exhaustive daily routine and gruelling emotional fatigue, the 'Master of the House' is brought in to question and he must face the truth in himself to win back the respect of not only his wife, but of the household entire.

    Likely inspired by Dryer's own hardship growing up - as an adopted child, he was never…

  • Harold and Maude 1971

    ★★★★ Rewatched 19 Apr, 2014

    A quirky, black comedy deeply rooted in mortality that's both funny and poignant. The score by Cat Stevens is just the icing on the cake.

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014

    ★★★ Watched 19 Apr, 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 on point and oft hilarious. Unfortunately, too many throwaway moments that felt wasted or underdeveloped hinder the film from being "Amazing" It seemed as though the producers were more interested in setting up a franchise and forgot to make the film.

    As a big fan of the character, I'm disappointed by the follow up, but undoubtably I'll watch it again in the future.

  • Violent Saturday 1955

    ★★★★★ Watched 18 Apr, 2014

    Richard Fleischer, son of Betty Boop creator, Max Fleischer had an interesting if somewhat indifferent career in Hollywood that he was destined for. His artistic vision often compromised by the studio system in order to churn out project after project, guaranteeing revenue.

    In Violent Saturday, the director delivers a tragic and powerful film set in the small town Bisbee, Arizona, (Bradenville in the film) where the locals become entangled with a group of crooks attempting to pull off a heist…

  • The Running Man 1987

    ★★ Watched 17 Apr, 2014

    If only Big Brother was like this it's be worth watching.

  • Enough Said 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 17 Apr, 2014 2

    A fairly ordinary premise made extraodinary by Dreyfus and Gandolfini. An Honest and distinguishable drama that not only makes you laugh with the characters when they're laughing but makes you hurt all the same.

  • Breaking the Waves 1996

    ★★★★★ Watched 16 Apr, 2014

    A profoundly intimate film of faith, love and tragedy. Emily Watson is stupefying as the 'good girl misunderstood' who is trying to please her ill husbands wishes and staying faithful to god.

    Lars von Trier isn't one of my favourite film makers, I find most of his work repugnant and un-accessible, yet in Breaking the Waves, he has delivered his most important and mature film I have seen of his.

    Not an enjoyable film, but an important and thought provoking one.

  • Nebraska 2013

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 16 Apr, 2014

    Meticulous in its simplicity and emotionally frail in its approach, Nebraska is Alexander Payne's masterpiece.

  • Calvary 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 15 Apr, 2014

    A genuinely thought provoking film. One that will have you asking your own questions of faith and humanity. Inspiring and tragic, McDonaugh delivers a masterful film, tapping in on a territory that has been littered throughout the media regarding the Catholic Church, but he does it with a gentile approach and some trepidation. Never making Gleeson's man of the cloth seem infallible or perfect, he gives him a backstory that of a man who has made mistakes but also tragedy…