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  • Independence Day: Resurgence

    Independence Day: Resurgence 2016

    ★★½ Watched 23 Jun, 2016

    Twenty years. Twenty years since Independence Day. You can scarcely believe it's been that long since Roland Emmerich, alongside writing/producing partner Dean Devlin, delivered one of the defining movies of the 1990's - a big, bold blockbuster filled with cheesy punch the air bombast, pro-American sentiment, and a blend of huge Hollywood stars with great character actors. Over the last two decades, many rumours have come and gone about a sequel to such a beloved behemoth, and it reached a…

  • Independence Day

    Independence Day 1996

    ★★★★ Rewatched 19 Jun, 2016

    Remember when Independence Day came out? 1996. The age of the big, bombastic blockbuster. We'd moved away from the need for a tentpole movie star in the 80's as technology allowed us to embrace concepts. Dinosaurs. Volcanoes. Asteroids threatening the Earth. Alien invasion was one of the biggest, with The X-Files at the peak of its zeitgeist, and a year before Men in Black truly capitalised on that fervour, Roland Emmerich & Dean Devlin got there first with their big budget,…

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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 08 Mar, 2014 12

    For many years, Wes Anderson has been celebrated as an offbeat American auteur, with a narrative and visual style all his own - a colourful, melancholic whimsy riven with a biting, black comedic undercurrent. At times it's worked well, others it misses the mark, but with The Grand Budapest Hotel he has created something truly wonderful. Inspired by the writings of Stefan Zweig, Anderson's film is light, fun, thoughtful, cheeky, rude, farcical and emotional all in one rip roaring stew,…

  • The Avengers

    The Avengers 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 27 Apr, 2012 6

    Up until now, I never truly understood all the fuss about Joss Whedon. I never related to Buffy, never got into Firefly or Dollhouse, and while I enjoyed Serenity I didn't worship it like some. But at long last, Whedon has delivered a piece of work that blew me away, one I truly believe will swiftly enter the pantheon of classic action-adventure movies. The Avengers is not only far and away the best of Marvel's (mostly impressive) movie staple, it's…