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  • Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Oct, 2014 2

    The sexual politics underpinning Gone Girl are both fascinating and frightening, to both sexes, and pulsate at the very heart of David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's increasingly well known novel. He and Flynn, who also penned the screenplay, create something unexpected; a jet black river of satire, exploring and picking away not just very conceptual building blocks of marriage but also the deep rooted misogyny at the core of the male psyche, exposed through Ben Affleck's Nick Dunne, a…

  • Mission: Impossible 1996

    ★★★★ Rewatched 03 Sep, 2014

    It took three decades to bring Mission: Impossible, perhaps the most beloved piece of 1960's escapism US TV produced behind Star Trek, onto the big screen and to many, what Brian De Palma served up wasn't what they quite expected - including former stars Greg Morris, Martin Landau & Peter Graves, who turned down the chance to reprise his legendary role as Jim Phelps, head of the IMF (Impossible Mission Force), when he learned the tone of the adaptation. Where the…

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  • 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…

  • 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,…