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  • Rocky IV

    Rocky IV 1985

    ★★★ Watched 24 May, 2015 3

    If there's a slice of cinema that better typifies both the melodramatic excess of the 1980's or Hollywood's approach to the politics of the age than Rocky IV, then good luck finding it. Sylvester Stallone, after three movies taking his steroidal hero Rocky Balboa from underdog to champion, and back and up again, decides to blow the roof off the hatch and establishes Rocky as more than just a man, rather a symbol of America itself; it was the last…

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey 1968

    ★★★★★ Watched 22 May, 2015 6

    It begins with nothing. A long, drawn out vision of blackness, as a haunting elegy of sound plays. The Dawn of Man approaches, a twenty minute or so beginning not just of Stanley Kubrick's magnum opus, but indeed a circle that will form and close by the time 2001: A Space Odyssey draws to a close. We may know those are men in ape costumes but that doesn't prevent us appreciating what Kubrick is doing, saying, in a motion picture…

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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…