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  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Jul, 2014 4

    After a remake it's best we don't talk about, the Planet of the Apes franchise was given a strong rebirth with Rise of the Planet of the Apes a few years ago, which breathed new life into a saga ripe for rediscovery, tethering to the celebrated 1968 original by charting the story of how said apes came to be the dominant species on the planet. Matt Reeves takes the helm as said narrative evolves into Dawn of the Planet of…

  • Full Metal Jacket 1987

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Jun, 2014 4

    From the opening shot of Full Metal Jacket, you realise Stanley Kubrick's penultimate film is destined to be slightly twisted. The sight of several dozen incumbent US Marines having their hair almost ritualistically shaved off to the jaunty country tune of 'Hello Vietnam' instantly sets the tone for what Kubrick delivers here, adapted loosely from the novel The Short-Timers by Gustav Hasford, a film almost a decade in the making and a lasting treatise on the dehumanisation, psychological victimisation, and…

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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 11

    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,…