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  • 9 2009

    ★★★ Watched 25 Jan, 2015

    Beginning life as a short animated feature, so admired by Tim Burton that he offered to co-produce, with Timur Bekhambetov, a full length work, Shane Acker's 9 (not to be confused with Rob Marshall's musical number released the same year) is very much an example of how not everything that starts small should be rendered on a bigger canvas. It took him half a decade to create the original short, revolving around the eponymous 9, a humunculus-type doll imbued with…

  • Clockwise 1986

    ★★★½ Rewatched 24 Jan, 2015

    One of the earliest films in the mid-1980's that I remember as a young child, perhaps due to my mother's enjoyment of Fawlty Towers, consider my surprise upon recently discovering part of Clockwise was filmed in local West Bromwich in the West Midlands, at a school indeed several of my closest friends until recently worked at - small world! In many ways, John Cleese's turn here as uptight, fraught secondary school headmaster Brian Stimpson is the closest we'll ever get…

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  • 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 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…