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  • The Purge: Election Year

    The Purge: Election Year 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 25 Aug, 2016

    Ever since becoming a break out home invasion horror hit with its first film, The Purge franchise has billowed outwards under writer-director James DeMonaco to dig deeper into the central socio-political concept underpinning the gory, torture-porn stylistics on the surface, namely the idea that America has 'lost its soul' as many characters in the third sequel, Election Year, state, and has succumbed via the annual purge to its basest, vilest instincts. In a year when the world of politics seems…

  • Mechanic: Resurrection

    Mechanic: Resurrection 2016

    ★★ Watched 26 Aug, 2016

    So you remember The Mechanic right? Jason Statham's 2011 remake of the 1970's Charles Bronson thriller? No? Here's a funny story - nobody else does either. Of all the recent new beginnings of stalled movie franchises, this has to be the most baffling. Did anyone even watch The Mechanic in the first place? You know what you're getting with The Stath but even for his enjoyably thick-headed talents, it was lower tier action fodder, mainly because it was just so…

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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…