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  • Transcendence 2014

    ★★ Watched 18 Apr, 2014 8

    Here's a challenge for you: name the amount of successful directors who started out as celebrated cinematographers. Tricky one isn't it? The list is not a long one. Talent supporting the man or woman pulling the strings doesn't automatically translate as being *able* to pull those strings well, and it would be hard to find a more recent, more high profile example of this than Transcendence. From the pen of Jack Paglen & the lens of Wally Pfister, known as a…

  • Gangs of New York 2002

    ★★★½ Watched 17 Apr, 2014 2

    As presented by the custodian of New York based moviemaking, Martin Scorsese, Gangs of New York is a frequently fascinating look into a hitherto under realised period of the city's traumatic history, and that of America itself in general. Set between the 1840's-60's, Scorsese's film depicts the battle to establish democracy in what would become the Big Apple, writ small as something of a microcosm for the burgeoning United States in general, through the prism of a violent gang culture…

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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 8

    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,…