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  • Interstellar 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 07 Nov, 2014

    Cinema rarely has the true power to enthral or evoke wonder anymore in these days of production line sequels and repetitive guff... and then you get Interstellar, which reminds you of what cinema is meant to do. Christopher Nolan's first picture after completing his Batman saga would be the magnum opus of many directors careers, yet you leave this experience feeling like this is just the beginning for an artist who perhaps is too beholden to certain classic inspirations to…

  • Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Oct, 2014 2

    The sexual politics underpinning Gone Girl are both fascinating and frightening, to both sexes, and pulsate at the very heart of David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's increasingly well known novel. He and Flynn, who also penned the screenplay, create something unexpected; a jet black river of satire, exploring and picking away not just very conceptual building blocks of marriage but also the deep rooted misogyny at the core of the male psyche, exposed through Ben Affleck's Nick Dunne, a…

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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 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,…