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  • A Clockwork Orange 1971

    ★★★★★ Watched 23 Apr, 2014 2

    The singular power of A Clockwork Orange is that it remains, to this day, as disturbing, unique and utterly bizarre a work as we've had in over forty years, and indeed before. Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of Anthony Burgess' seminal novel is a truly distinctive expression of a dystopian future where law & order are in question, ultra-violence reigns and the state actively seek to condition away immorality and 'badness', using Malcolm McDowell's gang leader Alex as their tool. He's Kubrick's tool…

  • About Schmidt 2002

    ★★★★ Watched 23 Apr, 2014 4

    The great thing going for About Schmidt is the fact on paper you might imagine Jack Nicholson, a larger than life Hollywood figure known for exuberant, brash, dangerous characters, has been totally miscast by Alexander Payne as the eponymous Schmidt, and yet if anything within a matter of minutes you realise he's tailor made for this uncharacteristic role, which may even be one of his greatest performances - for which he was indeed Oscar nominated, and perhaps should have won.…

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  • 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,…

  • 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…