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  • Thor

    Thor 2011

    ★★★ Rewatched 27 Mar, 2015

    Second viewing.

    In an age where Marvel now seem to mix it up and roll the dice with every successive property in their cinematic franchise, it's easy to forget that Kenneth Branagh's Thor was the first Marvel film in their connected universe to really push into new territory, explore a fresh and potentially risky angle for what was ostensibly a superhero franchise to edge into. By opening up the narrative to include the alien world of Asgard, the Nine Realms…

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 23 Apr, 2015 10

    When Avengers Assemble, or The Avengers, or whatever its denomination where you are, broke in 2012 it wasn’t just a film, it was the beginning of a phenomenon that for better or worse has come to dominate Hollywood and global cinema: the cinematic franchise. Marvel have exploited this to the hilt over the ensuing three years, while every single property under the sun from DC Comics to Star Wars, to even Ghostbusters getting in on the act, have blazed the…

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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…