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  • The Deep 1977

    ★★★½ Watched 28 Sep, 2014

    Thoroughly bizarre!

  • Sharknado 2013

    ★½ Watched 31 Jul, 2014

    So bad it's… just… yeah, not very good really.

  • King Kong vs. Godzilla 1962

    ★★★½ Watched 21 May, 2014

    Nowhere near as well crafted as the 1954 original, with none of the emotional heft, but much more entertaining. Bonus points for having a man in a Kong suit fight a live octopus. ‘Suitmation’ at its comedic finest!

  • A Fistful of Dollars 1964

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 28 Jan, 2014

    This film (and the rest of the dollars trilogy) is the reason I spent much of my childhood in a poncho squinting like Clint Eastwood.

  • Short Circuit 2 1988

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 07 Jul, 2013

    "Collecting mucho input. Urban input!"

  • Short Circuit 1986

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 07 Jul, 2013

    "No disassemble!"

    I loved this film when I was younger and it still holds up as one of my faves. Number 5 is alive!

  • Hero 2002

    ★★★½ Rewatched 24 May, 2013

    I've seen this film a couple of times before and loved it, though tonight's viewing was the first time Hero's colourful art direction and over-the-top wuxia action has started to read as cheap gimmickry. Despite its lessened impact, I was still dazzled by the fantastic cast and enjoyed its intriguing, story-within-a-story narrative. I'd recommend this to fans looking for the likes of Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung and Donnie Yen (all of which are brilliant in this), though if you're not…

  • Encino Man 1992

    ★★★ Rewatched 24 May, 2013

    This film is such a guilty pleasure for me. If you want to know what the early 90s were like, just watch this.

  • The Song of Sparrows 2008

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Mar, 2013

    Despite watching this on German TV with no subtitles to help me, this story of an Iranian man (an ostrich rancher no less) struggling to support his family through abject poverty was a tale that easily crossed language barriers. The lead performance from the father (forgive me for not hearing his name) was truly captivating and some of the cinematography was excellent. I'll certainly have to find this again as I could sense it was a film that deserves to be watched under better circumstances.

  • Surf's Up 2007

    ★★★ Watched 17 Mar, 2013 1

    As you can see from the poster, it’s an animated film about surfing penguins. The best thing about this was Jeff Bridges as a washed-up, ex-pro surfer–penguin and the mockumentary style it was animated in, which intercuts voice-overs and interviews with the actual story. Surfers are likely to get a kick out of it, with a couple of characters and cameos based on various pros. Other than that, it was all fairly expected with some hit-and-miss family comedy and optimistic themes of love and friendship etc. Pretty harmless when you’re looking for something to eat in front of on a Sunday evening.

  • Accepted 2006

    ★★½ Watched 16 Mar, 2013

    Accepted is a dumb movie for dumb people but that was ok, because for once I wanted to watch something with my brain switched off. It’s a college movie about a guy (Barnaby something played by Justin Long) who gets rejected from college, so he and his friends decide to start their own. This premise essentially sets up an hour and a half of goofy college humour with the only minor conflict appearing late in the third act when the…

  • Ruby Sparks 2012

    ★★★ Watched 15 Mar, 2013

    When a successful writer suffering from creative block, Calvin Weir-Fields (Paul Dano), is told by his therapist to write about someone who likes his dog, he dreams about a chance encounter with a girl called Ruby Sparks. This new-found muse inspires him to write for the first time since his international best-seller 10 years earlier and he finds himself falling uncontrollably in love with this figment of his imagination. When she suddenly appears in his apartment—manifested as a real woman…