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  • Birdman 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 18 Dec, 2014

    There is an odd sense of irony here now that Birdman is garnering all of this critical and award-show attention. Keaton, a somewhat washed up ex-superhero star has managed to rekindle his career through an over-ambitious passion project. It’s a little bit like a self-fulfilling prophecy. You’ve got to revel in that at least a little. Still, this film is a very impressive piece of filmmaking. Iñárritu has crafted together a wonderfully paced and engaging film which all appears to…

  • Taken 3 2015

    Watched 14 Jan, 2015

    I’m just going to go ahead and say it. Taken 3 is an awful film. It manages to toe the line between two types of awful films, the ‘so bad it’s good’ and the ‘so bad it’s a bore’ categories. The first can be forgiven; you can enjoy schlock that is so bad it makes you laugh. At least then you get some kind of joy, some entertainment out of your viewing experience. The latter category is unforgivable. No one…

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  • Nightcrawler 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 25 Nov, 2014

    This is one of the most intense and enthralling character pieces I have seen on film. The film has it's flaws, that's to be sure. Some have argued that the score is a let down and I personally feel that the side-characters, in particular Riz Ahmed's Rick, were a little under-drawn. The love and attention of this film is clearly and definitely focused on the character of Louis Bloom, portrayed through a phenomenal performance by Jake Gyllenhaal.

    Louis Bloom is…

  • Kingsman: The Secret Service 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 17 Dec, 2014

    Matthew Vaughn has gone on record recently stating that audiences are sick of the ‘grim’ and ‘dark’ Christopher Nolan style comic book films. You only need to look at this man’s record to see that he definitely practices what he preaches. Boasting a filmography including Stardust, Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class it’s very clear that Vaughn tends towards the bright, colourful and fun side of the comic book spectrum. In his latest work, Vaughn has developed another comic book property…