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  • Minions

    Minions 2015

    ★★ Watched 08 Jan, 2016

    As the icing on the cake of the hugely successful "Despicable Me" movies, the Minions were in many ways the real stars of the show, providing standout moments of ingenious slapstick and wonderfully endearing comedy.

    But unlike its Despicable predecessors this prequel, in which the little yellow goofballs take center stage, is sugary sweet but hollow. Children will find it a frequently hysterical romp, packed with explosions, pratfalls and even a smidgen of a history lesson. The Minions, it transpires,…

  • Where Eagles Dare

    Where Eagles Dare 1968

    ★★★★ Rewatched 23 Jan, 2016

    For the better part of three decades following the end of World War II was staple fare for virtually every major British and American studio, plundering every important event (and many minor ones too) of the war in order to spin outrageous yarns that often had little to do with the actual events. Some of them are so bad that they become unintentionally funny, running the full gauntlet from sanctimonious drivel to idiotic shoot-'em-ups that want nothing more than to…

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  • World War Z

    World War Z 2013

    ★★★ Watched 30 Jun, 2013

    WORLD WAR Z isn't so much scary as it is a big, epic-sized action-adventure zombie spectacle with some strikingly good, super-fluid CG compositions. It’s basically a globe-sprawling, much more expensive 28 DAYS LATER with a scruffy, broad-shouldered movie star running around attempting to solve the riddle. The zombies are like termites or locusts, a plague of biblical proportions. Plus I can't help to think that the film would have played better with a R rating. Basically an OK time at the movies.

  • Verboten!

    Verboten! 1959

    ★★★ Added

    Dramatically terse and unsubtle, even by writer/director Samuel Fuller's standards, "Verboten!," one of his least-known films, explores the panorama of Germany Year Zero and wields the usual pressurized melodrama with a social and historical conscience-raising purpose that was Fuller's specialty. The film displays his strengths and weaknesses as a director. Made on a low budget, full of odd casting choices, curtailed ideas and fragmented story arcs, it still delivers with a force and clarity of intelligence the desired impact few…