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  • Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi 1983

    ★★★½ Watched 24 Jul, 2014

    Some dodgier moments in this one (what was with that horrible CGI extra song at Jaba's place?) and some characters that I didn't think fitted in too well with the franchise. It's definitely the weakest in the trilogy but it's still a decent sequel.

  • Marley & Me 2008

    ★★½ Watched 23 Jul, 2014

    I've never been appealed by this film, but it was on. The story was really weak, the relationship lacked any development, and everything was rushed over just to see the dog get older. But then it was quite sad.

  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning 2006

    ★½ Watched 23 Jul, 2014 1

    A story about how a psychotic murderer is nurtured and led to become the legendary Chainsaw killer we all know from the many, many horror films already made about him - this should be haunting, disturbing and psychological. But it's a repeat of a film we've seen too many times before, with the addition of a few small pieces of background information into the franchise as a whole. It's sickening rather than scary, and too cynical for it to be gorey fun.

  • 300: Rise of an Empire 2014

    ★★ Watched 21 Jul, 2014

    Some interesting background stories to add to the original film, but I wish they were only briefly mentioned in the film's predecessor instead of being dragged out for what seems to be a pathetic attempt at a remake. 300 is known for it's gore and style, but all that is carried through to this film is the use of gallons of blood spattering everywhere. But it's too much, with the screen being constantly covered in read smudges, and it doesn't…

  • The First Wives Club 1996

    ★★★ Watched 21 Jul, 2014

    I thought this was going to be another poor comedy that we see Diane Keaton in too often these days, but being filmed in the 90s gives the premise a better edge, sense of originality, and the cast are perfect together. I even enjoyed the little dance number at the end.

  • Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back 1980

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Jul, 2014 3

    I'm enjoying the Star Wars franchise a lot more than I thought I would be, mostly because of a young Harrison Ford. But I wouldn't class this as The Best Film of All Time, as I have often read. It's enjoyable though and some classic film moments.

  • Escape from the Planet of the Apes 1971

    ★★★½ Watched 19 Jul, 2014

    A great way to carry on the franchise and gets even more interesting when it takes a dark turn. Kira and Cornelius are a lot of fun in the beginning, and then we get to the serious stuff. I'm so eager to see more of their world though, and see how it came into place.

  • Beneath the Planet of the Apes 1970

    ★★★½ Watched 19 Jul, 2014

    In terms of story line, there is only a small part of the film that adds anything new. Beginning again with a new character, we have to wait for him to figure out where he is and what the apes are doing. After that, it gets a little creepy and ultra sonic sounds give you a bit of earache. But you learn something new, and it's a great place to end for the next film. Still, I wish we spent more time with the apes and in their world.

  • Begin Again 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 17 Jul, 2014 1

    From the director of one of my favourite films, Once, and with the film’s lead star and performer Glen Hansard contributing as one of the songwriters, Begin Again quickly became one of my most anticipated films of this year.

    A good soundtrack can make all the difference in a film; a familiar song in a trailer can pique your interest, a great collections of songs used throughout can help you relate better to the film on a whole, but when…

  • Ben-Hur 1959

    ★★★½ Watched 18 Jul, 2014

    An epic tale, a timeless quality, 11 Oscars - it's certainly worth watching. It's just not my kind of film, especially at 212 minutes long. But the chariot racing scene is definitely the best.

  • Devil's Knot 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Jun, 2014

    Based on a real life case, Devil’s Knot tells a haunting story and Egoyan doesn’t shy away from showing the distressing nature of the story in full effect. With three small, naked, and lifeless bodies being dragged from a river quite early on in the film, it’s hard to detach yourself from the story after that.

    Parts of the story do feel slightly rushed and not fully detailed, but that’s the trouble with trying to fit such a huge case…

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Mar, 2014

    I need to watch this again because as time goes on it gets lower and lower in my Top 20 Films of 2014, as my opinion seems to be dropping somewhat on a daily basis. At the time of watching it, however, I remember thinking that Ralph Fiennes was hilarious and that Wes Anderson's film-making charm shines throughout, but it's not one of my favourite films of his.