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  • The Jungle Book

    The Jungle Book 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 14 Apr, 2016

    A few months back, you would have caught me kicking up a fuss (again) about how movies just aren't what they used to be, from the perspective of that wide-eyed child we all once were. I was referring to Star Wars at the time as The Force Awakens hit our screens. Here too, the threat of failure because of not living up to the expectation of an experience previously less demanding stands, waiting to bury Disney's latest live action effort,…

  • The Martian

    The Martian 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 27 Sep, 2015 2

    "Mr Scott, we have these spacesuits left over from Prometheus. Want me to toss them? Also, whilst we're on the subject, we paid for a good extra five minutes of "alien planet storm" last time, what shall we do with that?"

    So The Martian was the project Ridley Scott decided he would undertake before Prometheus 2. Eyebrows were raised at the time and despite Prometheus being the only film I watched three times in the cinema on its year of…

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  • American Beauty

    American Beauty 1999

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 29 Jul, 2012

    I was hooked by the time the opening narration from Lester Burnham was over. As the camera tracks down the street where Joe Anybody lives in the comfortable, safe, predictable burbs of white, middle class America, we learn that this is the last year of Lester's life and from beyond the grave, he is going to tell you what he's learnt about just what life should really be about. Too late for Lester, but not for us.

    American Beauty simply…

  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 08 Jan, 2013

    At some point, and I'm not sure exactly where, Tarantino lost his cool. It was hard to spot because it wasn't for long, but by the time Basterds came along after Deathproof had been and gone, it was a blessed relief, if not an actual proper return to form. Christoph Waltz was a gem of a find there and here too, Tarantino wisely utilises him as fully as he should.

    A revenge/rescue tale told in the way only Tarantino really…