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  • The Dark Knight Rises 2012

    ★★★ Watched 29 Jul, 2012

    I had really high hopes but this film left me feeling quite disappointed as Nolan went against all the good things he'd created in his first 2 Batman films. There are many too many plot points which are left unexplained and Batman's behaviour throughout is very un-Batman-like. This film falls too easily into the cliche of the blockbusters that Batman Begins distanced itself from and The Dark Knight raised the bar for. Too many of the twists were predictable and…

  • Moonrise Kingdom 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 08 Jun, 2012 1

    Much like Wes Anderson's other work, this film is full of style and witty throughout.
    The cinematography is noticeably great from the very start, full of well composed shots and smooth tracks and pans. This on top of the heavy 60s stylisation and wonderful colours.
    As always with Wes Anderson films, there's a great cast with great performances from big names like Edward Norton, Bruce Willis and Frances McDormand as well as regular Anderson collaborators Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray.…

  • The Master 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 30 Nov, 2012

    Even a day later I think this film hasn't fully sunken in. Paul Thomas Anderson specialises in big films, and this is definitely a big film. The pacing is well thought out and the intensity at times feels like it's going through the roof as the lead characters of Freddie and Lancaster repeatedly clash and reconcile as they both struggle with their own and each other's problems.
    I really loved the style of this film. Everything from the costume design…

  • Prometheus 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 01 Jul, 2012

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I went into this having heard many mixed reviews. I think many were expecting another film focused solely on the Aliens or to have all the questions answered in one go.
    Prometheus goes in a different direction however by showing the audience glimpses of the answers to their questions regarding Alien while at the same time asking bigger ones about our whole existence.
    It's an ambitious film that at times has a bit too much involved (the whole subplot about…

  • Blade Runner 1982

    ★★★ Watched 14 Jul, 2012

    I thought I was going to love this film as from what i'd read it sounded like something I would but I came away from it a bit disappointed. It has some great moments but they're surrounded by a masses of mediocrity in both the plot and the acting.
    I suppose it's a good watch but not a classic

  • 21 Jump Street 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 08 Aug, 2012

    Funnier than I expected. Reminiscent of the feel of Superbad as an observation on American teen high school culture while also having some great action set pieces too.
    Tatum and Hill work well off of each other creating some good laughs throughout. One of the better daft American comedies of the past few years

  • Shame 2011

    ★★★★★ Watched 30 Apr, 2012

    I’d read a lot of interviews with Steve McQueen without ever actually seeing any of his work, but I could always tell from the way he spoke about film, I’d most likely enjoy his stuff.

    I’m not sure if enjoy is the write word to use for Shame, maybe enthralled by. It’s one of the most brutally sad films i’ve seen in a while. I’ve seen lot’s of films with sad moments but with Shame you can’t help but feel…

  • The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou 2004

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Aug, 2012

    Quirky, stylish and beautiful. I felt it took a while to get going, but when it did it was worth the wait. The whole ensemble of characters weren't all as well written as those of The Royal Tenenbaums, but this was a far more 'cool' film where the great acting is mainly needed from Murray and the rest is down to sleek composition and a wonderful soundtrack of Bowie songs in Portuguese. As I say, a cool film

  • Contagion 2011

    ★★★½ Watched 08 Jun, 2012

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    A film that's as big in scale as the virus at the centre of it's story. The only problem with films this big is that they have a tendency to be spread fairly thin. Contagion has a fantastic cast but for some there's very little screen time.
    It's somewhat ironic that Kate Winslet features on the promo poster yet her character is killed off halfway through, while Gwyneth Paltrow is pretty much just in the opening sequence, with brief flashbacks…

  • Hanna 2011

    ★★★ Watched 09 Aug, 2012

    Very stylistic and a great performance by Ronan but this film never really feels gripping. The plot is very run of the mill so there's nothing new to engage the viewer except for some very thought out action sequences and as mentioned before, Ronan's solid acting.
    Joe Wright has described some of his shots in the past as 'showing off' though they tended to feel in context and weren't there for the sake of it, though Hanna is full if…

  • Carnage 2011

    ★★★★ Watched 23 Jun, 2012

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    It's easy to see this is adapted from a play with it's minimalistic concept of 4 characters in heavy conversation in 1 location.
    With pieces that're heavy on dialogue it's very easy to end up leaving it dry and dull, like The Social Network. With this however, it drives the film along and creates a gripping effect. The 4 characters are all very individual and their beliefs crossover and meander into each others allowing them to join and switch sides…

  • Hunger 2008

    ★★★½ Watched 26 Jun, 2012

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This is strange to watch after seeing Shame as this film feels much more raw with it's elements not quite as fine tuned as McQueen manages with Shame.
    A lot of the drawn out uneasy shots which made Shame so compelling are present here but the desired effect isn't as fully achieved.
    It's still a really good film despite all of that, with a stellar performance from Fassbender which seems to be the norm these days and my only other…