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  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 1999

    ★★ Watched 17 Nov, 2015

    Having not seen this since I was pretty young, it almost felt like I was watching it for the first time, so I've made a list of some of the pros and cons as seen with fresh eyes.

    - Padmé's costumes
    - Darth Maul
    - Those cool underwater breathing devices

    - Trade embargoes
    - Gungans
    - Ewan McGregor's Rat Tail
    - Casual Racism
    - Darth Vader's Immaculate Fucking Conception???

  • The Martian

    The Martian 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 10 Oct, 2015

    It should perhaps seem surprising to see so many great comic actors (Wiig, Daniels, Glover, Pena) in what is ostensibly a film about one man's fight for survival in a desolate landscape. But what you quickly realise is the film is less Gravity, more Guardians of the Galaxy, but with added science, even throwing in a David Bowie song for good measure. It will have you laughing and gripping your seat in equal measure, plus has Sean Bean delivering the best meta moment in cinema this year.

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 17 Jan, 2015

    Between this and Birdman, 2015 is shaping up to be a good year for jazzy drums in cinema.

  • The Stag

    The Stag 2013

    Watched 01 Jan, 2015

    What sounds like an entertaining, if uninspired, proposition (An Irish version of The Hangover), turns out to be nothing short of an utter shambles of a film, with some of the most contrived dialogue I've ever heard and a closing monologue which was so patronising and shoe-horned in it had us literally screaming at the TV. The film's tagline, "Mistakes Were Made", turned out to be something of an understatement.