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  • Million Dollar Baby 2004

    ★★★★ Watched 02 Mar, 2015

    Oh gosh, this is really saaaaaaad. Good film though, and probably my favourite boxing movie so far.

    Special mention to Hilary Swank's accent.

  • The Third Man 1949

    ★★★★ Watched 01 Mar, 2015

    So, so good. Amusing to follow up Shadow of a Doubt with this film where Joseph Cotten now plays a good guy trying to hunt down a murderer...or is he?

    Excellent performances from the whole cast, particularly liked the British major-and-sergeant double act (especially the sergeant, who happens to be a big fan of Cotten's character's novels).

    (Welles of course is perfectly cast as the charming conman)

    Special mention to post-war Vienna, particularly the big wheel.

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  • Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 23 Feb, 2015

    Oh man oh man. As a one time musician, I loved this film. Just to hear the soundtrack and to see the instruments would have been enough.

    Add JK Simmons playing a psychotic band leader (Best Supporting Actor richly deserved), Miles Teller playing his heart out (literally???) and the New York setting and what we have is a hit that's all killer no filler.

    Two thumbs way way up.

  • Interstellar 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 05 Nov, 2014

    Much awesome visuals. Many time travel. Wow.

    (I am prepared to overlook the problems I had with the plot and the characterisation because (a) Hans Zimmer, (b) the robots and (c) that water planet was mm mm terrifying. Good job, CGI dudes and dudettes)