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  • Singin' in the Rain 1952

    ★★★★ Rewatched 25 Jul, 2014

    The grand daddy of musicals! You can def see echoes of it in The Artist.

    I love Debbie Reynolds in this. And you know who's underrated here? Donald O Connor and Jean Hagen. Also I love the "director" in the microphone scene.

    Ah, let's face it, I love everyone in this. Top cast.

    And the dancing!

    I still have no idea what the heck is going on in the Broadway Melody bit though...or how they got the sexy green dress dance past the censors. Blimey.

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2014

    ★★½ Watched 23 Jul, 2014

    Didn't enjoy this film as much as the previous one (despite some excellent explosions) - possibly because unlike that film, which knew it wanted to be a prison break movie set in san fran and starring apes, this film didn't seem to know what kind of film it wanted to be at all.

    In fact, it reminded me quite a lot of Ice Age 4...first it was a re-imagining of a primitive society, then it was about a difficult father-child…

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  • Oblivion 2013

    ★★ Watched 11 Apr, 2013

    "I know you can be overwhelmed, and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be whelmed?"

    I wanted to be so much more impressed by and engaged with this film than I was. Honestly, rather than gasping at the supposed twists, I was gasping at the sudden and unexpected appearance of Jaime Lannister. That and the blatant Matrix plagiarising. Though the HAL-esque drones were good.

    Also, the ending...WHUT.

  • The Fault in Our Stars 2014

    ★★★ Watched 13 Jul, 2014

    A reasonable adaptation of the book with some great performances from Isaac AKA Nat Wolff (tragically underused though) and the dad AKA Sam Trammell, the latter bringing me the closest I got to tears in the whole film. Maybe I was all cried out from watching The Green Mile?

    Anyway, it's well-done, but it didn't blow me away. Also I thought Augustus was cockier here, but maybe I bleeped over that in the book.

    Shailene Woodley continues to impress, particularly with her ability to have a proper cry on demand.