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  • Nebraska 2013

    ★★★ Watched 21 Jan, 2015

    It's beautifully shot and the gentle humour amusing but the story is slight and in truth it's all a bit uneventful and dare I say, boring. I'd rather have watched The Straight Story again.

  • Rififi 1955

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Jan, 2015

    A bit predictable (due to being oft imitated) but it contains the quintessential heist sequence.

    ps. couldn't help but notice the distinct lack of child car safety!

  • The Tale of Zatoichi 1962

    ★★★½ Watched 19 Jan, 2015

    Not a lot of action but Shintaro Katsu is a captivating watch. Would have liked more scenes between him and Shigeru Amachi.

  • Blue Ruin 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 18 Jan, 2015

    Saulnier's visual storytelling and wonderful cinematography, along with a superb, soul-destroyed, ordinary man, performance from Macon Blair, elevates this relatively simple tale of revenge. Theres minimal dialogue, so, its highly dependant on Blair's expressive and emotive performance; the eyes being the window to the soul was never more true. Its extremely tense throughout and quite unpredictable (thanks, in part, to the barest of backstory), and when violence does occur, its sharp and brutal. I admit to wincing a number of times!

  • The Drop 2014

    ★★★ Watched 02 Jan, 2015

    A decent, if, unspectacular, story that simmers throughout but never really comes to the boil. Hardy is a fine watch, as always, and theres nice turns from Schoenaerts and Gandolfini in his final role.

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014

    Watched 30 Dec, 2014

    Eurgh. Where to start...

    I'll be kind and start with the good -

    Spidey swinging through the city
    De Haan was really good as Harry Osborn
    The final scenes

    Now, the bad -

    Awful script and dialogue
    Overblown and overlong
    Rubbish, 'Schumacher-ised', villains - Electro dweeb, comedic grunting Rhino and Troll-y Goblin
    The bouncing rap music guff for Electro
    Special mention for the woeful evil german scientist straight out of 'Allo 'Allo

    Feck, i can't be arsed...

    it was a steaming pile of Rhino poo!

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 30 Nov, 2014

    I wasn't enamoured with the first film so this definitely surprised me; i didn't expect a rather dark political thriller. Right from the start we're thrown into the action, theres very little padding and the story moves along at quite a brisk pace. It actually feels more like Avengers 1.5 rather than a Captain America film due to the amount of screen time devoted to supporting characters, but i wasn't complaining as it was très entertainin'!

  • Thor: The Dark World 2013

    ★★ Watched 28 Nov, 2014

    Hiddleston great. Hemsworth good. Portman lifeless. Dennings godawful. Eccleston tries his best through a face caked in makeup but his villain is possibly the most bland, motivationless villain ever.

    Even through my cold addled state there was little enjoyment to be had. 2hrs of meh!

    Stan Lee's cameo was about the highlight of it all.

  • Edge of Tomorrow 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 26 Nov, 2014

    A satisfying, fun-filled, sci-fi actioneer with healthy dollops of humour (mainly provided by the entertaining deaths of Cruise). As many have mentioned, it bares comparison to Source Code and Starship Troopers, but, really, its a video game shooter brought to the big screen. With Cruise having to replay until he gets good enough to bring down the big bad. Unfortunately though, the ending lets it down a bit. The straightforward, generic, Hollywood ending is made even more disappointing upon discovering the end of the original manga.

  • Nightcrawler 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 22 Nov, 2014

    A story about the distortion of the american dream and a satire on sensationalist journalism, Dan Gilroy's debut feature is captivating from the outset and hands down the best film i've seen this year.

    Gyllenhaal's performance as the creepy, bug-eyed, sociopath, Lou Bloom (with a touch of Bale's Bateman) is a revelation; he completely embodies the character. Russo as the newsroom exec and Ahmed as Bloom's employee play the immoral / moral roles and produce fine performances but its Gyllenhaal…

  • Interstellar 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Nov, 2014

    With Interstellar, Nolan strives for a similar profoundness to that found in 2001: A Space Odyssey but he doesn't quite achieve the level of Kubrick's masterpiece; his reach does extend his grasp somewhat.

    It has a fairly hefty runtime yet the film still feels a little rushed throughout. Its a bit disjointed with cuts through to certain scenes, such as, the shift from earth to space. I can understand this to a certain extent due to its already lengthy runtime…

  • The Wolf Man 1941

    ★★★★ Watched 30 Oct, 2014

    Its not particularly scary and to be honest theres not a lot of wolf action (some of it is hidden behind trees!) but the performances and the wonderful, creepy, set design and atmosphere enhance the really, quite tragic story.

    Btw, Lon Chaney Jr as Claude Rain's son? His mother must have been some size, he certainly didn't take after his father!