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  • Breadcrumb Trail 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 27 Mar, 2014

    Bangs' Breadcrumb Trail is an interesting insight into the formation of Slint and the creation of Spiderland but theres nothing particularly revelatory unearthed. As my fellow reviewer, Mr McDara Conroy, noted, Bangs docu shows there really was no mystery behind it all. It was just a bunch of friends who enjoyed playing together, driven by the creative genius of Britt Walford.

  • Dallas Buyers Club 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Mar, 2014

    McConaughey's performance is the reason why there's four little stars attached. Leto is good but his character is thinly sketched and Garner just seems out of place.

  • The Wolf of Wall Street 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 08 Feb, 2014

    A film about despicable people thats lude-icrously entertaining; the 3hrs flew by! DiCaprio gives the performance of his career and is wonderfully supported by a 'teethy' Hill and the gorgeous Robbie. The moralising is mostly left to the viewer, however, Belfort maybe comes across a little sympathetic by the end. The train scene, in particular, left me rather uncomfortable, even though open to interpretation, it seemed to lean towards Belfort's favour.

  • Gravity 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 02 Feb, 2014

    Theres little substance and the inane chattering 'tween Clooney and Bullock (especially when shes meant to be conserving oxygen) gets yer goat, but its an entertaining thrill of a ride thats a feast for the eyes.

  • Witchfinder General 1968

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Jan, 2014

    'A bit grim' would be an understatement, especially with regards to the ending.

  • American Hustle 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 03 Jan, 2014

    The Scorsese influence is plain to see but its very much it's own beast. Initially i was expecting it to be quite a serious affair, so it was a surprise there were so many comedic moments. The cast and the acting are so good its hard to pick someone in particular as a standout, though Bale's toupé and Adam's continuous cleavage give them the slight edge over Cooper's rollers and Lawrence's 'Live and Let Die'. Special mention for Louis CK (and the ice fishing story), the make-up department and the 70s-tastic soundtrack.

  • Dracula 1931

    ★★★ Watched 07 Sep, 2013

    Great cinematography and beautifully painted backdrops with a memorable (and oft-copied) performance from Bela Lugosi as Dracula, but apart from Dwight Frye as Renfield the rest of the cast don't leave much of an impression. Its all reasonably entertaining but its lacking a bit of action and is rather simplistic for a modern audience.

  • Behind the Candelabra 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 06 Sep, 2013

    The story itself is a bit creepy (even moreso if you know Thorson was 16 when they first met!) but it isn't overly surprising, its pretty much what you'd expect from a Liberace biopic. Its the cast though that really makes Candelabra shine. Michael Douglas is just perfection as Liberace (he deserves every award going) and hes ably supported by Matt Damon. Theres a great supporting cast too, Bakula, Aykroyd and in particular, a scene stealingingly funny Rob Lowe, as the plastic surgeon whos had an operation (or 50!) too many.

  • Pain & Gain 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 05 Sep, 2013

    Based on a true story. Almost as unbelievable as the fact that Michael Bay has delivered a good film! A satirical dark comedy about three of the dumbest idiots you're ever likely to see.

  • Total Recall 2012

    ★★ Watched 04 Sep, 2013

    95% chase scenes and 5% dialogue encased in a tomb of lens flare.

  • Olympus Has Fallen 2013

    ★★ Watched 02 Sep, 2013

    My thoughts after watching Olympus Has Fallen - clichéd, derivative, bland, predictable, stupid, great cast wasted, some good cheesy one liners, some nice 80s old school (re: violent, overblown) action... and, finally... that was pretty shite!

  • The Hustler 1961

    ★★★★ Watched 31 Aug, 2013

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