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  • Selma 2014

    ★★★ Watched 14 Feb, 2015

    Martin Luther King is at the forefront of Selma but it doesn't focus solely on his story, its an ensemble piece reconstructing the events in the town of Selma, Alabama. As such, it has quite a wide scope, which means we don't really get to the heart of any character and none of their stories entirely satisfy.

    The main problems i had though lay squarely with the directorial choices, which took me right out of the picture. The overblown, overwhelming…

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★ Watched 30 Jan, 2015

    I have to admit, i do admire and appreciate Anderson's aesthetic but, other than The Royal Tenenbaums, i've unfortunately never been much enamoured with his work.

    I was actually looking forward to watching Grand Budapest though, thanks to all the positive reviews and Oscar buzz. However, despite quite enjoying the start and Fiennes' performance, its all just more of Anderson's mildly amusing whimsy, with no meat on its bones. As the story progressed my chuckles receded and my disaffection grew further; i just found it hard to care about any of it.

    I think Mr Anderson's pictures are, alas, perhaps not for me.

  • Primer 2004

    ★★★ Watched 27 Jan, 2015

    Was going fine until the last 15 mins or so, then...

    hummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...

    I think i need to read up on this!

  • Aguirre: The Wrath of God 1972

    ★★★★ Watched 26 Jan, 2015

    A spiralling descent into darkness and the indisputable power of nature were foremost in my thoughts for this review but to be honest i spent most of the film thinking, f'in hell, Herzog actually made them do that!

  • Drug War 2013

    ★★★ Watched 22 Jan, 2015

    Its a little confusing at the start as you're thrown right in to the story but it soon becomes clear. Its fun, fast-paced, entertaining fare but its pace i found to be its detriment. I wanted to spend some time with the characters but theres little investment in them, so the ending turns into a 'meh, who cares'.

    ps. Hong-Lei is a revelation as the police captain.

  • 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 2013

    ★★★★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'!