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  • Jurassic World

    Jurassic World 2015

    ★★★ Watched 25 Oct, 2015

    Admittedly, it's hard to rate Jurassic World on it's own terms, as the shadow of the original looms over it like an Argentinosaurus. Though it certainly doesn't help itself by frequently crossing from homage to imitation, it's thankfully not the Indominus Rex nightmare first imagined. As long as the brain is disengaged beforehand, it's solid, entertaining, popcorn fare.

  • Sicario

    Sicario 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Oct, 2015 3

    Similar to Villeneuve's recent work, Sicario is heavy on atmosphere. From its stunning start, it hangs like a dark cloud laden with fear and dread; a dark, brooding tale that's as tense as all hell. Blunt, who acts as the audience's surrogate, is impressive, but its Del Toro's subtle, emotionally scarred performance that propels it to the next level. Along with Deakins wonderful cinematography and Johannsson's ominous soundtrack that enhance the overall experience. However, it falls just short of perfection regards its plot and a diversion from realism during a particularly Jack Bauer-esque moment.

  • High Noon

    High Noon 1952

    ★★★★½ Watched 16 Oct, 2015

    High Noon isn't your usual western experience, in fact, it could easily not have been a western at all. With a focus on Cooper's and the town's moral dilemmas and also as an allegory for McCarthyism; its a taut, tense affair, greatly enhanced by happening real time (with clocks shown edging nearer to the deadline and a profusely sweating Cooper). Brucie bonus points for the cinematography, soundtrack and the always lovely, Grace Kelly.

  • The Martian

    The Martian 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 10 Oct, 2015

    With it's concentration on acutely researched science and a surprisingly light but refreshing, humourous tone for a survival drama; The Martian is a thoroughly entertaining picture. However, it perhaps wallows a little too much in the scientific realm and its lack of emotion (until the ramped up tension of the final act) is somewhat to it's detriment. Though, admittedly, this does ensure its a novel tale, not lumbered by the usual trappings of over-sentimentality.

  • Kid With The Golden Arm

    Kid With The Golden Arm 1979

    ★★½ Watched 08 Oct, 2015

    Despite its short run time, its a bit of a slog sitting through the totally inconsequential plot and overly choreographed fights. The fights with the golden armed kid towards the end are magnificent though.

  • Heroes of the East

    Heroes of the East 1978

    ★★★★ Watched 29 Sep, 2015

    Oozing the usual Shaw Bros charm and comedy, it starts with the typical marital martial art problems most young married couples have. You know, like, when your lovely new wife decides to demolish your garden with her inferior Japanese martial arts. Thereby leaving no choice other than instructing her on the superiority of Kung Fu by opening a can of whoop ass. It all eventually escalates rather quickly though and next thing you know you're being challenged by a number…

  • Late Chrysanthemums

    Late Chrysanthemums 1954

    ★★★ Watched 28 Sep, 2015

    Much like the disappointments faced by the three leads, i too couldn't help but be left disappointed with my first Naruse watch. Though its clear from the cinematography and composition of the picture that this is the work of one of the Japanese masters, the three bleak stories just don't particularly entice or engage.

  • Army of Darkness

    Army of Darkness 1992

    ★★★★ Rewatched 21 Sep, 2015

    Though the gore levels are reduced and its perhaps not as accomplished as II, its ramped up humour quotient with obvious Harryhausen homage tickled my funny bone(s) on numerous occasions!

  • Evil Dead II

    Evil Dead II 1987

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 20 Sep, 2015

    Enhanced by Campbell's expressive, memorable, powerhouse performance and its bigger budget, enabling Raimi to get closer to his vision; this sequel / remake is nothing other than a minor masterpiece.

  • The Evil Dead

    The Evil Dead 1981

    ★★★★ Rewatched 19 Sep, 2015

    With Halloween approaching and the Ash Vs Evil Dead tv show on the horizon, it seems the perfect time to revisit the trilogy.

    Admittedly, my original watch in reverse order may have prejudiced me a little regards numero uno. Its more like a first take on what the series would eventually become and its missing the Campbell from six years later, at the peak of his powers. However, its campy, b-movie horror with lots of gore and wonderful practical effects on a limited budget is still riotous fun.

  • My Best Fiend

    My Best Fiend 1999

    ★★★★½ Watched 10 Sep, 2015

    This utterly fascinating documentary, with insights into the volatile Kinski and the now legendary tales of the Herzog / Kinski collaborations, is an engaging portrait of both men and their symbiotic relationship. An essential watch, even if you've never seen a Herzog production!

  • Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

    Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol 2011

    ★★★ Watched 09 Sep, 2015

    Despite Nyqvist's limp villain and the ridiculous plot, which amounts to little more than a bunch of set pieces; Bird's direction, with clear, concise action, ensures this is entertaining nonsense.