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  • The Big Short

    The Big Short 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 06 Feb, 2016

    With great performances and a unique, almost mockumentary style; it takes a potentially dry subject matter and succeeds in making it supremely witty and accessible for the non-financial set. By the end, I was left feeling rage at the unbelievable incompetence and corruption, but, also morally conflicted (like Carrell's character, Baum), rooting for the profiteers of the collapse.

  • The Lady from Shanghai

    The Lady from Shanghai 1947

    ★★★½ Watched 05 Feb, 2016

    Despite Welles' Oirish accent and a mishmash of styles which isn't wholly successful; this hard boiled noir with entertaining performances and a superb, oft-imitated mirror ending, kept me intrigued throughout.

  • The Titfield Thunderbolt

    The Titfield Thunderbolt 1953

    ★★½ Watched 04 Feb, 2016

    Gaining more amusement from the title than the picture itself; this is a mild, quintessentially British comedy (with the emphasis on mild). Though it does gather a head of steam for its entertaining (but predictable) second half, it's ultimately best left for trainspotting Ealing aficionados only.

  • Phoenix

    Phoenix 2014

    ★★★ Watched 11 Jan, 2016

    A subtle character study, that just couldn't grab my attention or that i could connect emotionally with (much like Petzold's previous, Barbara, in fact). While the ending meets a rather predictable, logical conclusion; i have to admit, its execution was particularly satisfying.

  • Everest

    Everest 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 07 Jan, 2016

    Chronicling the start of the commercialisation of Everest, this disaster epic with a large and quite unbelievable cast (led ably by Clarke), is a solid tale that feels authentic throughout and thankfully steers clear from over-sentimentality.

  • Spectre

    Spectre 2015

    ★★★ Watched 06 Jan, 2016

    After a magnificent, thrilling start (set during The Day of the Dead festival), it quickly falls into fairly standard, by the numbers Bond fare. Entertaining, but a bit disappointing. Also, what a waste of Bellucci!

  • Anomalisa

    Anomalisa 2015

    ★★½ Watched 04 Jan, 2016

    Count me as big a Kaufman fan as any; but his sheen is starting to dull. Like his previous picture, Synecdoche (which I found to be insufferably pretentious), I just didn't get on with Anomalisa.

    As the first act progressed, I started to feel more like the main character, the unlikeable Michael. Bored and disinterested; perhaps that was the point! It wasn't until the meeting of Lisa and the puppet sex that it began to heat up and become more…

  • Bridge of Spies

    Bridge of Spies 2015

    ★★★ Watched 29 Dec, 2015

    An interesting enough character-driven tale thats obviously well made and acted but, ultimately, is rather underwhelming. Paralleling some current topical issues; it just plays out too straight and predictable, is lacking in thrills and is best summed up by one word, 'staid'.

    Though, I can't finish without a mention of Mark Rylance. Continuing on from his revelatory turn in Wolf Hall, he steals every scene hes in and delivers an understated, captivating performance that is a delight to watch. Frankly, its just a shame we don't get to see more of his character.

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Dec, 2015

    Its nigh impossible to get away from a comparison between this and the originals and though it doesn't quite live up to, or hit any of their highs, The Force Awakens is more even in tone throughout and roughly on par, if not better, than Return of the Jedi. Thankfully banishing memories of the prequels to the fartherest reaches; theres no stupid, annoying characters in this one! In fact, the cast of new characters are all great (BB8 and Kylo…

  • Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi 1983

    ★★★★ Rewatched 18 Dec, 2015

    Has its moments of greatness with some of the series greatest scenes, ie all of the Emperor, Vader and Luke bits. However, it doesn't hit the heady heights of the first two and the side story with Han and Leia ain't really much cop. Also, Ewoks.

  • Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

    Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back 1980

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 17 Dec, 2015

    I think i've finally joined the dark side! Or maybe i'm just a little bit older and wiser, like Master Yoda. I now prefer The Empire Strikes Back to A New Hope!

  • Star Wars

    Star Wars 1977

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 16 Dec, 2015

    Prepping for The Force Awakens; this re-watch made me realise just how much of a whiny teenager Luke is.