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  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 28 Jan, 2013

    Hey, Little Troublemakers.

    When I heard about this film, it had my curiosity - it now has my attention. But it seems our mutual friend, Tarantino, has a flair for the dramatic because...

    Damn, I ripped my bag. All right, for the rest of the review we are going to go without bags on our heads. But next time, we will do the bags properly.

    Anyway...this film is DAWESOME (The D is silent, hill-billy's). I mean, what's not to like?…

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 26 Dec, 2013

    DiCaprio proves once again that he is one of the finest actors of this generation.

    Scorsese proves that he is 71 years young. His previous film was Hugo....a children's movie.

    Margot Robbie proves that hamana hamana hamana hamana.....

    Casting was brilliant and supporting actors didn't miss a beat.

    Fantastically insane, comedic and outrageous. Wolf of Wall Street is a great film - go see it. Although some scenes probably could have been cut short or cut.

  • Boyhood

    Boyhood 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 27 Jul, 2014

    This film has a lot of ambitions, and it succeeds as a film. It captures life, nostalgia and childhood in an honest way. Each year blurs into the next without place cards telling the audience that we are 1 year on...the clues are haircuts, maturation and pop culture references. We grew up with Mason, Samantha and their parents in just 3 hours. This film is funny, moving and real - it's beautiful view on family, friends, life and love make it a fantastic film.

  • The Avengers

    The Avengers 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 22 Sep, 2012

    The Hulk was cool.

    If you enjoy other films like these, you will definitely like this. If you were somewhat luke warm on them you will probably find this somewhat simplistic and poorly developed. It isn't all that suprising or unpredictable - it's exactly what you think it is.

    The villain isn't great and neither are his minions. I feel like I should've been caring when Manhattan was getting destroyed - but I didn't. A major city being destroyed is…

  • Drive

    Drive 2011

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 19 Nov, 2011

    My words cannot describe how great this movie is. How great the score is. How great the acting is.

    This is the reason I love film.

  • The Dark Knight Rises

    The Dark Knight Rises 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 06 Oct, 2012

    I really enjoyed this film - a very satisfying end to the batman trilogy under Christopher Nolan. The main problem with the film was that they tried to pack too many ideas into the film. All good ideas, which is probably why Nolan had a problem cutting some of them. But because the film had so many ideas, it didn't fully develop all of them.

    The action set-piece with the plane at the very beginning of the film is one of the best I've ever seen.

  • The Empire Strikes Back

    The Empire Strikes Back 1980

    ★★★ Watched 24 May, 2014

    This won't make me a lot of friends - but I find Star Wars so over-rated in general. I didn't live through it though - not my era. Maybe it's me...

  • Moonrise Kingdom

    Moonrise Kingdom 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Jan, 2013

    Sweet, hilarious and quirky.

    There is nothing quite like a good Wes Anderson film - There is a certain way that the characters talk in the Moonrise Kingdom universe (Anderson universe as a whole). I thought all the actors nailed it.

    My favourite scene is the one where the two kids are on the beach - I won't go any further to avoid spoilers. But that scene is just so sweet and so innocent.

    A truly fantastic film.

  • Silver Linings Playbook

    Silver Linings Playbook 2012

    ★★★ Watched 25 Jan, 2013

    A very good rom-com-drama. The writers capitalise on awkward humor very well, with the 'crazy' Pat and 'self-loathing' Tiffany. Whenver they are together on screen, there is atypical chemistry, which is completely invigorating.

    Lawrence is fantastic - proving that she can bring her acting to an adult film. Cooper is not a pretty boy in this one, he is messed up and plays it so well.

    De Niro and Weaver are fantastic in supporting roles - and De Niro may…

  • Se7en

    Se7en 1995

    ★★★½ Watched 02 Mar, 2013

    Man - everyone seems to love this film - I guess that's the great thing about film...subjectivity.

    The story is great, Kevin Spacey is great, the dialogue is pretty great at times as well. But I have a few gripes

    I felt no connection to Morgan Freeman or Brad Pitt in this film. Their characters were not interesting to me. Eager rookie and jaded veteran.

    Couldn't Brad Pitt just plead insanity just as Kevin Spacey would have? His wife's head…

  • American Hustle

    American Hustle 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 27 Jan, 2014

    Just like The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook, it is a good film with great actors holding together a solid plot that has been shat on by David O Russell in his desperate attempt to get a Best Picture Oscar.

    Delightfully quirky, yet completely unrealistic, characters. Stays away from any danger, seriousness or controversy. It just feels too light in the end - never had to squirm in my seat, never felt like the "mafia" posed any real danger, never…

  • Looper

    Looper 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 01 Feb, 2013

    Wow. Like oh my god. That at it's heart is such great filmmaking. An original idea, interesting shots, well thought out concept. Great acting.

    I could write a novel and leave it right here. All you need to know is: This is a great fucking movie.