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  • Trainspotting

    Trainspotting 1996

    ★★★★ Rewatched 29 Apr, 2012

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

    For a film that launched the careers of several actors who arguably went on to help define the following decade in cinema, 'Trainspotting' is very much a film of its time. Self-obsessed, self-deprecating, and ruthlessly selfish it is a film defined by an anti-hero (Renton) who is desperate to escape his deadbeat friends but only as long as he comes out on top, even at the expense of one of his closest friends (Tommy). A fantastic soundtrack helps underscore many of the film's key scenes, as the fortunes of the main protagonists slide from bad to worse. Scabrous, soul-destroying, and essential viewing!

  • WALL·E

    WALL·E 2008

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 29 Apr, 2012

    As a self-confessed fan of Pixar's output I think that this particular film is pretty much note perfect when it comes to pressing all of the appropriate emotional buttons. For a film where a large proportion is almost entirely dependent upon the sound design for its narrative, the rewards are wonderful. The story jumps deftly between drama, and humour, while retaining a wonderful lightness of touch that makes you want to pick it up and give it a big hug. Who would ever have thought that a cockroach could be adorable?

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  • Weekend

    Weekend 2011

    ★★★★★ Watched 18 Mar, 2012 2

    I'm certain many will identify with a situation where circumstances and personal history conspire to keep two people apart when, by rights, they should really be together. This film manages to document this and in doing so illustrates a type of emotionally maturity rarely seen in movies nowadays. With great performances from the two leads, and a cinematic quality that only serves to illustrate the emptiness of the characters' lives, this film is simply beautiful.

  • Real Steel

    Real Steel 2011

    ★★★★½ Watched 08 Apr, 2012

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

    Anyone expecting a stereotypical father-discovers-love-of-son-he-never-knew, sub-transformers, Rocky clone should reconsider their opinions when coming to this film. Some great performances, and engaging story line really pulls the viewer into the action and leaves them wanting more. I wouldn't normally choose to watch a boxing film (whether presentred in a sci-fi wrapper or not) but I really enjoyed this.