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  • Crimson Peak

    Crimson Peak 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 23 Feb, 2016

    Fun, frightening, but most of all Gothic.

  • Mistress America

    Mistress America 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 20 Feb, 2016

    Sharp writing and Greta Gerwig is on form as usual. The set piece in the house in Connecticut is all gold and the hilarious highlight of a film which explores the complexities and failures of a friendship between two women.

  • Spotlight

    Spotlight 2015

    ★★★★½ Added

    A non-showy, solidly made film telling an important story. Great cast.

  • Room

    Room 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 26 Jan, 2016

    Not the film I was expecting and all the better for it. Uplifting without losing its credibility or realism.

    Still doesn't quite replace Short Term Twelve as my favourite Brie Larson performance though.

  • Song of the Sea

    Song of the Sea 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 13 Jan, 2016

    Beautiful Irish folktale.

  • The Muppet Christmas Carol

    The Muppet Christmas Carol 1992

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 23 Dec, 2015

    It's not Christmas until I've watched The Muppet Christmas Carol

  • Carol

    Carol 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 21 Dec, 2015

    Exquisite film making.

  • John Wick

    John Wick 2014

    ★★★½ Added

    Hitting all the cliche action movie tropes but pulled off in a stylish (violent) manner. Plus puppies.

  • Cinderella

    Cinderella 2015

    ★★½ Added

    This film was so saccharine my entire mouth has tooth ache.


  • Clouds of Sils Maria

    Clouds of Sils Maria 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 03 Oct, 2015

    "No, you're over simplifying it"

    What this film is not is simple, instead we have a complex and ambiguous portrait of several women, the old verses the new, the classical verses the modern, the tamed verses the wild. The play-within-a-play structure allows these shifting personalities, attitudes and desires to play out with delicious moving back and forward between characters, all against a backdrop of beautiful interiors or the awe-inspiring cloud formations of the titular mountains of Sils Maria.

    I'm left not knowing what to think, and I like that, many films are not quite brave enough to leave things so open-ended and unsure.

  • Kingsman: The Secret Service

    Kingsman: The Secret Service 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 09 Sep, 2015

    Ahh it was going so well: fun, upbeat, violent spy spoofing genre stuff, then one cheap misogynist joke at the end and it leaves a sour taste. The rest is so well subverted or celebrated (the gadgets! the training! the clothes!) - the old tired approach to women as the 'sex as reward' trope was one that could have been happily left behind.

    The suits were impeccable.

  • Jupiter Ascending

    Jupiter Ascending 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 29 Aug, 2015

    Possibly the silliest film I've watched in 2015.

    I loved it.

    There's more inventiveness here than in most big action thrillers. The nods to Brazil were nice and the humour worked for me. The story line is bonkers of course (the bees, oh the bees...) but there's enough of a swipe at Capitalism to give it some credibility.

    I was expecting a completely mad, ridiculously overblown sci-fi escapade and that's exactly what I got.