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  • The Homesman

    The Homesman 2014

    ★★★ Watched 16 Aug, 2016

    Wow this movie was hard work at times.

    The score, the cinematography, the direction, the acting, the authenticity, all top drawer. What's not to like?

    Well, the story really. 

    This is an unrelenting, gruelling journey across the west for the title characters and an unrelenting, gruelling and downright depressing journey for the viewers.

    This is undoubtedly a good movie, TLJ knows how to act and he also - apparently - knows how to direct. He's really delivered here, it's just…

  • 300: Rise of an Empire

    300: Rise of an Empire 2014

    ★★★ Watched 28 Aug, 2016

    13 minutes of voice over work at the beginning of this movie are deemed necessary to bring everybody up to speed with this prequel, midquel and sequel to Zack Snyder's 300. 13 minutes. That's one hell of a introduction to a movie.

    Within this 13 minutes we do get lots of slow motion, lots of violence, a nice single action sequence introducing our title character as he slashes his way through an entire army with gallons of CGI blood (that…

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  • Dredd

    Dredd 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 14 Jan, 2013 7

    Ouch. A $50million budget and only $13million in box office returns. Even the Sly Stallone starring Judge Dredd returned $34million at the box office (back in '95), and we all know how bad that was. So what's the deal? How can a consistently highly rated movie do so poorly? Namely because of idiots like me.

    When I first saw the images of Dredd online and in movie magazines it really didn't appeal at all. Urban looked like either his head…

  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

    The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford 2007

    ★★★★★ Watched 05 Jan, 2014 2

    One hell of a movie.

    Don't watch this expecting tonnes of action and shoot outs at high noon, it's not that sort of western. This is a character study filled with fine actors putting in career finest performances, gorgeous cinematography and an engaging and involving story.

    Deakins is on cinematography duty here and the film looks absolutely phenomenal as a result. The interior shots are beautifully lit, the costume design, the blood, sweat and grit are all perfectly captured, but…