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  • Goon

    Goon 2011

    ★★★ Added

    Nothing ground-breaking (except face on ice!) but this is great fun and highly quotable. Love the 'etiquette' of brawling. Scott is well-cast in this.

  • Paranormal Activity 3

    Paranormal Activity 3 2011

    ★★★ Watched 11 Aug, 2012

    Enjoyably stressful with a strong narrative but not *quite* as scary as the first two in the series. Still worth viewing as part of the trilogy. Looking forward to 4!

  • Ted

    Ted 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 04 Aug, 2012

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

    Great fun and plenty of laughs but not quite as good as I had hoped. Not sure why... I guess I thought Seth would create a more original, more quirky ending... but kinda went typical happy ending. That said, definitely worth seeing - Kunis, Wahlberg and Ted are all great.

  • Super 8

    Super 8 2011

    ★★★½ Watched 23 Dec, 2011

    A good film with a handful of strong performances but... overall I found the film a little tiresome.

    It's a shame because it really starts so well - reminiscent of Stand By Me/The Goonies mixed with a dollop of ET - but then slowly descends into a predictable Hollywood dull-venture; guns, explosions and clichés abound. Dare I say - it even began to remind me of Bay's repugnant Transformer-porn.

    Perhaps a little harsh - it is definitely worth a watch, just be ready to surrender to a Hollywood yarn.

  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes

    Rise of the Planet of the Apes 2011

    ★★★★½ Watched 16 Dec, 2011

    I loved this film, despite being certain I wouldn't. I have to say it has some of the most impressive CG animation I've seen since Jurassic Park.

    As someone who has worked with primates at Bristol Zoo, I really noticed the study and detail that has gone into the behaviours and expressions of these apes - and the result is nothing short of mesmerising.

    Thoroughly recommended - was gripping from start to finish, and provides a fantastic lead into a…

  • Drive

    Drive 2011

    ★★★★ Added

    Western meets Romance meets Heist - the film of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

    Strong performances throughout - in particular, the long, suspenseful, speechless eye contact between Gosling and Mulligan creates a brooding romance that simmers intensely beneath the grizzly and brutal plot.

    Nothing like the trailer - this is an awesome indy film, with no Hollywood bile in sight.

    I want his jacket and driving gloves. And the mustang.

  • Blue Valentine

    Blue Valentine 2010

    ★★★½ Watched 26 Dec, 2011

    Ryan Gosling can do no wrong on-screen and Michelle Williams is also very strong in this sombre look at relationships in real life.

    I admire this film's honest portrayal of how love can sometimes go. It's heartbreaking and beautiful... but doesn't make uplifting viewing. As an outsider looking in, you just wish you could sit them both down and talk things through.

    The film is worth seeing purely for the improvisation - after slaving over the script for nearly 17…