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  • Toy Story That Time Forgot

    Toy Story That Time Forgot 2014

    ★★★ Rewatched 15 Nov, 2015

    Perfectly fine. But for Toy Story 'perfectly fine' isn't quite enough.

  • Lucy

    Lucy 2014

    ★★ Watched 14 Nov, 2015

    A Jason Statham concept with all the humour removed and replaced with portentous dialogue, and a pretentious finale.
    Just as ridiculous though despite a pretty exhilarating first two acts.

  • Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

    Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 06 Nov, 2015

    For an hour and a half this was probably the most ridiculously enjoyable MI sequel, but then it fluffs its lines for a final act far too reliant on the heroes anticipating far too many things for their plan to work.
    I also was thrown when I realised the entire film is predicated on the villain doing something really stupid right at the start of the film.

    It's brilliantly cast (especially for fans of the TV show Rev.), and the…

  • Madman

    Madman 1982

    ★½ Watched 31 Oct, 2015

    Seen it all before, Friday the 13th knock off with a fraction of the budget. The kill scenes are well handled and don't skimp on the gore, but everything else is painfully unwatchable.

    Watch The Burning instead.

  • The Innkeepers

    The Innkeepers 2011

    ★★★½ Watched 31 Oct, 2015

    A great choice of flick for Halloween as two amateur paranormal investigators try to contact a witch in the run down hotel they work in.

    It's a real slow burner, with a couple of truly creepy moments, which is ultimately let down a bit by overlength and a bit of a 'something and nothing' ending.

  • Spectre

    Spectre 2015

    ★★★ Watched 26 Oct, 2015

    When there were a few dissenting voices raised in the wake of the release of Skyfall, I viewed them with suspicion. Who were these miserable sods? They clearly weren't Bond fans. How could anyone who loved cinema really not agree with everyone else that it was not only one of the best Bond movies, but one of the best action movies of recent years?

    I am now one those people. But for me it's SPECTRE which is proving to be…

  • Daylight Robbery

    Daylight Robbery 2008

    ★★ Watched 19 Oct, 2015

    Competent but completely unremarkable Brit heist thriller, which is distinctly low on thrills, suspense or surprises.
    Passes the time but nothing you haven't seen a hundred times before, and much better.

  • Scream

    Scream 1996

    ★★★★ Rewatched 17 Oct, 2015

    Had not watched this for a long time but it has lost none of its entertainment value. What i found interesting this time is how much I enjoyed David Arquette's performance considering how irritating I found the character in later installments.
    It's as fine a testament to Craven's talent as Nightmare, Last House and Hills Have Eyes.

  • Unfriended

    Unfriended 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 25 Sep, 2015

    Genuinely surprised how much I enjoyed this given I despise found footage, Skype and teenagers. But it was that rare thing where a director of a 'techno' thriller not only understands the technology, but how it's used and also how to make a good movie!

    It's essentially a low key slasher played out over a computer screen, and while that premise sounds awful, it's so cleverly constructed that you can forgive the occassional logical slips when a film can generate…

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015

    ★½ Watched 19 Sep, 2015

    Blockbuster-by-numbers. Easily my least favourite MCU movie so far and I fear it's going to be downhill all the way from here, as they now know even lazy crap like this will make billions without even trying.

  • Mad Foxes

    Mad Foxes 1981

    Watched 01 Jul, 2015

    1 star or 5 depending on your state of mind. Completely indefensible trash with all the bad stuff you expect (rape, murder, nudity, castration, grenades in toilet, unsanitary public urination) but it's so utterly inept it's impossible to be offended by it.
    It's also very short at a tad over an hour and a quarter and that feels perfect because after a while it becomes a bit numbing. But the last scene truly made my jaw hit the floor in a way it hasn't done for a very long time.

  • The Reincarnation of Peter Proud

    The Reincarnation of Peter Proud 1975

    ★★½ Watched 30 May, 2015

    A film I've wanted to watch ever since I heard Jerry Goldsmith's truly unsettling theme tune a few years back.

    The intriguing, if ultimately flat, tale of a college professor who is experiencing bad dreams about someone else's murder back in the 1940s and goes on a quest to find out if he really is the reincarnation of the deceased.

    The central conceit is just enough to retain the interest in what is really just a steamy TV movie with…