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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★ Watched 20 Mar, 2015

    As with all Anderson's films since Tenenbaums I can't escape feeling they are brilliantly made, gorgeous to look at, but ultimately empty, soulless intricately constructed trifles.

    This time around Ralph Fiennes keeps it watchable with a brilliant comedic performance which should have garnered more plaudits and gongs.

  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Jun, 2013

    Some moments are among the best of Tarantino's career, but once again a potential 5 star classic is undone by his own indulgances.

    The first two thirds are near perfect with Waltz effectively playing the lead; we start in typical Tarantino black comedy territory giving his twist on the spaghetti western. The second third takes us into much darker territory, perhaps the darkest of his career, and is refreshing, terrifying and awe-inspiring all at once.
    Sadly, the final act is…

  • Gravity

    Gravity 2013

    ★★★ Watched 23 May, 2014

    Stunning technical achievement, but found it unengaging.
    I may not have been in the best frame of mind to watch and probably need to give it another go.

  • The Avengers

    The Avengers 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 08 May, 2012 1

    Anyone who pays any attention to me will be aware I have been less than excited about the prospect of THE AVENGERS this year. I have been in a seemingly tiny minority.
    My reservations were based around the idea that it was a culmination of a 5 year Hollywood-machine experiment. That and the fact I'm not a fan of Joss Whedon. (For the record anyone who uses phrases like "The Whedon-verse" is no better than wet knickered teenagers using phrases…

  • The Avengers

    The Avengers 2012

    ★★★½ Rewatched 02 Mar, 2013

    2nd watch, and I enjoyed it a tiny bit more than the first time.
    It's still a fun, solid action movie with a surprisingly large amount of character interaction, but the CGI-explody climax is still a massive disappointment after the flawless middle section.

  • The Dark Knight Rises

    The Dark Knight Rises 2012

    ★★½ Watched 21 Jul, 2012

    It's taking four days of soul-searching, but I think I've decided that Dark Knight Rises is not only an incredible disappointment but also a colossal mess of a film. I don't say this lightly.
    I'm a huge fan of what Christopher Nolan has done to the Caped Crusader, and I still think he's one of the best directors working within the Hollywood system. But this is a case of where Nolan needed a firm hand on the brake.

    If Batman…

  • Moonrise Kingdom

    Moonrise Kingdom 2012

    ★★★ Watched 16 Jan, 2013

    Visually, it's as intricately constructed as a Faberge egg, but it's as inconsequential as a slight breeze.
    Made me want to watch SUBMARINE again.

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 06 Sep, 2014

    Not quite the barnstormer I'd been led to believe it was, it's still great entertainment.
    A sort of Avengers 1.5, with a HUGE body count and Robert Redford's best role for 30 years.

  • Skyfall

    Skyfall 2012

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 27 Oct, 2012

    It sounds so simple, but it is amazing what a good director (and good behind the scenes crew) can bring to a franchise.

    Sam Mendes and, especially, Roger Deakins, bring new life into Bond, reinvigorating a series which seriously floundered with Quantum of Solace.

    On first viewing, my thoughts were it was the most Fleming-inspired of the whole series. Fleming often put Bond through the ringer in quite painful ways (physically as well as mentally). Here Bond is seemingly killed…

  • X-Men: Days of Future Past

    X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 22 Nov, 2014

    A great set up and interesting first two acts lead to a slightly dreary finale despite excellent work from all involved.
    Mystique/Raven, so pivotal to proceedings becomes the X Men equivalent of the masks in Mission Impossible.
    Not as much fun as First Class, not as exciting and thoughtful as X2, but still good entertainment.

  • Pacific Rim

    Pacific Rim 2013

    ★★ Watched 21 Feb, 2014

    No, sorry. Maybe I'm just not 'getting' it, but I thought Pacific Rim was dreadful. Awful script and woeful acting (in some cases from decent actors, in other cases from former Eastenders stars trying to do Australian accents) combined with a rare off day by Del Toro (bar a few glimpses of his usual genius) to create the most vacuous action movie for a long while.

    I've heard people argue that you have to understand it's in the tradition of…

  • Looper

    Looper 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 29 Sep, 2012

    Whilst I'd been excited about seeing LOOPER since first catching a trailer months ago, I was amazed to find that the film not only met my expectations, but surpassed them.
    Knowing little beyond the trailer is a good idea, and the plotline about Joseph Gordon-Levitt having to kill his future self (Bruce Willis) is literally only half the story.

    Writer-director Rian Johnson skillfully weaves in elements of several other sci-fi movies, but it never feels like a rip-off, or a…