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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • The Guest

    The Guest 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 03 Jan, 2015

    What an absolute treat.

    Fans of 80s slashers or those with a slightly black sense of humour will probably get more out of it than your standard thriller fan.
    Luckily that is me.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Godzilla

    Godzilla 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 27 May, 2014

    Given the critical pant-wetting given to Pacific Rim last year, I'm surprised this is generating such mixed responses. This is clearly a far superior movie. That's a "movie" with plot, characters, good acting, engaging twists and turns. That's opposed to a filmed computer game, with terrible acting, no plot and a head crushing noise and effects cacophony.

    If that's what you want, then Godzilla is not for you. It takes a sombre slant and for large parts doesn't feel like…

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014

    Watched 20 Mar, 2015

    Truly diabolical.

  • 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.

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★ Watched 27 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.