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  • 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…

  • 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 Harry Hill Movie 2013

    ★★½ Watched 27 Sep, 2014

    Not as dreadful as I'd been led to believe. At least not if your a fan of Hill's particular brand of humour.
    A rambling series of very silly sketches stitched together by a plot involving a hamster voiced by Johnny Vegas.
    Some genuinely brilliant moments include Julie Walters rapping, a B & B run by the Magic Numbers and a brilliant piss take of Les Miserables.
    Lots of seriously unfunny stuff happens as well.

  • All Is Lost 2013

    ★★½ Watched 17 Oct, 2014

    Well made, well acted but I did find myself chuckling at just was going to happen to poor Robert Redford next. It turned out to be setting fire to his own lifeboat which had me in stitches which was probably NOT the reaction the director intended.

  • 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.

  • About Time 2013

    ★½ Watched 27 Sep, 2014

    Unbearably smug, twee, upper-middle class England version of Groundhog Day with added heart wrenching and about a hundreth of the warmth and joy of Ramis' classic.

    Slightly more watchable than Love Actually. But only just.

  • The Wolverine 2013

    ★½ Watched 31 Aug, 2014

    You know those occassions when everyone is raving about something but you just don't get it? that was me and The Wolverine. It seems that everyone was so impressed that it was better made (and looked much better) than X Men Origins that they somehow missed the fact that it's incredibly dull and pretentious and with a plot holes you could drive an On the Buses film through.
    For a super hero movie, there's very little super hero stuff and…

  • RED 2 2013

    ★★★ Watched 20 Sep, 2014

    Much more fun than I'd been led to believe, but then I was fond of the first which drew a lot of bizarre snobbery from critics who seemed to have a problem with actors like Mirren and Malkovich having a laugh in throwaway guff like this.

    It's more of the same with a bigger scope as the RED's globe trot around trying to find a scientist and then a hidden nuke whilst avoiding the attentions of a psycho CIA operative…

  • The World's End 2013

    ★★½ Watched 11 Jan, 2014

    Big disappointment.

    Some genius moments, but ultimately too indulgent and pleased with itself to be as wholly likeable and entertaining as Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz.

  • 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…

  • Sharknado 2013

    ★★ Watched 07 Aug, 2013

    Bloody awful, but that's sort of not the point.

    I wasn't bored, apart from the rip off of Robert Shaw's USS Indianapolis monologue ("And that's why I REALLY hate sharks") and that's more than can be said for most films that cost a hundred times more.

    Two points though: surely it would have been cheaper to hire a decent continuity expert rather than an emotionless Tara Reid, and why the hell go to the trouble of casting a decent actor like John Heard and then do bugger all with him?

    You know what you are gonna get and you'll need beer.

  • White House Down 2013

    ★★★ Rewatched 19 Oct, 2014

    2nd viewing and upped it half a star. It's still a tad smug about its own ridiculousness, allowing it to be cliched and silly by constantly saying "isn't this cliched and silly". I still prefer the full R-rated 80s mayhem of Olympus has Fallen.