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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.

  • 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 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…

  • 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

    ★★½ Watched 02 Feb, 2014

    Fun, but over long and far too self-aware of its own ludicrousness to usurp the unintentionally hilarious Olympus Has Fallen as the better 'Die Hard in the White House' flick.

  • World War Z 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 05 Sep, 2014

    Much better than a $200million 12A rated zombie movie with a completely re-shot third act has any right to be.
    The fact it clocks in under 2 hours helps a lot.

  • Man of Steel 2013

    ★½ Watched 22 Mar, 2014

    Oh dear. When the best thing about your film is kevin Costner, you got problems. Lots of problems.

    I had very low expectations for this anyway, hence not seeing it until now, but even I was surprised at how messy and shallow it was.
    I'm no fan of Snyder but will defend the work he did on Watchmen and Dawn of the Dead. But whereas those two show what a good director he can be when he loves the source,…

  • Penthouse North 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 20 Aug, 2014

    Very watchable if understated old fashioned thriller which avoids (and in some cases subtly subverts) the old "blind girl terrorised by bad guys" schtick from nicked from Wait Until Dark by countless TV movies 30 odd years ago.

    Solid casting helps with Michelle Monaghan again demonstrating how good she is given a decent part, and the always watchable Michael Keaton managing a nicely measured chief baddie role.

    Undemanding, gripping in parts and doesn't outstay its welcome.

  • Olympus Has Fallen 2013

    ★★½ Watched 20 Apr, 2013

    Funniest film I've seen this year even if it's not supposed to be. At least it's a full-blooded, hard-R action movie, and for that it should be praised.