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  • 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.

  • 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,…

  • 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.

  • I Give It A Year 2013

    ★★ Watched 13 Jun, 2013

    Such an infuriating film. There are some brilliant, laugh out loud moments on offer here. Sadly most of them were in the trailer, and what remains is a succession of sketches of hateful people doing vile things and being horrible to each other.
    None of them ever says "hey, do you need to be so horrible?". Well, actually one does ask why a certain couple are still together when all they do is argue. "That's what marriage is all about"…

  • A Good Day to Die Hard 2013

    ★½ Watched 30 Dec, 2013

    Being one of the eight people who thought Die Hard 4 wasn't that bad and is actually pretty good action entertainment (even if the one thing it isn't is a Die Hard movie) I was more than prepared to give DH5 a fair crack of the whip. If it hadn't been released on Valentines Day I would even have paid hard earned to go to the cinema to watch it.

    As it was I finally caught up with iut over…

  • Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2013

    ★★½ Watched 17 Aug, 2013

    Don't understand the hatred this attracted.

    It's stupid, but it's also fun. I've seen far worse, more bloated 'revisionist' movies of late, so it was very refreshing to see an R-rated, gore and swearing movie that rattled along for a perfectly timed 90 minutes.

    Oddly, Gemma Arterton seems to be a better actress doing a bad American accent than when she uses her own.

  • Maniac 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Jul, 2013

    I'm usually the first to complain about remakes of old horror films, mainly because they never match up to the originals. We all know that do, but rarely do they trump them so emphatically as MANIAC does.
    On announcement of its production, I was excited for two reasons: I'd never been a fan of the original, finding it's plotless scuzziness over-bearing, and only worth watching for a truly horrid performance from Joe Spinell (that's a compliment, BTW) and Tom Savini's…

  • 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…

  • Les Misérables 2012

    ★★ Watched 13 Jan, 2013

    I tried. I REALLY tried, but I now know that Les Mis is not for me.

    I have an inbuilt inability to enjoy musicals (bar Grease and South Park), so one as overblown and religiously adored as this was never going to win me over. What surprised me was that there is also some genuinely BAD film-making at work here, which clearly the audience of Les Mis disciples I just saw it with couldn't give a monkey's about, and were…