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  • A Most Violent Year

    A Most Violent Year 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 03 Feb, 2015

    “I believe in America.” Like the supplicant baker who’s line opens Coppola’s The Godfather, Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac) a first generation immigrant, has built a good business upon the twin pillars of honesty and opportunity. But when his heating oil company’s trucks become targeted by hijackers, and scrutiny into industry malpractice singles him out unfairly,it threatens to overturn a deal with the potential to expand beyond his dreams. For this cool customer, increasingly it’s hard to be a saint (in…

  • Kingsman: The Secret Service

    Kingsman: The Secret Service 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 01 Feb, 2015

    In adapting Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons’ Kingsman The Secret Service, director Matthew Vaughan and long term screenwriting partner Jane Goldman have fashioned a very modern take on the tongue in cheek spy flicks of yore. The result is a highly entertaining origin story, a good-hearted transformation tale, from gutter bling to bespoke Mayfair-ing. My Fair Flint, if you will. It’s scattershot, scatalogical, and oh so bloody. I was left gasping and guffawing at the audaciousness of the quick cutting…

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  • Mulholland Falls

    Mulholland Falls 1996

    ★★ Watched 06 Jan, 2013 1

    With Gangster Squad on release this week, I thought I’d take a look at Mulholland Falls, another tough neo-noir set in the post war city of angels. It features a similar team of two-fisted detectives who work off the books, loosely based on the Gangster Squad’s real life Robbery Division contemporaries, the Hat Squad. However, based on the flabby story telling and out of shape cast, a more fitting title might be “Ginster Squad”.

    Mulholland Falls was director Lee Tamahori’s…

  • The Avengers

    The Avengers 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 27 Apr, 2012

    Awesomely entertaining, well paced, great character beats, action and humour - a big, brawling brilliant comic book movie that feels like the real deal. Super heroes don't have to go full "dark" to be taken seriously. It was a joy to watch from beginning to end. I'm struggling to pick holes in it. It felt like the first time I saw Superman The Movie at the cinema, it's that great an experience.