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  • 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 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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  • 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.

  • Star Wars Begins 2011

    ★★★★★ Added Back in April 2011 or so, I interviewed the creator of this filmumentary, Jamie Benning. Here is the link to that interview, with updated embedded home for the complete Star Wars Begins on his Filmumentary site. Spread the word about this, and Raiding The Lost Ark!