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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 03 May, 2014

    I went into Moonrise Kingdom (no, I'm not confused, keep reading) rather rusty on what it is to be a Wes Anderson. So I came out thinking it was twee, manufactured, fake, awkward; all perjoratively posed. Ick. Didn't like it.

    For Budapest I was better prepared. Saying a Wes Anderson film is all of those things, and saying that's a bad thing, is to hate something for what it is. It sounds racist or something.

    So instead I found a…

  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 06 Feb, 2013 3

    Tarantino doesn’t need to turn back time, double-down the POVs or slow-dance anything in this film. It’s so clever from beginning to end. Especially the beginning; a series of surprises that lay a foundation I’d sit for several hours while it reached fruition.

    The level of violence in the film is a thing. It’s actually well handled, yet it is intense. There are people who I’d like to share this film with, but I don’t think they’d be able to…

  • Birdman

    Birdman 2014

    ★★½ Watched 28 Feb, 2015

    The drums! The drums!

    Birdman didn't grab me. Ever. I made it to the end.

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 18 Mar, 2015

    Relativity is amazing science and beautiful humanity.

  • Drive

    Drive 2011

    ★★★★ Watched 09 Dec, 2011 3

    Drive is the story of a simple man who finds love with a semi-mute simple single mum. Their long silences don't feel awkward, as neither seems aware of what's happening. When it starts to feel like nothing is going to happen they go for a drive and nothing happens. Simple pleasures like finding a pond strewn with rubbish are enjoyed as if words could not and will not describe.

    To cement their relationship he carries her son to bed not…

  • The Avengers

    The Avengers 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 17 Sep, 2013

    The Avengers was pretty good. I waited a long time to see it. I guess I didn’t really wait. I just didn’t see it when it came out and everyone was talking about it.

    The Avengers was OK. It moved along pretty well. I didn’t get bored; it retained my interest. I guess it just never really grabbed me. I was intrigued by the depth in characters like Iron Man, whose previous appearances I’ve also waited to see.

    Maybe the Avengers was a bit like Alien vs Predator; you should watch those franchises first and then find yourself thinking “you know what would be awesome?”

  • The Dark Knight

    The Dark Knight 2008

    ★★★½ Added

    I saw this on an IMAX screen with selected scenes shown in IMAX. That was amazing. The scene that stood out was the skyscrapers in Hong Kong. I didn't realise immediately that the picture had changed to occupy the full screen. Epic.

  • Inception

    Inception 2010

    ★★★½ Watched 06 Jul, 2011

    On a flight from London to San Francisco

  • The Lego Movie

    The Lego Movie 2014

    ★★★ Watched 19 Apr, 2014 2

    I watched The LEGO Movie in the charming Waiheke Community Cinema with my kids and about 20 others. What a mad house! The film that is. It is so clever it just can't stop being clever 24/7. I found it exhausting keeping up with the constant stream of jokes, references, and cleverness. The film does not let up. Ever.

    My favourite part is indeed where I enjoyed the clever the most; when the characters are building together and talking about…

  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler 2014

    ★★★ Watched 15 Mar, 2015

    Gyllenhaal is phenomenal. His face. His eyes. He's phenomenal in this. I hated him so much. I thought it was a Marvel film. I hope I never see it again.

  • American Hustle

    American Hustle 2013

    ★★★ Watched 15 Apr, 2014

    Pretty good performances but overall a dissatisfying experience. No relationships felt significant to me, especially with the major, so the conflict and resolution didn't have the gravitas I think it needed.

    The very first scene with Christian Bale applying his hair piece is amazing – a man's shame realised so potently.

  • Moonrise Kingdom

    Moonrise Kingdom 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 20 Jul, 2012

    Anderson is very honest in this film. It is most definitely a Wes Anderson film, and it turns out I'm not a big fan of Wes Anderson films. I quickly tired of the dripping fakeness, and I struggled to be amused by situations and acting so constructed to amuse.

    The children were the stars of the film and they played their parts well. However, I didn't feel like I was seeing the child actors in the roles as much as…