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  • 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…

  • 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?”

  • 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 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 2010

    ★★★½ Watched 06 Jul, 2011

    On a flight from London to San Francisco

  • 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…

  • 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 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…

  • Argo 2012

    ★★½ Watched 09 Mar, 2013

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012

    ★★★ Watched 10 Feb, 2013 2

    It took me a long time to see the Hobbit. Which is akin to treason, I guess. So I saw it. I wanted to see it in HFR but I settled for 3D — I'll try to see it in HFR if the opportunity presents itself. The 3D was fantastic, and reasonably restrained. However I'm still waiting for the 3D film that doesn't turn theme-park ride and try to make me duck.

    Serkis / Gollum was fantastic — hands down…

  • The Shining 1980

    ★½ Added 3

    Too scary for me. I really like hedge mazes and tiled floors, but they are better enjoyed with a romantic comedy.

  • Man of Steel 2013

    ★½ Watched 16 Jun, 2013

    Evolution always wins we’re told, unfortunately Man of Steel is a mutant strain hopefully destined for extinction.

    When you have a protagonist who is practically impossible to injure or kill, and you add a villain who’s the same; you have to think outside the box. Or just think of what they do in Superman, which is to put the damsel in distress all the time. There was one point where we were concerned Lois might get cold, otherwise she was…