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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 03 Jun, 2015

    The opening sequence of Mad Max is relentless. When the title finally appeared, the audience literally caught its breath. The detail in the production is also relentless, and the dusty, petrolly, greasy, makeshift world feels very real and scary.

    While the film is literally one big car / awesome war rig chase, there is a depth to the production that sets it above. That depth comes in the telling of the story; there's no narrator priming us with exposition, Miller…

  • 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…

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 18 Mar, 2015

    Relativity is amazing science and beautiful humanity.

  • 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…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 21 Jun, 2015 9

    I waited a long time to watch this film. Because of the drums. But it was so good. And the drums were so good.

  • Birdman

    Birdman 2014

    ★★½ Watched 28 Feb, 2015

    The drums! The drums!

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

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    ★★★★ Rewatched 03 May, 2015

    The fighting is a little intense for the kids. And there was a little bit of coarse language, which seemed to pass them by.

  • 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.

  • Inside Out

    Inside Out 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 28 Oct, 2015

    I have to start by saying I don't usually watch animated films. I've previously found it quite hard to get engaged with the characters and the story. I think all started watching Shrek 2 in the cinema and getting bored.

    Inside Out has effective, broad-strokes, characterisation that leaves no doubt that the animated characters have a human soul behind them. The animation is full of nice touches; my favourite being Joy's interaction with her bag—checking it, putting it on, taking…

  • Inception

    Inception 2010

    ★★★½ Watched 06 Jul, 2011

    On a flight from London to San Francisco

  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina 2015

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 06 Dec, 2015

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Still as thought provoking as ever.

    My read: Nathan creates AI and decides to use survival / self-preservation as his Turing test. Ava passes the test. Nathan should have chosen bait that didn't know UNIX.

  • The Martian

    The Martian 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 13 Oct, 2015

    I've thought overnight about this one. I didn't really like it.

    It's not unexpected that it can be challenging to watch a film of a book that you loved. And this is what it was for me, challenging.

    And here's why.

    Two of the most epic undertakings in the story are the two rover missions. In the film these are brief outings without much weight; struggle, danger. Leaving the hab was a massive deal.

    The sense of isolation in the…