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  • Honeymoon 2014

    ★★★ Watched 07 Feb, 2015

    Well that was really very good. Comprised essentially only of the just-married couple, Bea (Rose Leslie) and Paul (Harry Treadaway)—and only two other people make an appearance in the whole film—it manages to pull off an intense, suspenseful, perfectly-paced horror/sci-fi with no need for special effects or obscene gore.

    The set-up is very simple: the happy couple head into a cabin in the woods for their honeymoon, and soon things take a turn for the weird. Having found Bea in…

  • Citizenfour 2014

    Watched 05 Feb, 2015

    Produced and directed by Laura Poitras, a Berlin-based, American-born producer and director, who has made numerous films attacking America's foreign policy, Citizenfour rounds out a trilogy that started in 2006 with My Country, My Country about the U.S. regency in Iraq, and had its last instalment in 2010 with The Oath, a film that apparently follows two al-Qaeda members in Yemen and concludes they're not such bad chaps.

    The target this time for Poitras is the National Security Agency (NSA).…

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  • Avatar 2009

    ★★ Watched 16 Jun, 2013 3

    It is simply impossible to see what the fuss was about. Was it the visuals perhaps—surely surpassed now by Life of Pi (reviewed here)? It can't be the acting—I like Sam Worthington and Sigourney Weaver as much as anybody, but reality is still reality. My impression is that the supposed wondrousness of the thing was political: this is a film that presents a vision of what idiots believe the Iraq War was about—and indeed what people now commonly take to…

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 16 Apr, 2014 4

    It is quite simply brilliant. Trying to explain why without giving anything away is tricky but here goes ...

    It is perhaps to be expected in 2014 that visually a film will pass muster but the manner of the passing here is quite exceptional. Better still, there is none of the pretentiousness about it that occasioned Avatar (reviewed here) or—much worse—Life of Pi (see here).

    The acting is sensational. It is impossible to overpraise Andrew Garfield. As someone who actually…