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  • Maleficent

    Maleficent 2014

    Watched 31 Dec, 2014 36

    What an awful film to finish the year with.

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 30 Dec, 2014 16

    Original Review

    An even more delightful confection a second time around. Officially now Wes Anderson’s best film.

  • Frozen

    Frozen 2013

    ★★½ Rewatched 29 Dec, 2014 7

    Original Review

    Still just okay and still not a patch on Tangled. I’ll also be happy if I never have to hear the song Let It Go again too.

  • A Christmas Tale

    A Christmas Tale 2014

    Watched 25 Dec, 2014 3

    When you realise you've got your priorities terribly wrong: Spending Christmas Day watching a new Syfy movie.

  • Over the Garden Wall

    Over the Garden Wall 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Dec, 2014 11

    Over the Garden Wall is a bold direction for Cartoon Network. Not only is it the network’s first foray into the mini-series format but it is quite unlike anything they have commissioned before. It’s a melancholic, dreamy and richly detailed story as two lost brothers wander through the eerie and mysterious Unknown looking to get home. Although many of the episodes feature self-contained stories there is a clear arc for the narrative and characters which eventually gains clarity in the…

  • Björk: Biophilia Live

    Björk: Biophilia Live 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 09 Dec, 2014 6

    Bjork is without doubt my favourite musical artist. I might not always love every album but her inquisitiveness and boundless experimentation make her truly one of a kind. Biophilia Live brings to a close her latest tour in glorious fashion. Opening with David Attenborough’s narration introducing the show this is no ordinary concert video as Bjork and her directors, Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland, create a rich audiovisual experience blending nature, music and technology to striking effect.

  • Swimmer

    Swimmer 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 04 Dec, 2014 4

    It might resemble a lengthy Guinness commercial at times but Lynne Ramsay’s oneiric ode to Britain’s waterways and cinema is a haunting, poetic and often exhilarating treat. Shot in sumptuous black and white this short film, produced as part of the London 2012 festival programme, follows the journey of a swimmer as he navigates British rivers and canals eavesdropping on the sounds of some of the nation’s most famous cinematic works.

    I can’t wait to sink beneath its inky black waters again.

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  • Paddington

    Paddington 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 28 Nov, 2014 37

    Paddington, both in the form of Michael Bond’s original stories and Ivor Wood’s captivating animated series, was always a childhood favourite which was why I was so opposed to the news of a cinematic adaptation. The terrible marketing and soulless trailers only reinforced my original opinion that a film based on the marmalade obsessed bear from darkest Peru was a mistake. How wrong I was.

    Ignore everything you’ve seen and forget about other recent CG/live-action hybrid adaptations of much-loved childhood…

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar 2014

    ★★½ Watched 07 Nov, 2014 239

    Some striking imagery and fleeting moments of beauty can’t stop the film feeling every second of its 169-minute run time, and then some. It’s a film that will undoubtedly enthral many and its ambition and lack of blockbuster action is admirable but I felt rather numb and disinterested by the whole journey. Suffering from an abundance of expository dialogue (and not just for the science bits) and lethargic pacing its opening two hours were partially saved by its fine cast…

  • Jurassic Park

    Jurassic Park 1993

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 01 Nov, 2014 57

    Original Review

    I’m always suspicious of people who don’t love this film.

  • Pompeii

    Pompeii 2014

    ★½ Watched 12 Oct, 2014 41

    Pompeii is the unloved bastard child of Gladiator and Titanic as crap-peddler, Paul W.S. Anderson, unsuccessfully melds a disaster epic with ham-fisted romance. As a director he has been churning out bland B-movies for years and whilst this is undoubtedly his biggest (certainly in budgetary terms) it also proves to be one of his dullest with only the briefest glimpses of a personality.

    With a title like Pompeii it is pretty obvious where the story is heading. What is slightly…

  • The Body

    The Body 2012

    ★★ Watched 11 Oct, 2014 4

    Can a film ever have too many twists? If Oriol Paulo’s debut feature is anything to go by then the answer is a resounding yes. The scriptwriter turned director has created a knotty thriller that piles on the twists and turns at the expense of characters and logic before descending into a frankly farcical climax that tries to pull the story together but simply leaves you wondering why you bothered watching the film in the first place.

    The Body is…