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  • Interstellar 2014

    ★★½ Watched 07 Nov, 2014 231

    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 1993

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 01 Nov, 2014 62

    Original Review

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

  • Pompeii 2014

    ★½ Watched 12 Oct, 2014 42

    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 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…

  • The Missing Scarf 2013

    ★★★ Watched 11 Oct, 2014 2

    Written and directed by Irish filmmaker, Eoin Duffy, The Missing Scarf is an existential comedy about common fears. One day a squirrel wakes to discover his favourite scarf is missing and as he sets out to find it again he is interrupted by the anxieties and problems of the other woodland creatures. As the squirrel helps solve these problems he discovers his own issues aren’t as important as he first feared.

    Narrated by George Takei, the animated short has a…

  • Cuban Fury 2014

    ★★½ Watched 10 Oct, 2014 16

    Cuban Fury marks Nick Frost’s first foray as a leading man. It’s only a shame that the first time he has really emerged from Simon Pegg’s shadow is in such an undemanding and equally unambitious romantic-comedy. It’s a film that ticks the boxes delivering an amiable comedy along the way but ultimately fails to leave much of an impression by the time the credits have finished rolling.

    Nick Frost stars as Bruce Garrett, once a prodigious salsa dancer in his…

  • The Harry Hill Movie 2013

    ★★ Watched 10 Oct, 2014

    Maybe it was because I watched it after the abominable Keith Lemon: The Film but Harry Hill’s first cinematic outing was actually okay… in parts. I’ve always been a fan of Harry Hill’s brand of surreal silliness but I never imagined it would particularly work stretched out over a feature-length production. Those fears do prove correct but whilst this self-titled movie is undoubtedly more miss than hit it does possess a daft charm.

    The Harry Hill Movie is a relentlessly…

  • A Touch of Sin 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 09 Oct, 2014

    Jia Zhang-ke’s unflinching polemic explores divisions and oppression in contemporary China. The director, inspired by true stories across the country, has created an angry and political film about exploited and marginalised people fighting back in shocking and bloody ways. The film is comprised of four loosely connected stories about acts of violence in a country experiencing great social and economic change.

    Known for his politically charged work, Zhang-ke’s latest is no different even if it is devised as a portmanteau…

  • Powder Room 2013

    ★★ Watched 09 Oct, 2014 2

    Powder Room, based on a stage play which is evident from a rather static adaptation, marks the feature debut from M.J. Delaney. It is essentially a British comedy-drama but one that never successfully marries its two genres with mirthless crude humour rubbing shoulders with unsuccessful stabs at pathos and weightier drama.

    Sheridan Smith (a versatile actress often wasted with poor roles) stars as Sam, a single woman unhappy with her place in the world. On a girls’ night out with…

  • Need for Speed 2014

    Watched 08 Oct, 2014 11

    He may well have starred in Breaking Bad but with this film and that awful Xbox advert I’m finding it pretty tough to like Aaron Paul. Attempting to piggyback on the renewed success of the Fast & Furious franchise, Need for Speed is a thunderingly stupid action film about a bunch of wholly unlikeable arseholes and their shiny fast cars. Based on the same-titled video game series the film follows in a long line of inept adaptations that attempt to get…

  • Holocaust 2000 1977

    ★★½ Watched 07 Oct, 2014 6

    Holocaust 2000 is a cynically produced thriller designed to cash-in on the success of The Omen. As with Donner’s classic, an ageing A-list actor (this time Kirk Douglas) must battle his son, Angel, who also happens to be the Antichrist. It’s an odd mongrel of a movie with an international flavour from its American lead and Italian director down to its British locations. By any objective measure it’s a forgettable entry in the apocalyptic sub-genre but I can’t deny that…

  • Nothing Left to Fear 2013

    ★½ Watched 07 Oct, 2014 5

    It’s always a worrying sign when the main publicity for a film centres on the identity of its producer (this time rock legend, Slash) rather than the quality of the movie. Having sat through Nothing Left to Fear it is pretty clear why Slash’s involvement has received most of the attention because this limp horror film has very little to offer.

    Directed by Anthony Leonardi III (a storyboard artist turned director), Nothing Left to Fear is a sluggish and tension-free…