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  • Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★★ Rewatched 27 May, 2013 9

    Second watch, it's still a brilliant film but it's lost half a star. I think they could have cut quite a bit from this to make a perfect movie, certainly starting with Tarantino's cameo.

  • Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 29 Jan, 2013

    Loved it.

    A good tale well told that fitted its epic length rather well. QT has definitely matured as a film maker to tell this story truthfully and still feel able to tip his hat to his exploitation loves.

    It is well directed, well shot, it looks beautiful. The soundtrack is a pleasing damn good mish mash, there are some genuinely funny moments and of course some genuinely tense moments. I love how QT has turned some things totally on…

  • The Wolf of Wall Street 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 11 Oct, 2014

    There's no denying that Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street has proved to be a deeply divisive film, with some claiming that this is a bold and striking movie that swaggers with a brio not expected from a veteran director now in his 70s, whilst others have dismissed it as overlong, puerile, repetitive and displaying a certain adolescence one should not expect from a veteran director now in his 70s.

    I can understand both arguments really; The Wolf of…

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 26 Oct, 2014

    Some films you just want to live inside, this is one of those movies.

    Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel is a delightful and mischievous confection that is a true delight for the senses. It's also wickedly funny thanks in no small part to Ralph Fiennes who, in recent years with appearances in In Bruges and Cemetery Junction has been showing a hitherto hidden flair for comedy, well this performance is undoubtedly his pinnacle with lines like 'She was shaking…

  • The Avengers 2012

    Watched 26 May, 2013 13

    Can't really say I watched it, I lasted 40 minutes. Just not my cup of meat. That said, I'd had the torture of sitting through all the other empty Marvel vehicles (only Iron Man, the original, stood out as quality the rest were no brained CGI spectaculars) so I felt it only fair to give this a go.

    Wish I hadn't bothered.

    Same old crash bang wallop, serious faces and lame attempts at comedy that just come off as smug and irritating.

    Was confused to see How I Met Your Mother's Robin at the start mind!

  • Drive 2011

    ★★★½ Rewatched 01 Apr, 2012

    Drive gets a lot of hype, some deserved and some not so.

    The important thing to remember is this is a slick stylized interpretation of a 70s or 80s B Movie (it even has Albert Brooks in!) and that's it.

    Machete and Hobo With A Shotgun are equally stylized B Movies pieces, but failed to gain such hype. Still where this succeeds over those is in capturing the hearts and minds of the GTA generation.

    The whole production is drenched…

  • The Dark Knight Rises 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 07 Dec, 2012

    5 star anticipation.

    3 and a half star movie.

    3 star resolution to the trilogy.

    I so wanted to like this, and I did, but I didn't love this. For me, Batman Begins is still the best film in this series that Nolan made. The Dark Knight came a good second but this primarily seemed more concerned with tying up the loose ends of the franchise and leaving a massive door open.

    The high points are of course Anne Hathaway…

  • American Hustle 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 03 Oct, 2014 1

    "Don't put metal in the science oven"

    I finally got round to seeing a film whose reception was so divisive. Was it worth all that Oscars buzz? Probably not, in fact no definitely not. But David O. Russell's American Hustle was - for me - a pleasing if somewhat sprawling shaggy dog story imbued with a classy cast, an eclectic soundtrack and a great authentic 70s look in terms of cinematography, direction, design and wardrobe.

    David O. Russell's direction seemed…

  • Skyfall 2012

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 18 Feb, 2013 6

    You know his name, you know my view.

    Second watch, still fabulous.

  • Skyfall 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 05 Nov, 2012

    Far far better than Quantum of Solace, but still not as good as Casino Royale, Skyfall is nevertheless a superb movie and demands to be seen on the big screen (if only for the heart stoppingly beautiful Scottish landscape) The key to Skyfall, indeed perhaps the key to all successful Bond movies, is a good story, simply told.

    A continuation and to an effect conclusion of 'the origin story' Craig's Bond here is remarkably more mellow, despite the onslaught he…

  • Argo 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 11 Oct, 2013 2

    At his BAFTA acceptance speech, Ben Affleck went all F Scott Fitzgerald on us and proclaimed this stage in his career to be his 'second act'. Well, from watching Argo for the first time tonight (a little late to the party I know) I think we can assume it'll be a long time until Affleck sees his curtain call.

    Argo is certainly his most mainstream directorial effort, and I imagine that's an intentional gear change. Nevertheless, this film doesn't lose…

  • Star Trek Into Darkness 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 02 Sep, 2013

    Lacking something compared to the epic and fun first movie in the Abrams reboot this is still nonetheless a rip roaring ride where no person has gone before with the Enterprise crew.

    Sadly the same minor niggles from the first one are evident here, namely beyond the main five or so in the cast the other characters are weakly drawn. But praise indeed to Benedict Cumberbatch for producing such a brilliant baddie and the film's biggest draw. At turns all…