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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 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…

  • 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…

  • Prometheus 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 14 May, 2013 4

    Firstly I need to say I've never been a big Alien fan. I appreciate the original is a seminal piece with a stunningly grubby (is that a contradiction in terms?) set design and a brilliant ensemble cast that changed the way we viewed sci fi whilst still using traditional tropes from that genre, horror movies and 'And Then There Were None' style chillers.

    I totally appreciate it's a solid piece of workmanship, extremely mature, intelligent and aesthetically brilliant.

    But...they still…

  • The World's End 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 27 Dec, 2013 3

    Watching this brilliant film for the first time tonight, I have developed a theory regarding the often lukewarm responses I have previously seen towards this, the last in the Pegg/Frost/Wright Cornetto Trilogy of films.

    The reason why some do not rate this quite highly is I may feel due to an age/generational thing.

    Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz were vibrant balls out movies. Fresh and innovative, they spoke across the generations, specifically the 20s/early 30s slackers I grant…

  • The Hunger Games 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 13 Mar, 2014

    Following my ill advised watch of One Day on Sunday night, the film adaptation of David Nicholls' bestseller, I got into an interesting discussion about my inability to engage with what others seem to love so easily and totally.

    This discussion led to an accusation that perhaps I'm the sort of person who refuses to readily engage with popular culture. That I probably have an attitude that, quote, 'if ten people like this, I must hate it on principle' and…