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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    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…

  • Her

    Her 2013

    ★★★ Watched 02 Jan, 2015

    I still think this said the same thing but in a better, more poetic and certainly more concise manner;

    Spike Jonze film concerns a heartbroken man whose marriage has ended so messily that he has slowly cut himself off from normal interaction to become an introverted somewhat dysfunctional person with little faith in getting back on his feet or finding someone else to love. He's clearly depressed, but in a somewhat comfortable rut and, knowing he needs to organise…

  • Django Unchained

    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…

  • Django Unchained

    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.

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    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 Avengers

    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

    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…

  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 04 Nov, 2014

    In Lou Bloom, gaunt faced wide eyed star Jake Gyllenhaal and first time director and screenwriter Dan Gilroy has given us a truly disturbing society made creation and this generation's Travis Bickle.

    However, where Bickle felt compelled to nocturnally roam the scummy, crime ridden streets and protect his infatuations, Bloom has no such moral righteousness in his makeup. In fact, he's utterly devoid of morals as befits a man who has hungrily lapped up America's offensive TV news coverage and…

  • The Dark Knight Rises

    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…

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014

    ★½ Watched 30 Dec, 2014 11

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I don't know why I put myself through the dull horror of these Marvel movies as they're clearly not my cup of tea.

    Oh hang on, I do know why; Robert Redford. It's a very knowing role afforded him here, which harks back to his 70s political conspiracy thriller heyday, albeit with a subversive twist which reveals him to be the traitor. Sadly both the actor and the twist is really wasted by the Russo brothers at the helm of…

  • Silver Linings Playbook

    Silver Linings Playbook 2012

    ★★½ Watched 30 May, 2015

    This is one I've deliberately steered clear of for some time because it was just everywhere when it came out. I also have issues with the Oscar baiting depictions of disability or illness, specifically when characters with these conditions are portrayed by overtly glamourous Hollywood stars.

    For example, Bradley Cooper is not an actor to me, he is a star whose ascendancy was guaranteed by his attractiveness and charisma primarily over his talent. I do not find him an especially…

  • Skyfall

    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…