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  • Psycho

    Psycho 1960

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 22 Oct, 2013

    Janet Leigh really should have checked on Laterooms before setting out.

    What, do you really expect a proper review? Far better reviewers than me have had a go. Go and read theirs ;)

  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 26 Dec, 2014 2

    I was pleasantly surprised to read the first Hunger Games novel a couple of summers ago and just as surprised to see the first big screen adaptation which not only did the source material proud it actually improved it in some areas.

    This sequel is an adaptation of the second novel which I haven't read. I had intended to get round to it but I have a 'to read' pile that would make Hercules think twice about taking the task…

  • The World's End

    The World's End 2013

    ★★★★ 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

    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…

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 07 Jul, 2012

    The ultimate blockbuster.

    The booby traps, Alfred Molina double crossing, Paul Freeman's suave arch rival/nemesis, the stunning locations, the John Williams score, Karen Allen being hot, the Nazi monkey, just shooting the sword wielding bad guy, Ronald Lacey's Peter Lorre homage and THAT coat hanger gag, snakes - why did it have to be snakes?, Pat Roach's burly bald headed mechanic, Wolf Kahler's Nazi, the opening of The Ark and that spooky perfect ending.

    Oh and Denholm Elliott's Marcus Brody here is brilliant, serious and not at all like the comic relief (which was excellent as well) in The Last Crusade.

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002

    ★★★ Rewatched 21 Dec, 2014

    In which Yosser Hughes keeps going on about ballsdeep or some such, Liv Tyler looks hot and Andy Serkis steals the film.

  • Godzilla

    Godzilla 2014

    ★★½ Watched 29 Mar, 2015 5

    Watched principally for Sally Hawkins because, as you can probably guess by now, these kind of films really aren't my kind of thing - if they don't have Quatermass, Doctor Who or the Doomwatch team in them that is.

    As expected it was the usual dark and gloomy, CGI heavy bonanza with utterly soulless dialogue. There wasn't so much a script here as a series of exposition, military jargon and pseudo scientific babble, with the latter given to poor Sally…

  • Star Trek Into Darkness

    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…

  • Spectre

    Spectre 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 05 Nov, 2015 2

    Well I loved it.

    Whisper it, but Spectre is a bit of a Greatest Hits of Bond, harking back to several moments across the franchise's history. Aside from some stuff that would constitute spoilers, there's the opening pre-titles credit sequence which owes a lot to Live and Let Die; there's a brawl on a train with a fearsome heavy (the most fearsome heavy since...well, since I don't know when. The recent Bond movies haven't really dealt in this tradition); there's…

  • Spectre

    Spectre 2015

    ★★★★ Rewatched 22 Feb, 2016 2

    See my previous review. I still love this. Some people (I'll not say idiots, but hey, it is crossing my mind) disliked this solely because it wasn't Skyfall. Have they not seen any other Bond films? Did they lament From Russia With Love because it wasn't Dr No? I like this because it is, for better or for worse, a Bond film in the truest sense. And, in that respect, I wish the pre-titles credit sequence had ended with Bond…

  • Prometheus

    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…

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 21 May, 2015

    I'd previously had this to say about this film's predecessor, Rise of the Planet of the Apes;

    When Rise of the Planet of the Apes came out you could almost hear the collective sighs go up across the world; at last, they said, a rebooted franchise that didn't sully the original films. It was a neat, smart prequel and great intelligent popcorn entertainment.

    Even I agreed, and I'm a Luddite who has an aversion to CGI. But the work of…