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  • Children of Men 2006

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 26 Jun, 2013 4

    This isn't going to be much of a review, Adam Cook has recorded thoughts on this far better than I could come up with, but needless to say upon a much overdue rewatch my impression that this is the most perfectly realised film in many a year has only been furthered.

    Bit of personal trivia, for those who like such things in a review; the longest/most important r'ship I've ever been in can be summed up in the cinema dates…

  • 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.

  • Blue Jasmine 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 03 Mar, 2014

    Following movies made in the UK, Spain, France and Italy, Woody Allen not only returns to his homeland for this much lauded movie, he also returns to San Francisco for the first time since his starring role in 1972's Play It Again, Sam.

    He's behind the camera here of course allowing a talented cast to shine, perhaps a little more than the material actually deserves as many have pointed out. As I type, Cate Blanchett is now the proud owner…

  • X-Men: First Class 2011

    ★★★★ Watched 29 Jun, 2012

    Superhero fantasy James Bond meets sci fi Embarrassing Bodies!

    And the moral of the story? Don't trust a stripper...especially of the flying variety. They'll ditch you and the Big Brother style house you're holed up in as soon as look at you.

    Flippancy aside, this a thoroughly good watch and the only film from Matthew Vaughn and Jane 'Mrs Wossy' Goldman that I've actually completely enjoyed.

  • Midnight in Paris 2011

    ★★★ Watched 07 Dec, 2012

    I wanted to love this. I'm a Woody fan but I can't say he's made something amazing for some time. This was lauded as a return to form and whilst it has a lightness of touch that has been lacking in recent efforts it still doesn't add up to a classic or anywhere near Annie Hall, Manhattan or Hannah and Her Sisters. Overall, I can't help but wonder if Woody has been watching BBC1's 'Goodnight Sweetheart' from the 1990s

  • Lincoln 2012

    ★★★ Watched 17 Jan, 2014

    Drier than a ship's biscuit at low tide. This was less a film and more a plea for the opportunity to sweep the boards come the awards season.

    Spielberg knows that Lincoln was a great man but in acknowledging this fact he treats the project so utterly reverential that it becomes staid and dull almost as soon as it has left the starting trap.

    Still, kudos to Daniel Day Lewis who gives an impeccable and utterly believable turn as the…

  • Les Misérables 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 14 Dec, 2013 2

    I often say I don't do musicals, but to be honest when I think about it, that's a lie. It's not my favourite genre of film, but I do indeed do them and need only look at the films of Fred and Ginger, Bing and Jacques Demy to prove me wrong. I do like musicals, then.

    And yet, I still find some film musicals so off putting. I could not stick Mamma Mia for example, it was utterly nauseous to…

  • Captain America: The First Avenger 2011

    Watched 31 Dec, 2011

    Overall dull, with a sterling supporting cast of British actors terribly wasted - JJ Field, Hayley Attwell, new Who girl Jenna Louise Coleman, Richard Armitage, Natalie Dormer and Dominic Cooper to name but a few. But there is the excellent British character actor Toby Jones who seems to be channelling Ronald Lacey of Raiders Of The Lost Ark (as opposed to his dad Freddie) and indeed there's even a small tip of the hat to that far superior film in…

  • Thor 2011

    ★★ Watched 06 Apr, 2012

    Apart from some good bits (the fish out of water Earth scenes, shades of the Superman films in places) this could easily have been called Snore! Good to see Stringer Bell still running a corner even in a God like Kingdom in space! Viking mythology is cool, the cast is rather good, but the actual film-like pretty much all Marvel comic book adaptations-feels a bit flat on the whole.

  • Dredd 2012

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 25 Jul, 2013 3

    Third watch of this, previously extensively reviewed here letterboxd.com/man_out_of_time/film/dredd/

    I firmly believe this is the best action film of recent years and it is criminal how underrated it seems to be. You hear? Criminal. I AM THE LAW!

    This is how to do a comic book adaptation. This pisses all over those godawful CGI filled deathly dull and soulless merchandising cash ins masquerading as movies from Marvel.


    The film captures the look and feel of the Dredd dystopia really well,…

  • Dredd 2012

    ★★★★ Rewatched 12 Mar, 2013

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    Rewatch spurred on by Murray White and Judge Dredd's general awesomeness

  • Dredd 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 14 Feb, 2013 4

    I used to read quite a bit of 2000 AD as a kid back in the late 80s and early 90s, so imagine my crushing disappointment when as a 15 year old I paid good (pocket) money to see the previous big screen adaptation starring Sly Stallone. What a load of shite! Mind, given the only alternative at the time was Casper, the disappointment was somewhat tempered.

    It is with some hesitancy therefore that I approached Dredd, though not that…