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  • 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…

  • Oblivion 2013

    ★★ Watched 02 Feb, 2014 6

    I struggle with Tom Cruise. I don't really like him but....he keeps making movies I want to see and some that I even really enjoy.

    Let's look at the evidence; The Color Of Money is one of my favourites (largely for Newman though) then there's Valkyrie, Vanilla Sky, the MI series (well ok, the first one) Interview With A Vampire, Eyes Wide Shut, Legend, Collateral and most recently Jack Reacher in which he was totally miscast (the role requires someone…

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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 ;)

  • Hugo 2011

    ★★½ Watched 24 Dec, 2012

    Oh dear.

    Firstly, let me get one thing off my chest before I explain why I've had to give this such a low score.

    Chloë Grace Moretz cannot act.

    It's such a shame that some child stars, especially talented ones, fade away, whilst others thrive on.

    Her delivery of the line 'You don't like books?!' Is one of the most off, ill judged and cringeworthy deliveries I've seen since....well, since any of the lines she similarly fouled up in Dark…

  • 21 Jump Street 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 06 Dec, 2012

    Meta humoured, self referential laugh out loud funny buddy cop movie based on a shit and largely forgotten 80s TV show that just happened to be Johnny Depp's big break.

    Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum make for a likeable duo and, though it gets a little too mawkish once in a while and occasionally has patches were it feels like it's running out of steam or is overstaying its welcome, you're never too far away from a good one liner…

  • 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.

  • Brave 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 14 Apr, 2013 2

    Delightful, witty, utterly charming and assuredly Scottish; thank God we didn't have to put up with an American voice cast adopting iffy Scottish accents or a Rod Stewart soundtrack! Speaking of which the original songs by the Gaelic folk legend that is Julie Fowlis are wonderful.

    It was nice to hear Emma Thompson give her Suzie Kettles from Tutti Frutti voice an airing once more, as well as be reunited with her co-star from that, Robbie Coltrane.

    Kelly Macdonald is superb and cutely charismatic as Merida, hopefully giving a whole new generation of little girls a princess heroine to aspire to be.

  • 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…

  • Moon 2009

    ★★★½ Watched 30 Dec, 2012 1

    Occasionally in danger of orbiting its own arsehole, Moon is nonetheless an interesting and unusual feature from the once known Zowie Bowie