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  • 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.

  • 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…

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2011

    ★★★ Watched 10 Oct, 2012 3

    So I've finally got round to watching this.

    If you look at the top left there it'll say I've seen this on 10 Oct 2012, for the first time. But have I?
    Because you see I've watched the original Swedish version, and its two sequels, already. I adored them and frankly, when I heard that Hollydud had decided to remake them my initial feeling was 'why?'
    It felt like a pointless exercise, much like BBC1 installing Kenneth Branagh as Wallander…

  • Only God Forgives 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 26 Dec, 2013

    Perhaps naturally after the huge success if Drive, Winding Refn wanted to totally twist our melons and see just how far the clamouring audience waiting for his next ultra violent collaboration with Ryan Gosling was willing to go.

    And perhaps naturally, not everyone was willing to go as far as he took them with Only God Forgives.

    The positives to this film are huge. The visuals, my God the visuals - in turn beautiful and horrific, and the all pervading…

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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…