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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 27 Dec, 2015

    "This will begin to make things right"

    Yes indeed it will, after the let down of the prequel trilogy JJ Abrams has made the Star Wars film I've waited 30 years for...

    He managed to wipe out any doubts with the opening crawl, a simple plot driver mentioning the disappearance of Luke, the mission to find him and the first orders rise. No trade federation. No Senate. Just a straight forward story.

    The Force is strong with this one. And BB8 is my new hero.

  • Her

    Her 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 16 Feb, 2014

    Whilst not an entirely original concept (the issue of man and machine relationships has been explored in places like the Twilight Zone and even more recently in The Big Bang Theory) Spike Jonze has explored it here in more detail than I've seen before and with the likelihood of a smarter OS being developed (we already have Siri) in the future this might be a reality we can all begin to identify with.

    The film itself is wonderful. Joaquin Phoenix…

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 19 Jan, 2014

    Phenomenally good for just about all of its runtime. Slows a little to the end and needs more Mcconaughey but an excellent film.

    Rumoured 4 hour director cut? Bring it!

  • Inception

    Inception 2010

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 15 Feb, 2014

    This film just gets better every time I watch it. I see to notice something new each time be it a snippet of dialogue or a visual clue or maybe just something as funny as Yusuf giving Fischers security the finger as he drives off the bridge.

    Among my favourite films. Ever.

  • The Avengers

    The Avengers 2012

    ★★★★★ Added 2

    Didn't think this would ever work.

    That's right, I didn't see how one film could take so many varied characters and actually give them enough screen time and individual attention. It was going to be a mess, a loud, noisy mess (I'm looking at you Transformers 2 and 3)

    Then Joss Whedon stepped up, and in a big way. While Marvel clearly went the right way by building up to the Avengers with individual films (rather than just an Avengers…

  • The Avengers

    The Avengers 2012

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 01 Nov, 2012

    "Doth Mother know you weareth her drapes?"

    This is still my film of the year, Skyfall was amazing but The Avengers (no it's not called Avengers Assemble) is a film I could watch over and over again. Repeatedly. Like start it when it ends repeatedly.

    I love the action, the humour, the music and most of all I love the characters. I've gotten to know them well since I first saw Iron Man and the Avengers simply brings them all…

  • The Avengers

    The Avengers 2012

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 24 Apr, 2013

    This film just got better.

    IMAX better !!

  • Fight Club

    Fight Club 1999

    ★★★★★ Added

    I cannot talk about Fight Club. Sorry.

  • Star Wars

    Star Wars 1977

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 27 Jan, 2013

    Part of my personal challenges for the year - 15 films made in the year I was born.

    This was the original 77 cut from the limited edition DVD with no extra scenes, no Lucas modifications and no changes at all. Just the film the way I first saw it, stunning as ever and, despite the unenhanced picture and mono sound, it's still the best version of the film. Cos Han shoots first. If Lucas ever backs down and releases these editions on Bluray fully remastered he will be on the road to redemption after Jar Jar.

  • The Shining

    The Shining 1980

    ★★★½ Added

    "Heeeeeeere's Johnny!!!"

    Watched this last night in an old theatre. It's a very good film with some great imagery and a stunning performance by Jack Nicholson. He elevates the film above and beyond similar efforts for me and I loved his transformation from regular Dad to psychotic madman. The young actor playing his son was also very good and played the classic "creepy kid" very well. However Shelly Duvall was not on the same level for me, far too flimsy…

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 29 Mar, 2014

    I'm a sucker for these Marvel films. I love them. But throw in Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders and a little bit of Emily Vancamp and you just made my life a little better.

  • The Empire Strikes Back

    The Empire Strikes Back 1980

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 03 Jun, 2013

    Version:original theatrical cut (1980)

    Simply one of the best films ever made.