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  • Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 27 Dec, 2012

    "DJANGO UNCHAINED allows our hero to continually evolve. With each subsequent situation he gets into, he is forced to adapt. While his arc is ultimately one of revenge, it isn’t a vengeance that will come easily.

    It doesn’t take much for Django to tap into the hostility he has built-up as a former slave, but what does take a bit of doing is Django’s sense of patience. It’s moments like the dinner with Calvin Candie that really emphasize both how much patience Django is required to exert, and how well Jamie Foxx embodies it..."

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  • Gravity 2013

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 04 Oct, 2013

    "The visual trickery not only allows the audience to feel the beauty and fluidity that comes with weightlessness, but it also underscores the danger that Stone will soon find herself in. The camera floats and swoops because of that absence of gravity. Thing is, the absence of gravity is a pretty scary thing – especially when there’s no way of moving through it unaided. It’s a physical property that we take so very much for granted, but whose absence is truly terrifying...."

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  • The Wolf of Wall Street 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Dec, 2013

    Jordan – and many in the real world just like him – took Mark Hanna’s advice and ran with it as far as he could. They work hard for the money the have amassed, there’s no denying that. They have earned the right to find a release from the stress. Unfortunately though, the release they seek isn’t one of fulfilment, family, or fellowship. Whether they throw little people, knock down martinis, or do enough drugs knock out a horse, the…

  • The Avengers 2012

    Watched 04 May, 2012

    "In every sport except baseball, franchises that stack their roster as an all-star team rarely succeed. The reason or this is simple; when you get that much ego in one place, that many personalities used to being "the man", nobody knows how to play their role. These teams become plagued by squabbling and ultimately fail. It's only in every member of the team understanding how to play off the ball that the team can win. When this happens, everyone understands…

  • The Dark Knight Rises 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 20 Jul, 2012

    "Everything about this film – from its megalomaniacal plot to it’s IMAX presentation – is about doing something grand. Studios are known to do this with franchises, but not know when to say “when”, and because of that, they drive properties into the ground with overabundance. With THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, Christopher Nolan has used the studio’s goodwill to map out a deliberate and methodical movie, but on the largest scale seen since THE LORD OF THE RINGS..."

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  • Her 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 12 Dec, 2013

    "HER understands life in this age like few other films do. Johansson, Phoenix and Jones find a perfect harmony to tell the tale; like three points on an equilateral triangle. Looking at the intersection of all three points, we find a beautiful blend of illumination, empathy, and grace. Everything from the story being told to the colour palette employed to tell it is a celebration of humanity and connection is this ever-shrinking world in which we live in…a place so intertwined, and yet so isolating..."

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  • Inception 2010

    Rewatched 11 Jul, 2012

    "Many of the set pieces for INCEPTION are amazing to behold, and the knowledge that so very many of them were practical effects only heightens the experience. While I have refrained from the Christopher Nolan love-fest that has been buzzing for the last few weeks, I must indeed hand the man credit. There are many lesser talents in Hollywood who would see these ideas in a script and immediately think “digital effects”. To see real actors on real sets do what we see them do is becoming very scarce in Hollywood…and it takes some real guts to pull it off..."

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  • Skyfall 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 09 Nov, 2012

    "It seems inevitable that every hero the public raises up on its’ collective shoulders is bound to topple and fall to the ground. Equally inevitable is the way that fall will increase our fascination with them. For some reason, we want to worship idols, but not Gods. So when a hero suddenly shows that they are like us after all – prone to disillusionment, pain, and age - that’s the moment that we care most about them.

    That’s the moment that we want to see them rise..."

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  • 12 Years a Slave 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 07 Sep, 2013

    There are many words that have already been lobbed around about Steve McQueen’s 12 YEARS A SLAVE.

    Raw, unflinching, brutal, unrelenting, harrowing, shattering, blistering, savage, and gruesome to name a few. However, I believe those sorts of adjectives do the film a disservice. They make it sound unpalatable; like the sort of thing one believes they should see even if they don’t necessarily want to see it. That’s why I believe it’s important to underline that while this film is…

  • Argo 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 14 Oct, 2012

    "ARGO is a film that is all about the viewing experience, and less about trying to reinvent the wheel. Perhaps the greatest evidence of that comes with its subject matter; a 33-year-old story that many in the audience know the end of. The story isn’t so much “Will the hostages escape?” so much as it is “What will happen when they make their escape?”. Because of this, the whole experience comes down to execution. Again, I don’t think the execution…

  • American Hustle 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Dec, 2013

    You have to weep for humanity when a talented fraud is celebrated for his talent, instead of being decried as a fraud. That’s not to say that what Irving suggests is false – far from it. The fact is that for a long time now society has celebrated and elevated people who act important over those that actually are important. As the saying goes, “If you can’t do it, fake it.”. It’s ass backwards, but the fact that we as a society idolize the fashionable and the fraudulent explains why it doesn’t take much to turn the average person into a crook...

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  • Looper 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 29 Sep, 2012

    "This is a movie that wants us to think about the future. When we make the selfish decisions that humans so often make, we end up causing ripples, and affecting people in ways we don’t intend or understand. In our minds, we might think we’re helping ourselves, or even helping others…but the truth sometimes is that we’re just setting some unfortunate events in motion. Try as we might, there’s just no going back and fixing things.."

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