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  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★★ Rewatched 01 Apr, 2014 2

    On this second viewing Quentin Tarantino's ninth(?) film remains a sometimes uncomfortable, yet always entertaining, watch.

    He combines his love and knowledge of the Blaxploitation and Spaghetti Western genres into a "Southern" revenge tale. As to be expected there's the trademark dialogue, violence and set pieces all grounded by some great performances (Waltz, Jackson, DiCaprio, Foxx). It obviously had less impact than when I saw it in the cinema but the plot seemed to flow better this time around, even…

  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 21 Jan, 2013

    Tarantino's 'Southern' is a blood-soaked tale of slavery, bounty hunting & revenge. Funny, uncomfortable, gripping. 9/10.

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 07 Feb, 2014 2

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Contains spoilers for 'The Wolf Of Wall Street', 'Blow' and 'Goodfellas'.

    An outrageous and very entertaining story presented, as they say on the internet, without comment.

    I've seen reports about the moral ambiguity of this film, but I think it's an intentional choice by Scorsese. In similarly themed biopics such as 'Blow' or Scorsese's own 'Goodfellas' it is clear from the start that the lead character is a bad guy – becoming a drug smuggler or gangster is illegal, the…

  • Gravity

    Gravity 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 13 Jun, 2014

    I never went to see this at the cinema but finally got a chance to watch it on a Home Cinema 3D BluRay. I'm glad I waited to see it in this setting as although it's a pretty good 'Science-Fact' thriller it is elevated by (literally) awesome special effects work and surely the best use of 3D so far. 8/10.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 03 Aug, 2014 1

    It's a sign of their success and confidence that Marvel chose to make this as the tenth entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and to allow James Gunn to make it in his style. This Sci-Fi/Action Comedy romp is a hell of a fun ride that introduces an unlikely group of lesser known comic characters who are now destined to be fan favourites, as well as expanding the film Universe with gusto.

    This is not a Superhero film. It's a…

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    ★★★★ Rewatched 02 Jan, 2015

    **Possible spoilers for 'Thor: The Dark World'**

    In order to travel long distances in South East Asia as cheaply as possible I have often found myself on a coach or sleeper bus in recent months. Sometimes they blast out local music or show a foreign film without English subtitles but earlier today we got a bit of a treat - Guardians of the Galaxy in English (with Thai subtitles).

    Now this obviously isn't my chosen method for a rewatch but…

  • The Avengers

    The Avengers 2012

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 28 Oct, 2013

    Before each new Marvel Cinematic Universe release I re-watch the relevant films, so with 'Thor: The Dark World' about to come out I planned to watch 'Thor' and 'The Avengers'. I really enjoyed watching Thor again but almost didn't bother watching this as I saw it back when 'Iron Man 3' came out – however I'm glad that I did as it's still a great watch!

    This time around I was concentrating on anything relating to Thor and Loki but…

  • The Avengers

    The Avengers 2012

    ★★★★★ Added

    I enjoyed it even more the second time around, noticing little details. The perfect Superhero blockbuster. 10/10.

  • The Avengers

    The Avengers 2012

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 24 Apr, 2013

    Third viewing & still delivers everything I want from an epic Superhero/Comic multi-sequel crossover blockbuster! 10/10.

  • The Avengers

    The Avengers 2012

    ★★★★½ Added

    Joss Whedon and Marvel pull it off! A great comic book blockbuster; brilliantly structured, balanced & paced. 9/10

  • The Dark Knight

    The Dark Knight 2008

    ★★★★½ Added

    Larger scale & more action based but it's a logical progression of the story, and an excellent tense thriller. 9/10.

  • The Dark Knight Rises

    The Dark Knight Rises 2012

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 03 Mar, 2013 14

    Some minor plot holes aside, it's more satisfying the second time around, bringing the trilogy full circle. 9/10.