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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 07 Jun, 2015

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Contains spoilers for 'Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior' and 'Mad Max: Fury Road'.

    Having recently rewatched the original trilogy in anticipation of this I found those three films were neither as good ('Mad Max', 'The Road Warrior') or as bad ('Beyond Thunderdome') as I recalled. The main things I took away from them was that 'Mad Max' was strongest when it veered into Survival Horror and the most memorable aspects of the two sequels are the convoy chase finales…

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Dec, 2015 2

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.


    To get a non-geeky view I asked my wife what she thought of it as we left the cinema. Her reply was that it wasn’t as bad as she expected but not as great as she expected either. I think I share this view as it is obviously better than the prequels, it’s a visually impressive and fun ride – but I wouldn’t say it’s a great film.

    My main issue is that it maybe spends too much time…

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★½ Watched 13 Jun, 2015 2

    This was almost the Wes Anderson film to win me over. As ever, the production design and cast are excellent, but as ever I failed to connect with it.

    I was on board at the start, enjoying the fast pace and vague screwball/farce quality to it but at only 100 minutes it feels a lot longer.

    If you like Wes Anderson's shtick then I expect you'll love this but it just didn't work for me.

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 22 Aug, 2015

    I'm glad I was out of the country when this was released in cinemas as I managed to avoid any trailers, articles, etc about it and so I was able to watch it 10 months later with almost no prior knowledge.

    Occasionally that can backfire but here it was a huge benefit as I really enjoyed the various twists and mysteries. Because of these elements, along with the grand ideas, Christopher Nolan's epic Sci-Fi odyssey demands a second viewing.

    It's to his credit that I look forward to doing so, even with the almost 3 hour running time.

  • 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.

  • Birdman

    Birdman 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 14 Nov, 2015

    aka Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

    A 'one-take' black comedy satire set behind the scenes of a play-within-a-film. Michael Keaton plays a Hollywood actor best known for his role in the "Birdman" superhero franchise. We follow him during a week of previews before opening night of the play he is writing, directing and starring in.

    The film appears to be shot in one continuous Long Take which, although a bit gimmicky, does not take away from the film…

  • Her

    Her 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Jun, 2015

    Spike Jonze's unusual Sci-Fi Romance follows Theodore Twombly, an introverted soon to be divorcee, who purchases an advanced Operating System.

    Set in a retro-futuristic Los Angeles this looks at online relationships, A.I. and our increasing reliance on technology.

    While this is maybe not as inventive as 'Being John Malkovich' or 'Adaptation.' Jonze still delivers an intriguing take on the subject with some unexpected developments along the way.

    I can see why everyone was raving about this. Everything just comes together…

  • 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 Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 07 Feb, 2014 2

    This review may contain 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…

  • 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.