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  • 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.

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • 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 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…

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 07 Jun, 2015

    This review reportedly contains 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…

  • 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.