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  • Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 18 Jan, 2013

    Such fun. My problems with it were the incongruous hip hop in the score, which gave the score an identity crisis with that music being way too modern for something steeped in 1960s/70s cool. And the obligatory Tarantino cameo complete with a horrid Australian accent. But let’s be fair those are insignificant problems. The cast and appearance of legends and newbies alike add a colour to the film. Through these actors and the score of smaller roles and cameos, we…

  • Gravity 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 11 Nov, 2013

    Usually waiting all year for a film from one of your favourite directors puts it on a pedestal so high that it can't possibly reach your expectations. I thought Gravity was going to be one of those films, ha... not likely. Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity is the best sci-fi film since Children of Men, which funnily enough is also from Cuaron. Invoking the imagery of Alien and 2001 without over extending its grasp. This is a buttock tighteningly tense film about faith and a thrilling existentialist lost in space film in a class of its own.

  • Her 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 14 Feb, 2014

    Her is an incredible piece of speculative sci-fi; Spike Jonze's near future of technological integration shows world building at its subtle best. After all, the best sci-fi doesn't feature flying cars but exaggerated versions of what we have now. The dynamic of the film works like that of a relationship, charming as we learn the rules of this world and catch the spark between Theodore and Samantha, but as time goes on the film becomes uneasy. In small moments the…

  • The Wolf of Wall Street 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 23 Jan, 2014

    A horror film about how a decent guy is corrupted by money and a flawless comedy about drug addiction; which happens to have the most perfect drug freakout scene one could hope to see. Wolf is a grotesque monster of a film with Di Caprio starring as Scorsese's Frankenstein. The veteran filmmaker tackles the ridiculous comedy and the unexpected horror of the 1%ers with the urgency of a filmmaker 30 year his junior. As slight as its impact is, Wolf of Wall Street is Scorsese's most entertaining film for a long time.

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 14 Mar, 2014 2

    The rise and rise of Wes Anderson continues with the awkward aftertaste of Moonrise Kingdom a distant memory. The film is at its most colourful when Fiennes is on screen, with middle third lacking in his absence. Which is a surprise to say the least, I was blissfully unaware that he could cope with comedy so naturally. Nobody and I mean nobody could ever make Gustave H such an eccentric delight. The style is another remarkable point in The Grand…

  • The Avengers 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Apr, 2012

    The best incredible hulk film ever made.

  • The Dark Knight Rises 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 20 Jul, 2012

    You could pick the dark knight rises to pieces. To do that would be ignoring the craft of Nolan, his crew and his cast. This is the zenith of action cinema, blockbusters, comic book heroes, and probably Nolan's best film yet. Even better than the Dark Knight. Rises is a staggering achievement. The escalation and the end of this trilogies story makes the word thrilling feel redundant. I could have happily sat through it a second time. The perfect end to a perfect trilogy.

  • The Dark Knight 2008

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 18 Jul, 2012

    Flawed, imperfect, problematic and po faced with a constant stream of wondrous moments, a terrifying performance from Ledger and a real flair for tension, character and action. It’s all too easy to bash the dark knight, for what it does wrong. On the other hand, the good stuff make Nolan’s film one of the greatest blockbusters ever made, and the greatest comic book movie, bar none. The Dark Knight is an endlessly rewarding movie that has me ecstatic for the climax of the trilogy.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Aug, 2014

    Only 80% of the palate cleanser that Marvel studios needed; not the total success as some would have you believe, but an amazingly fun watch nonetheless.

    First off are the positives. The soundtrack is a complete contrary point to what these film consistently offer, and it’s refreshing to hear 70s soul and pop as opposed to the crushing monotony of yet another bland rock band plucked from the ‘my first Rock music’ compilation. The cast of colourful characters brought to…

  • 12 Years a Slave 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 10 Jan, 2014

    It's been a long time since a film hit me as hard as this. While the Hans Zimmer score was on the obtrusive side and the casting of Brad Pitt hurt the immersion, it's still a endlessly harrowing drama from of the world's best new talents. Through characteristic long takes the film challenges the limits of how much you as a viewer can take, almost implying some level of compliance. And sitting at the top of this house of cards…

  • Silver Linings Playbook 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 26 Nov, 2012

    The only surprise is that Silver Linings Playbook is this good. Much better than O' Russell's previous film, the fighter, Silver Linings is a romantic drama with a deceptively modest relationship with mental health. Bradley Cooper is a fantastic lead and De Niro shows he still has the chops that he once had. However, the real star is Jennifer Lawrence, that girl has talent. While it’s true, the film doesn't really surprise you in any way, you could easily predict all the plot beats, but the performances and the drama therein made Silver Linings Playbook the nicest of surprises.

  • American Hustle 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 03 Jan, 2014

    First full & new film of 2014. I was expecting "method hair: the movie", and while it's better than that it's still a little wanting. My issues where that Amy Adams was as good as ever but felt a little miscast for my money and the pacing drops right off the map far too often. Way too long and at times it feels every second. Yet. The Scorsese influenced direction of the film stands up well and the performances from Bale and Cooper are as colorful as the 1970s style its drenched in.