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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    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…

  • Her

    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…

  • Django Unchained

    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…

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    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…

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    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.

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Nov, 2014

    Not a Nolan fan, not even close, still it would be churlish to overlook Interstellar as one of 2014s most ambitious films. Not going to comment on Basil Exposition or the justifiably horrid sound design, no, the things that got me is how silly the contrivances are and how emotionally flat it was in its big moves.

    I am in the camp that find Christopher Nolan films cold and Interstellar is no different. Even the scene in which Coop leaves…

  • Birdman

    Birdman 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 05 Jan, 2015

    I've never liked the work of Iñárritu; his work reflected the most over-indulgent excesses of the art film and world cinema. Using his latest, Birdman, as a comparison point it prods this acclaimed farce into self-effacement. Actors and their egos are rampantly satirised, the method actor is proud and present in Edward Norton, the over-sensitive day dreamer with Naomi Watts and the proud vixen in Andrea Riseborough. The cream of this peerless ensemble is Michael Keaton who pairs together the…

  • Gravity

    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.

  • Boyhood

    Boyhood 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 18 Jul, 2014

    If you take away the bad music choices in the opening 30 - spearheaded by Coldplay - then Boyhood merrily jogs into masterpiece territory. A fictional counterpoint to the Up documentary series, which sees this super ambitious project filmed over 12 years. Being part of Mason’s life between the ages of 5 and 18 is an experience which has next to no precedence in traditional cinema; as such it’s quite the exceptional experience. A specific aspect of Americana is the…

  • The Avengers

    The Avengers 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Apr, 2012

    The best incredible hulk film ever made.

  • The Dark Knight

    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.

  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler 2014

    ★★★ Watched 31 Oct, 2014

    Aww, I was expecting a bit more from such a critically adored film.

    To its defence, there is stuff to praise. Gyllenhaal is continuing to prove his eye for a role with a career best performance as the loathsome Lou Bloom, and the more intense/action-packed explorations into his lack of morality are brilliantly staged and framed. Of which, the cinematography reminds of the LA imagined in Michael Mann's Collateral. The satire is notable, with the commentary on the vampiricism of…