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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 17 Dec, 2015

    Loved it. Super enjoyable romp, up there with Guardians of the Galaxy.

    The homages to Episode IV were laid on almost too thick, but the way I read this entire movie was that it was basically Abrams saying "ok nerds, here's your fucken modern Star Wars copy", which is fine by me. Any other approach would have been risky.

    But I'm hoping now that we have the fanboy funtimes out of the way, the next two will be able to stretch their legs a bit more. Fingers crossed!

  • About Time

    About Time 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 24 Aug, 2015

    For some reason it appears popular to dislike this (and other Richard Curtis) films. But I just really, really liked it.

    Funny, touching, and life-affirming. Gorgeous.

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  • The Ides of March

    The Ides of March 2011

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Dec, 2011

    Ryan Gosling is my new favourite actor. He has more lines in this film than Drive, but his ability to "act" without speaking is again incredibly well used in Ides.

    Add in a touch of Philip Seymor Hoffman, some George Clooney, and the guy from Sideways; and you end up with buckets of "soft power".

    The storyline kept me interested, with perhaps my only criticism being that it felt more like an episode rather than a film. But then I…

  • TT3D: Closer to the Edge

    TT3D: Closer to the Edge 2011

    ★★★★½ Watched 21 Mar, 2012 1

    This film is what I wanted Senna to be. A behind-the-scenes look at the mentality of motor racing. Why do these guys risk their lives for not much glory, and what happens when it goes wrong?

    It's a wonderfully crafted documentary, weaving a story and creating moments of real suspense. If you're vaguely interested in motor racing or the Isle of Man TT, it's definitely worth a watch.

    P.S. I didn't watch TT3D in 3D, but like most "3D" movies, didn't feel like I was missing anything.