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  • These Final Hours

    These Final Hours 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 06 Jun, 2015


  • Boyhood

    Boyhood 2014

    ★★★ Added

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Technically amazing, and generally well-written, but I just couldn't embrace this movie. Too often the relationships and interactions came across as contrived and wooden.

    There were several interactions where the script and direction were clearly holding the actors back from what would be more natural (hugging, talking, complaining). Instead we get gormless looks and silence.

    Take away the technical achievement of filming across 12 years, and you're left with a pretty lifeless docu-drama that would be straight to DVD or Sunday night TV.

Popular reviews

  • 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…

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 06 Nov, 2014

    I was apprehensive going into Interstellar. I was worried that my own personal hype would result in a letdown.

    For background: I liked Contact a lot. I didn't really like the soppy ambiguous bits, but they weren't enough to reduce the pleasure I got from the grand-scale SciFi set pieces.

    Interstellar on the other hand just totally rocked my world. Think Gravity with better space physics meets Contact with bigger set pieces and a better storyline. Add in a bit…