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  • Noah 2014

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    What a pile of trash.

  • A Hijacking 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 06 Oct, 2014

    Powerful, gripping, intense. I had to let out a deep breath and just sit staring at the credits for a little while after this one. Totally not what I expected, and as others have already said: many, many times better that Captain Phillips.

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  • 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…

  • Spirited Away 2001

    ★★★★★ Watched 03 Jan, 2012

    Why have I not seen this film before? I suspect it's because I thought it would be too scary for my little kids, but not "adult" enough for me to watch alone.

    Correct on the first count (some of the early scenes are batshit-insane and would have kept my 4-6 yo awake for many nights), wrong on the second.

    Great story, but the jaw-dropping animation really made the film. The day after watching Spirited Away on a 42" TV, I saw TinTin (2011) in 3D, at Gold Class, on a giant theatre screen. Spirited Away is still stuck in my mind.