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  • Lone Survivor 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 05 Feb, 2014

    Maybe it's excess testosterone, but I'm a total sucker for a good "based on a true story" war film.

    I've watched all the episodes of Making the Cut, a documentary series that covers the various testing regimes used to select members for the special branches of the US military. It's not something I'd ever do, but the insane tests these guys go through give an insight into the sort of abilities they need in the field.

    With this background, I…

  • The Wolf of Wall Street 2013

    ★★★ Watched 15 Jan, 2014

    It didn't really do it for me. Flaccid, over-long, self-obsessed. If I was a proper film reviewer I could probably work out a way to thread those words together into a coherent review, but I'm not.

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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.