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  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Jul, 2014 2

    'Apes. Together. Strong.'

    I honestly do not understand how they're getting away with this. That's two Apes movies in a row now that defy expectations. I mean, I thought Rise was a slow burn for a summer tentpole movie, but this? They kind of sold this as a war movie, there's quite a bit of action or the promise of it in the trailers, and the main poster image features Caesar covered in warpaint, but that really isn't the movie…

  • 22 Jump Street 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 12 Jul, 2014

    Everything involving Ice Cube seemed better this time around, I thought he was one-note (even though it was a good note) the last time, but they seemed to draw a lot more humour from him immediately. I mean, it looked like his office was a cube of ice!

    Tatum was a highlight for me. His idiocy, sincerity and physical prowess were comedic gold, and his response to the Ice Cube reveal was perfection.

    I couldn't get enough of the meta…

  • The Raid 2 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 26 May, 2014

    This movie has incredible action. It rivals or surpasses that of the first movie. It's still creatively choreographed and absolutely brutal. It also has a good few gimmick characters that bring some iconography to the proceedings, iconography that I guess the previous entry lacked. That said, this movie is not the first movie. It doesn't have the unrelenting focus, the momentum, or the tension. It is a simplistic narrative, but it's a different kind of simplistic from the first film.…

  • X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 26 May, 2014

    Not the best-in-franchise it's touted as by some, but the best X-Men film since the last time Bryan Singer made one, which is good enough for me. I enjoyed a whole bunch about this movie, and while I could nitpick it to death, I'd prefer not to.

    Observations:
    - It bugged me that they called Pietro "Peter", and I didn't come around to his look either, but I really did enjoy pretty much everything else they did with Quicksilver ("My…

  • Enemy 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 11 May, 2014

    This movie is brilliant at establishing and sustaining its unsettling tone. Midway through (specifically when Sarah Gadon's character meets up with the other Gyllenhaal) I'd settled on an interpretation of the events that were unfolding. At that point I thought the movie would either confirm what I thought, undermining the power of the whole experience, or contradict what I thought, with a potentially unsatisfying explanation, refocusing the film on plot instead of feel. Thankfully, there is no explanation. Denis Villeneuve…

  • Frantic 1988

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Apr, 2014

    'MY WIFE.'

    Roman Polanski made a Hitchcock movie starring Harrison Ford. It's as good as that sounds.

    Observations:
    - Mmm, Pizza Hut.
    - The Society of the Crossed Keys!
    - Same dress, how embarrassing.

    See Also:
    The Man Who Knew Too Much, The Fugitive, Tell No One

  • RockNRolla 2008

    ★★★½ Watched 20 Apr, 2014

    It's not like I was completely in love with this or anything, but it did make me long for a time when Guy Ritchie made Guy Ritchie movies. Now he's off making Sherlock Holmes and The Man from UNCLE and King Arthur. It's just not the same.

  • Wolf Children 2012

    ★★★ Watched 06 Apr, 2014

    Observations:
    - This is more in the vein of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time than Summer Wars.
    - Hosoda is good with emotional gut-punches.

    See Also:
    My Neighbour Totoro, The Cat Returns, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

  • The Heartbreak Kid 2007

    ★★ Watched 04 Apr, 2014

    I've decided Ben Stiller is at hims most funny when he's really zany. I like Stiller in Dodgeball, and that character is insane. I like Stiller in Zoolander, and that character is insane. I like Stiller in Meet the Parents, and in contrast to the very straight-laced family he's trying to become a part of, that character is kind of insane.

    He's reining himself in here a lot, and it hurts the funny. The best and probably most memorable moment…

  • 12 Years a Slave 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 29 Mar, 2014

    Observations:
    - McQueen has mastered the drawn-out shot. The hanging scene is probably the best example of this, but 12 Years a Slave is littered with shots that linger for an extended period, with the effect that they do more than simply present you with information, but leave you analysing the frame, often discomforted. It's brilliant.
    - It's easy to see why McQueen hasn't made a movie without Fassbender.
    - I was surprised to discover that 12 Years a Slave

  • True Lies 1994

    ★★ Watched 27 Mar, 2014

    I really don't understand what people see in this movie. It's overlong, generic, not engaging, poorly acted, a good five years behind its time, flavourless...far from my favourite Arnie movie.

    It's pretty stunning that this is the film Cameron made right before Titanic, which is just far more accomplished in every respect, and I'm not even a big fan of THAT movie.

    Observations:
    - This movie devolves more than I thought possible towards the end, with the entire last half hour just a long stretch of appalling action.
    - CHARLTON HESTON AS NICK FURY.
    - Eliza Dushku.

    See Also:
    The Running Man, Mr & Mrs Smith, Duplicity

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 13 Mar, 2014

    "On your left."