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  • 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."

  • American Hustle 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 02 Mar, 2014 2

    "From the feet up."

    I feel sorry for this movie. It's a fun con movie filled with memorable moments that is getting EVISCERATED by my fellow armchair critics and professionals alike mainly because it's seen as a pretender to the throne. BADASS DIGEST put it excellently in their article AMERICAN HUSTLE Will Be Destroyed By Winning The Oscar:

    "it’s a lightly enjoyable film with great performances and a fun heart. If it were released any other time of year we…

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 25 Feb, 2014

    Observations:
    - Willem Dafoe is iconic in this movie.
    - Wes Anderson is really good with crime capers (this, Bottle Rocket, Fantastic Mr Fox).
    - I think the prison break in The Grand Budapest Hotel is my favourite prison break of all time.

    See Also:
    The Pink Panther, Snatch, The Brothers Bloom

    Further:
    Does The Grand Budapest Hotel win Wes Anderson bingo?

  • Prisoners 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 23 Feb, 2014

    I just can't find fault with this movie. I'm not trying very hard or anything, but the little effort I am putting in to finding fault with it is fruitless. It sounds good, it looks good, it's performed excellently. It's tense, it's thrilling, it's thought-provoking on a moral level (Terrence Howard does a great job with that side of things), and all the pieces of the puzzle that is the plot slot together in a satisfying way. I feel like…

  • Her 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 15 Jan, 2014 1

    Observations:
    - The way in which the future was presented as a bright, soft and warm place filled with un-intrusive technology reminded of the Sony Bravia advert with the bouncy balls and the ideologies of Apple. It's one of the very best visions of the future I've ever seen onscreen.
    - Joaquin Phoenix, man. His range is unreal. Quietly good year for Olivia Wilde too, with key roles in this and Rush.
    - It's weird how the prestige pics of…