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  • 12 Years a Slave

    12 Years a Slave 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 29 Mar, 2014

    - 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

  • 22 Jump Street

    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…

  • About Time

    About Time 2013

    ★★★ Watched 20 Aug, 2013

    Domhnall Gleeson's character can travel through time. He's told this by his dad, Bill Nighy, as it runs in the family. The first thing Gleeson's character does is try to use his powers to get a girlfriend because of course he does. He didn't get cool telekinesis like the kids in Chronicle, he got time travel powers, you can't really goof off too much with time travel powers, that's serious business.

    It's kind of creepy when Gleeson's character uses things…

  • Ain't Them Bodies Saints

    Ain't Them Bodies Saints 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 07 Sep, 2013

    'Yeah, 'cause I had my coat on.'

    Ain't Them Bodies Saints is beautiful in its simplicity. To be truthful, I expected a little more drama than there was. I kept anticipating showdowns, physical or verbal, that didn't come. That wasn't a problem however, on the contrary, it made sense, and it felt more honest than it otherwise might have done. Casey Affleck's Bob doesn't make dumb decisions for the sake of good drama, he makes smart decisions that avoid confrontation,…

  • American Hustle

    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…

  • Ant-Man

    Ant-Man 2015

    ★★★ Watched 19 Jul, 2015

    The effects were fantastic, but Ant-Man was awkwardly paced and surprisingly bland for a film with a concept that sets it apart so well from the rest of the MCU.

    It was a fairly toothless film as well - I was really shocked that Cassie Lang wasn't sick, as she was in the original story. That choice really, really lowered the stakes.

    - They cut a lot of really memorable punchlines from the trailer, including 'is it too late…

  • Atonement

    Atonement 2007

    ★★★★★ Watched 16 May, 2012

    'What's the worst word you can possibly imagine?'

    I was impressed by this film as an adaptation of what I consider to be an un-cinematic novel - so much of the thought and emotion that McEwan was able to put on the page, Wright was required to make his audience infer, and he accomplished this with expertly crafted sequences. The editing, score, shot composition...all masterful and complementary.

    - Keeping Juno Temple after recasting Saoirse Ronan was an odd choice.…

  • Back to the Future

    Back to the Future 1985

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 09 Aug, 2014

    So, I went to the Secret Cinema screening of Back to the Future (which saw a couple well-publicised setbacks but finally got off the ground).

    For those who don't know: Secret Cinema is an events organiser that puts on screenings of cult classics that are pretty elaborate. They recreate the world of the movie for you to immerse yourself in, which you can do for a couple of hours before the actual movie begins. When the screening actually does start…

  • Batman Begins

    Batman Begins 2005

    ★★★★ Rewatched 24 Jun, 2012

    'Don't be afraid...'

    Such a good film. All the stuff up to and including Batman's first appearance is stellar and really holds up, the photography is great and the scene where the audience gets a criminal's POV of Batman is genius (emulated fairly well by The Incredible Hulk, where it makes less sense). I'm less keen on some of the stylistic choices in the latter half of the film, especially when compared with followup The Dark Knight, but it hardly…

  • Beasts of the Southern Wild

    Beasts of the Southern Wild 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Dec, 2012

    'No crying, y'hear?'

    This film is majestic, engaging, fantastical, dreamlike and socially relevant. If that doesn't appeal, then damn. It's no wonder it took the festival circuit by storm, especially coming from nowhere - Benh Zeitlin is definitely going to be feeling the pressure when it comes to his follow-up feature, but I'm really excited to see what he does next.

    The central father-daughter relationship really absolutely makes the film. Usually it would bother me that such a young child…

  • Beneath the Planet of the Apes

    Beneath the Planet of the Apes 1970

    ★★★ Watched 06 Sep, 2014

    - Nova is mostly just beautiful set dressing for this entire movie, but the way in which her muteness is utilised towards the end is a pretty great plot device.
    - The mutant storyline is pretty cool, makes me wonder if they'll drop hints about it in the post-Rise movies.

    See Also:
    The Time Machine, Planet of the Apes, Logan's Run

  • Beyond the Black Rainbow

    Beyond the Black Rainbow 2010

    ★★½ Watched 13 Sep, 2012 7

    The trailer for this movie really grabbed me. I'm a sucker for heavily stylized visuals and 80s throwbacks with pulsing scores. The trailer promised a mood and aesthetic I was totally on board with, and it delivered on that front, but not on others. It was needlessly self-indulgent in its minimalism, and although it was clear that the sparse dialogue and vague allusions to unseen story elements were in service of the overall feel - I wanted more. I couldn't…