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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    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?

  • Her

    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…

  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Dec, 2014

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Observations:
    - The one let-down with this adaptation is that Affleck's performance is never mutable enough for the audience to question his character's reliability, so there's not a period during which Nick Dunn seems like anything other than an unfortunate, ill-equipped victim of circumstance.
    - There are improvements from the novel in a lot of ways. One that stands out is the whole not-recognising-Punch-&-Judy-right-away thing, which bugged me in the source text because of how false it felt - it's…

  • Gravity

    Gravity 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 08 Nov, 2013 1

    'Houston in the blind: ...'

    It's a rare treat to see a movie that you've been looking forward to, that then receives a considerable amount of hype, that proceeds to surprise and thrill you as hoped. The star of the movie is definitely the filmmaking - the camera shifts you from claustrophobia to agoraphobia, from serenity to panic, and back again. Never has a trip to the cinema been more stressful.

    The lack of sound in space and the reliance…

  • Birdman

    Birdman 2014

    ★★★ Watched 25 Jan, 2015

    Observations:
    - It's technically stunning, but dramatically underwhelming.
    - The ending made me want to watch Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon again.

    See Also:
    Synecdoche, New York, Black Swan

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 07 Nov, 2014

  • The Dark Knight Rises

    The Dark Knight Rises 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Jul, 2012 4

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    'Death or exile?'

    The perils of being a fan of a franchise, somewhat familiar with the source material, and an avid follower of movie-related news are heightened expectations and the ability to make educated guesses about plot. This being the case, The Dark Knight Rises may not have have been quite as surprising for me as it may have been to some viewers, but thankfully it wasn't a disappointment either (I'm looking at you Prometheus). The Dark Knight Rises takes…

  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 03 Jan, 2015

  • 12 Years a Slave

    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

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 13 Mar, 2014

    "On your left."

  • Moonrise Kingdom

    Moonrise Kingdom 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 26 May, 2012 4

    'That was the GIRL that did that!'

    I'm a huge Wes Anderson fan, and this was garnering a lot of praise, so I went in with fairly high expectations, which is rarely a good idea. I expected to like this more than I did, but having said that, I did really enjoy it and I think my love for it will only grow.

    All the hallmarks of an Anderson picture are present and correct, but it's great to see him…