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  • 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…

  • The Dark Knight Rises 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Jul, 2012 4

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

  • 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…

  • Skyfall 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 27 Oct, 2012 2

    'Mummy was very bad.'

    My hopes were high for this movie, and I wasn't disappointed. It's one of the most handsome movies I've ever seen, and consistently so. On top of which, each setting is gorgeous, atmospheric and quintessentially Bond.

    The story focused on Judi Dench's M here, she's the catalyst for craziness that goes down, and it's good to have drama linked so strongly to someone that Bond has a close relationship with. It's why Casino Royale resonated, why…

  • 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

  • Looper 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 28 Sep, 2012

    'The movies that you're dressing like are just copying other movies.'

    Okay, so: Joe is a Looper, Loopers kill folks sent back through time for crime syndicates in the future, they get a big payday when the person they kill is themselves - referred to as 'closing your loop' - at which point they have 30 years to live in luxury before being sent back to be killed. Oh, and certain members of the human population have started developing low-level…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Star Trek Into Darkness 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 03 May, 2013

    So, you're watching Back to the Future and Marty breaks a scooter to turn it into a skateboard and it's awesome and Biff gets covered in shit, and then you're watching Back to the Future Part 2 and pretty much the same thing happens, only Griff has "implants" and there are hoverboards, and Griff is in deep metaphorical shit and it's still awesome because of the differences? That's Star Trek Into Darkness. It's a worthy follow up to 2009s Star…

  • Man of Steel 2013

    ★★½ Watched 14 Jun, 2013

    Upsetting.

  • Prometheus 2012

    ★★½ Watched 15 Jun, 2012 2

    Disappointing and deeply unsatisfying but above all a missed opportunity. There was no tension, the threats often lacked clarity, the film seemed to make a virtue of the protagonist's faith whilst portraying it as inane...

    I liked the sequence early on with David alone on the ship (this is where the movie should have started, we didn't need to see the origin of man or the discovery of the map at all) and the initial encounter with the space-cobra-thing, as…

  • 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…