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  • The End of the Tour

    The End of the Tour 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 31 Dec, 2015

    It's probably not right to award an extra star for effort but that's what I'm doing. I don't think 'The End of the Tour' quite achieves greatness but I'm still impressed at the amount of drama mined from very little. Watching Siegel and Eisenberg just talk made me aware of how trivial and shallow most conversations in movies are and how engrossing the simple act of conversation can be. While Eisenberg makes me worry he has very limited range, Siegel is revelatory. Mimicry is incredibly difficult at the best of times but he pulls it off with aplomb.

  • The Martian

    The Martian 2015

    ★★★ Watched 25 Dec, 2015

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Whose fault is it if a film doesn't live up to your expectations? Is that a failing of the director or a failing of the audience? This isn't quite what I had hoped it would be and the realisation early on that it wasn't cast a pall over the rest of my viewing. I had hoped for something that was a cross between Apollo 13 and Castaway. We do get something like that for the first 20 or so minutes…

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  • GoldenEye

    GoldenEye 1995

    ★★★ Rewatched 08 Feb, 2015

    The older I get and the more times I see this, the less I like it. Perhaps it was never as good as I first thought and it was merely the sheen of seeing my first Bond on the big screen. Or maybe in the shadow of the Craig Bond movies, you can see what they were going for but also how far they were for achieving it.

    There are still some brilliant set pieces. The opening mission is as…

  • Snowpiercer

    Snowpiercer 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 23 Jan, 2015

    The story doesn't really make sense if you think about it for any length of time but this remains a well-directed and thought provoking exploration of power, inequality and social relations.