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  • Steve Jobs

    Steve Jobs 2015

    ★★★ Watched 29 May, 2016

    Sorkin once again explores the story behind a famous tech company but unfortunately, unlike with The Social Network, the finished product isn't that great. Fassbender and Winslet are terrific and the dialogue has a lot of zip; the problem is that this is a play. It needs the liberty we give plays to have unconventional narrative structures. With films we're less forgiving.

  • Ocean's Eleven

    Ocean's Eleven 2001

    ★★★★ Rewatched 14 May, 2016

    I think this gets weaker every time I watch it. Nothing about it really makes sense if you think about it too hard. Best to just sit back and enjoy the ride.

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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…

  • Beverly Hills Cop II

    Beverly Hills Cop II 1987

    ★★★ Watched 30 Aug, 2015

    Less interesting as a film its own right as it is as an early example of Hollywood working out how to build 'franchises'. This is the textbook cliche of a sequel down to a tee. The story is all but identical to its predecessor, but playing the second time around, loses most of the freshness that made the first so enjoyable. It would be another twenty years before Hollywood really worked out that the trick was not to reheat what we'd already been served, but to go more deeply into the characters with whom we'd formed an emotional attachment.