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  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★★ Added 1

    Loved the pure Western indulgence of this film and the brutally honest portrayal of gun-loving, nigger hating ole U.S. of A. Christoph Waltz clearly making a deal with Tarantino that this film will show him as a 'good' German. A cynical evaluation might even ponder whether this is the best backdrop to make the German the most humane character we meet... Nevertheless, Waltz and Foxx are a great match and the music, slow mo, torture scenes, bloodbaths and Theatre of…

  • Drive

    Drive 2011

    ★★★★★ Watched 11 Nov, 2011

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

    Brilliant. Ryan Gosling is so understated and cool, and even keeps his sexy charm when stomping a guy's head to a pulp in an elevator. Every shot is beautiful and carefully considered, the lighting is gorgeous and the tension is upheld from start to finish. Carey Mulligan is brilliant as Michelle Williams, and the music is superb. I questioned the font choice of the opening and closing titles, but a film this good probably had a reason for the choice. Must see.

  • Inception

    Inception 2010

    Added

    Yeah yeah, the visuals are stunning, but it only gets one star because everyone RAVED about it and well, I just fell asleep. (And yes, I'm pretty sure I 'got it' - dream within a dream right? sigh.)

  • The Social Network

    The Social Network 2010

    ★½ Added

    YAWN.

  • A Clockwork Orange

    A Clockwork Orange 1971

    ★★★★ Added

    Classic. Disturbing. Timeless.

  • Black Swan

    Black Swan 2010

    ★★★★★ Watched 07 Jul, 2011

    Loved it.

  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life 2011

    ★★★ Added

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

    I am really torn between deciding whether this film is complete wanky wanky arse or whether it is surreal absurdest and impressionistic genius. I felt the same way about a French physical-dance-theatre performance I saw at the Arts Fest in Auckland last year. I hate to believe I am unable to appreciate fine art but this film certainly tested me. I was absolutely captivated for the first ten minutes; the avant garde camera angles, the whispering lines of dialogue like…

  • Midnight in Paris

    Midnight in Paris 2011

    ★★★★½ Added

    A wonderful film. Owen Wilson proves he is the perfect choice to carry the baton of Woody Allen's trademark neurotic, Jewish overthinker protagonists, bringing a fresh, light humour to what Allen would usually paint as a dark, wringing soul under the neuroses. He rises to the challenge that Allen sets, of having his actors improvise and ad lib the dialogue - some of his choices are absolute gold ("That's because you're surrealists; I'm just a normal guy!"), and his portrayal…

  • Les Misérables

    Les Misérables 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 10 Jan, 2013

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

    A film with so many expectations (due to over 20 years' worth of the stage musical around the world and so many die-hard fans of it everywhere) will attract reviews that likely say more about the reviewer than the film itself. For my part, I was head over heels with this show in 1991 and knew all the words back-to-front. I was a 14 year old angsty teenager. I would've taken a bullet for that guy I was infatuated with…

  • Safety Not Guaranteed

    Safety Not Guaranteed 2012

    ★★★½ Added

    The ad that this was based on, you know, about the dude seeking a companion to go time traveling with (bring your own weapons, safety not guaranteed, I've only done this once before) set me up with such impossible expectations for who this guy could be that I don't think they could ever be met.

    That said, the film is an adorable love story with some lovely dry laughs. The ending didn't satisfy.

    Best quotes: "My calibrations are flippin pinpoint," and "There is no sense in nonsense."

  • Bridesmaids

    Bridesmaids 2011

    ★★★★ Added

    I liked it. More than I thought I would. Wanted to slap the woman in the face a few times though. Is this a trend of female leads that have nothing to complain about and yet they whinge like mad incessantly?

  • Blue Valentine

    Blue Valentine 2010

    ★★★★ Added 4

    Like watching a car crash but with phenomenally good actors. Loved the theme of broken relationship and the inevitable doom of the future struck a melancholy chord. I've often wondered if we are destined to become our parents despite all our best efforts, so the film kinds spoke to me on that level...