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  • Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 18 Jan, 2013

    A hugely entertaining story of a new hero, the titular Django (as envisioned by Tarantino anyway), that strikes a perfect balance between horrific and hilarious. The structure might be a tad strange, and it isn't as utterly fantastic as Inglourious Basterds, but this is just pure cinema, and as pure entertainment it is flawless.

  • Gravity 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 14 Nov, 2013

    An excellent thrill ride anchored by an outstanding lead performance from Bullock, that lacks a subtlety to its writing which at times detracts from the experience.

  • The Avengers 2012

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 09 Jul, 2012

    Saw this film for the fourth time today, nuff said really.

  • The Avengers 2012

    ★★★★½ Added

    The absolute best version of The Avengers that could possibly made. Hulk steals the show in a film where each hero receives just enough time, whilst never slowing down from start to finish. Comic book bliss on the big screen!

  • Drive 2011

    ★★★★★ Added

    Favourite film of 2011 from one of the most interesting directors working today.

  • The Dark Knight Rises 2012

    ★★★ Watched 21 Jul, 2012 3

    The last act is pretty great, but everything up to that is just so messy. It tries to balance an epic story with a convoluted plot (which basically boils down to a 'ticking time bomb'), whilst awkwardly attempting a 'time passing' segment that flat out doesn't work.

    Also the action really is terrible, poorly staged with no attention to composition or geography. Nolan wants too much to paint on a broad canvas, and forgets that to make that work he must pay attention to the detail.

  • Pulp Fiction 1994

    ★★★★★ Added

    Deserved the oscar over Forrest Gump. Seriously cool and deftly handled, this is a real one of a kind modern masterpiece.

  • The Dark Knight 2008

    ★★★★★ Added

    It has problems, the action ain't great, the characters are quite thin and Bale's Batman voice is still ludicrous, but you can't escape the fact that it is still fucking fantastic.

  • The Dark Knight 2008

    ★★★★★ Added

    Fantastic in almost every way, the action is still a little clunky, but the editing, direction and acting is incredible. Still think Bale's Batman voice is a bit strange though...

  • Inception 2010

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 14 Jul, 2012 1

    Loses half a star for the sometimes quite bland action, it makes up for it by being constantly awesome. So what if every character save for Dicaprio is pretty one note, it is all handled so well that you can't help but be sucked into it all.

  • Inception 2010

    ★★★★½ Added

    The characters (save maybe for Dicaprio) are paper thin, and Nolan still can't quite film action as well as is needed (though the hallway fight is incredible) but this is still fantastically original sci-fi filmmaking on an epic scale.

  • Silver Linings Playbook 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 26 Jan, 2013

    Cooper and especially Lawrence are magnificent in this safe but highly enjoyable, emotionally charged drama.