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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 14 May, 2015

    Mad Max: Beyond Mel Gibson.

    Fury Road, coming on like an insane mash-up of Lord of the Rings and Vanishing Point, is predictably bloody brilliant.

    We probably didn't need a new Mad Max movie, but we got one, and thankfully it's awesome.

    This is as efficient an excercise in pure action and visceral entertainment as any other movie released, well, ever, to be frank. Newly crowned action pioneer Gerorge Miller has thrown down the gauntlet to every one of his…

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 17 Dec, 2015

    It is almost impossible to objectively review a Star Wars movie.

    The Force Awakens has been made cloaked in the kind of hype that few films have had to endure, and director JJ Abrams has handled the pressure like few could have.

    It is probably this pressure that has made Abrams deal a fairly safe hand with this episode.

    On more than one occasion I was left feeling like I'd seen it all before, and anyone who has ever seen…

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 04 Feb, 2016

    Wes Anderson is a formidable artist.

    One who is not to everyone's taste, but one who has already composed a work of art or two. In fact as every piece rolls on he is becoming more and more popular.

    His films now appear to appeal to all.

    All who love brilliance anyway.

    The Grand Budapest Hotel is brilliant. It's still "quirky", which, it seems, is still what newcomers find appealing about Wes Anderson. Although merely labelling GBH as quirky doesn't…

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 01 Aug, 2014

    Wes Anderson is a formidable artist.

    One who is not to everyone's taste, but one who has already composed a work of art or two. In fact as every piece rolls on he is becoming more and more popular.

    His films now appear to appeal to all.

    All who love brilliance anyway.

    The Grand Budapest Hotel is brilliant. It's still "quirky", which, it seems, is still what newcomers find appealing about Wes Anderson. Although merely labelling GBH as quirky doesn't…

  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 18 Jan, 2013 23

    Woah. My first cinematic disappointment in many a year.

    Perhaps this is due to my own high expectations. He only has himself to blame for that.

    The new Tarantino movie is a modern day film lovers event. There release is anticipated, and heralded like few other. Probably akin to the early days of cinema, or the news footages during the war. This is only the second Tarantino I have seen at the cinema, and it is the worst.

    Quentin Tarantino…

  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★ Rewatched 02 Aug, 2013

    The new Tarantino movie is a modern day film lovers event. There release is anticipated, and heralded like few other. Probably akin to the early days of cinema, or the news footages during the war. This is only the second Tarantino I have seen at the cinema, and it is the worst.

    Quentin Tarantino is a master of many of the arts if film making, but he can't edit for shit. He does not know what to leave out of…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 08 Jun, 2015

    Whiplash is as much a psychological thriller as it is a musical drama.

    Taught, tense, and exhilirating, it is a remarkable peice of work for a debut feature. It rises on a superb Oscar winning performance from J K Simmons,and a great soundtrack too. Turning what could easily be a bland story about determined drummer into something a lot more memorable.

    This is a movie you cannot forget.

    Whiplash is a film full of skill and technique. It finds the…

  • Birdman

    Birdman 2014

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 03 May, 2015

    Birdman is one of the best movies of last year?

    It is a one trick pony of a feature, but boy what a trick. The technical achievments alone are astounding. It is beautiful and unique. Hugely ambitious. Loud and thrilling. It takes risks at every step. Whilst some don't come off, most do in spades.

    It is a black comedy. And whilst not always funny, when it is it is often hilarious.

    Originality always deserves credit, and Mexican director Alejandro…

  • Birdman

    Birdman 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 09 Feb, 2015

    Birdman is one of the best movies of last year?

    It is a one trick pony of a feature, but boy what a trick. The technical achievments alone are astounding. It is beautiful and unique. Hugely ambitious. Loud and thrilling. It takes risks at every step. Whilst some don't come off, most do in spades.

    It is a black comedy. And whilst not always funny, when it is it is often hilarious.

    Originality always deserves credit, and Mexican director Alejandro…

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 01 Sep, 2015

    Go on girl.

    Gone Girl is a terrific psychological thriller with an astonishing turn from Rosamund Pike.

    One that will surely make her a household name and an Oscar winning actress.

    The movies director, David Fincher, has set about establishing a completely new tone in order to make this insane story insanier. With Pike's performance airing on the side of Jack Nicholson she needed a steady straight man, and obviously Ben Affleck delivers this. Their oppositly pitched performances come at…

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 05 Feb, 2015

    Go on girl.

    Gone Girl is a terrific psychological thriller with an astonishing turn from Rosamund Pike.

    One that will surely make her a household name and an Oscar winning actress.

    The movies director, David Fincher, has set about establishing a completely new tone in order to make this insane story insanier. With Pike's performance airing on the side of Jack Nicholson she needed a steady straight man, and obviously Ben Affleck delivers this. Their oppositly pitched performances come at…

  • Her

    Her 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 23 Jun, 2014

    Joaquin Phoenix you poor bastard.

    You are clearly destined to never win the big one.

    You give a performance like this and get nothing but praise. But what praise. He will forever be a victim of his slightly left field role choices.

    It is hard to think of an actor of any generation that could have played the character of Theodore with any more conviction.

    Phoenix is a revelation in this movie. He just seems to shed layer after later…