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  • Vertigo 1958

    ★★★★★ Watched 02 Mar, 2014

    Few films that aren't "A Hitchcock" have the look of "A Hitchcock".

    Equally, few films that aren't "A Hitchcock" are as good as "A Hitchcock".

    Vertigo is another Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece. A tale of a mans obsessions. And a film about Hitchcock's own obsessions, his hidden demons perhaps. His camera also has an obsession with James Stewart. He is never off of it. A near constant in every scene, and a joy to watch. He is perfect. As is everything…

  • The Lego Movie 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 27 Feb, 2014 1

    The Lego Movie; a piece of beautifully assembled cinema.

    Many people have got a bit carried away whilst reviewing the Lego Movie. I am not going to.

    The Lego Movie is very good. At least up until it's last half hour which is simply exceptional. Without a doubt the greatest half hour in the history of cinema..

    For people to have just written this off as a piece of advertising is completely missing the point. Lego doesn't need to be…

  • Trainspotting 1996

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 09 Feb, 2014

    There is many an argument for "The Best British Film Ever".

    And this is mine.

    Sometimes the best, is merely of the right time. Trainspotting is of the right time for me. And indeed, my generation.

    It makes a horrible thing beautiful. Then makes it horrible again. And THEN makes giving up the horrible thing beautiful.

    But is it the best British film ever?

    Made by a relatively unknown Danny Boyle, starring a relatively unknown cast of Scottish actors (and…

  • First Blood 1982

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 28 Jan, 2014

    First Blood is better than Rocky.

    After this re watch I am declaring this to be Stallone's best movie. It is definitely one of his best acting performances. He has created an iconic character. His performance, at times is pretty powerful stuff.

    First Blood is an action movie with brains. Mainly due to the fact that it is adapted from a book, but it would be so easy to fuck this up, as the sequals have proved, so huge credit…

  • Once Upon a Time in the West 1968

    ★★★★★ Watched 27 Jan, 2014

    Once Upon a Time it was the Best.

    And you know what? It still is.

    A bonafide classic.

    A masterpiece.

    A blueprint for film making.

    Sergio Leone's "Spaghetti Western" seems to be an almost pastiche of the Western genre. Which is the point. His sheer mastery of style also makes it one of the genres best.

    From the greatest title sequence ever shot onwards, it is packed full of stunning moments. None of which you will forget in a hurry.

    Simply the West.

  • A Serious Man 2009

    ★★★★★ Watched 27 Jan, 2014 9

    A Jewish Man.

    The Coen Brothers' A Serious Man is possibly the most Jewish film ever made. It might even be my favourite Jewish film ever...

    In fact, in some weird alternate universe A Serious Man might just in fact be the Coen Brothers' best movie. Although I'm not sure if they themselves know this fact.

    It shares much with Barton Fink in that it really shoves it main character through the ringer. It also has a sincerity and a…

  • The Wolf of Wall Street 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 26 Jan, 2014 4

    "And the award of Best Picture,

    Best Actor in a Leading Role,

    Best Actor in a Supporting Role,

    Best Director,

    Best Adapted Screenplay,


    at the 86th Academy Awards goes to.... The Wolf of Fucking Wall Street."

    That would certainly be the case if I had my say.

    I have never felt such love for a shallow and disgusting pantomime.

    But then rarely has a movie been so exciting.

    A teenage movie director, with the vigour and enthusiasm that youth brings,…

  • 12 Years a Slave 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 12 Jan, 2014 4

    2 hours 14 minutes a Slave.

    Very few of them enjoyable.

    Enjoyment isn't always important though, and it certainly isn't important when you are watching a movie of the power and beauty of 12 Years of Slave.

    There is of no doubt that director Steve McQueen has delivered a masterpiece. An uncompromising, and emotionally devastating picture. It's a film that makes you feel glad to be alive. And free.

    It is centred around a quite incredible performance from Chiwetel Ejiofor.…

  • American Hustle 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 09 Jan, 2014

    CLEAVAGE.

    Yep, there are some damn fine example of cleavage in David O'Russell's American Hustle.

    However he also thought that that wasn't enough to make a quality movie. He was probably wrong on this but never mind..

    American Hustle is smart, sophisticated, and extremely slick. It's filled with rich characters and sharp dialogue. It's fantastic.

    It is perhaps a little too long. It is in no hurry to tell its rather simple story. But then if your costume design, and…

  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford 2007

    ★★★★★ Watched 07 Jan, 2014 2

    So it turns out the only negative about The Assassination of Jesse James is the fact that every piece of music sounds like the introduction to an Adele song.

    And I speak the truth when I say "the ONLY" negative.

    Writer and director Andrew Dominik has crafted a movie of such utter beauty that some may just find it hard to compel. He takes his time with the story, and this languid pacing allows the tension to build, and this…

  • The Ipcress File 1965

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 06 Jan, 2014

    There aren't many films in existence where absolutely every element works perfectly.

    The Ipcress File however, is firmly on that list.

    This was released in 1965 as "the thinking mans Goldfinger". Im not so sure about that, but i am sure on one thing. It is better than Goldfinger.

    Harry Palmer is a character that has all the best points of James Bond, and is played by a Caine living out his Bond fantasies. Palmer is a brilliant character. Comic,…

  • Drive 2011

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 05 Jan, 2014

    Almost as good as Only God Forgives..

    Only kidding.

    However, Drive is most certainly not a modern masterpiece. Nor is Ryan Gosling the finest actor of our generation.

    Drive IS merely an exceptional movie, and Gosling is at best a poor mans Steve McQueen.

    They are both a perfect fit for each other, and this creates a perfect storm of very goodness.