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  • 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…

  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1956

    ★★★★★ Watched 18 Jun, 2014 1

    There aren't many stories in existence that survive time, and a solid cinematic remake every 15 years.

    Jack Finney's timeless story is such a thing, and this, Don Siegel's first, and best, interpretation of Invasion of the Body Snatchers is equally timeless.

    The films intimate portrait of small town folk being taking over by a mysterious alien invasion exudes the maximum amount of paranoia from its viewer. It's designed with some masterful craft from the innovative Siegel. He propels this low budget work into a thrilling, disturbing, classic. A frightening, must watch, social commentary.

    One of the best movies ever made.

  • Ghostbusters

    Ghostbusters 1984

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 14 Jun, 2014

    I fully believe that I am not being the slightest bit over dramatic when I say that Ghostbusters, is one of the greatest, and most iconic films in the history of cinema.

    If Ghostbusters did not exist, all of our lives would be that little bit worse off. And that is the sign of a truly wonderful thing.

    A career high for ALL involved.

    A MUST watch, and a MUST NOT hate.


    I will leave you with the greatest speech…

  • Jurassic Park

    Jurassic Park 1993

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 01 Jun, 2014

    Jurassic Park was impressive in 1993. 20 years later its flawless.

    A film that not only passes the test time, it transcends it.

    Steven Speilberg provides the perfect template for how to structure an action spectacular, a disaster movie, and indeed any movie that has any thoughts of being exciting.

    Jurassic Park is a masterclass.

    It proves that the director is a master of his art.

    And it proves that today's so-called summer blockbusters really need to up they're game.

    Jurassic Park!

  • Rosemary's Baby

    Rosemary's Baby 1968

    ★★★★★ Added

    Roman Polanski's first American movie, and comfortably one of most terrifying horrors ever made.

    It's a bona-fide classic of the horror genre.

    It's not a film that would be accepted by many modern horror fans. There is very little blood, and there are zero jumps. Rosemary's Baby is a masterful exhibition of the slow build. A controlled and sophisticated build to a rather civilised finale. Which doesn't sound very horrific I agree, but it is. This is Polanski's, and Rosemarys…

  • Children of Men

    Children of Men 2006

    ★★★★★ Watched 01 May, 2014

    Children of Men is a far greater cinematic achievement than Gravity will ever be.

    In a world full of bleak portrayals of our future, few are as powerfully bleak as the one created by Alfonso Cuaron in this brilliant adaptation of a truly terrifying story.

    This is truly electric filmmaking. Filmmaking with a quite brilliant swagger.

    Despite the bleakness of the vision, this is as exhilarating and thrilling a movie as you are likely to ever see Some of the…

  • Nebraska

    Nebraska 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 23 Apr, 2014

    We all love a "coming of age" movie.

    They are generally uplifting and entertaining movies. Chewing gum for the eyes in some respects. Films we don't really need to think about too much.

    Nebraska however gives us a neat twist on the formulae. Instead of an annoying teenager we get a befuddled old man. A senior citizen with a focus in his life that he appears to have long forgotten. He is played by a fabulous Bruce Dern who gives…

  • Philomena

    Philomena 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 16 Apr, 2014

    Another film brought to life by Dame Judy Dench.

    Philomena is a wonderful film with probably the perfect cast. You could argue how much of this story is indeed true, but there is no doubt that it is an often heartbreaking one.

    The odd couple road trip pairing has been over used by many films not as good as this one, and on this occasion it provides much humour. Much, but not too much. It is in fact perfectly balanced.…

  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 16 Apr, 2014

    Whilst I liked An Unexpected Journey, many people did not.

    The Desolation of Smaug is infinitely better than that. I know, unbelievable isn't it?

    For what is essentially the meat in a mega-bucks sandwich, this Part Two is a film crafted by magicians. The digital artwork is predictable immense, and once again it makes the viewer feel like they have stepped into another world. It's a wittier, far better paced sequel. It's freewheeling and frequently entertaining. A tightly paced, rarely…

  • Noah

    Noah 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 04 Apr, 2014 11

    Noah: The First Avenger..

    In the beginning there was nothing..

    ..and then lots of stuff happened..

    ..and then, Darren Arnofsky made Noah.

    Thank god he did. There aren't many directors with the mind (let's call them visionaries) to portray the greatest story ever told onto the big screen.

    It is acceptably, and obviously, huge. Constantly flitting between the sublime and the ridiculous. This is movie that is not without its faults, I'm just not sure if it's faults are of…

  • Get Carter

    Get Carter 1971

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 23 Mar, 2014 2

    The only bad thing about Get Carter, and I emphasise "only", is the fact that it has inspired the majority of the British Crime Drama movies since. A terrible genre.

    I mean why bother making them at all?!

    Get Carter was, and always will be, the daddy of British Crime Drama.

    Leave it.

  • The Shining

    The Shining 1980

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 04 Mar, 2014

    I have not seen The Shining from credit to credit in about 15 years.

    I have hailed this as the scariest film ever made, mainly to be controversial.

    BUT..

    ...it turns out The Shining is the most horror film ever made.

    Stunning acting, visuals, script and score all combine to creep me the fuck out. If that almost constant humming score doesn't stick with you long before the film has finished, then you are a better person than I.

    Absolutely one of the greatest movies ever made.