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  • Short Term 12

    Short Term 12 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 17 Sep, 2014

    Short Term 12 is a film so good that it should have been longer.

    The only negative point is the fact that it's ending feels a little rushed. That aside, this is a surprisingly emotional character study about painful upbringings. It will have you tearing up one minute and laughing the next.

    Director and writer Destin Creery is not afraid to be uncool in the all rather cool world of the indie flick. He embraces the strong emotions and scars…

  • The Pianist

    The Pianist 2002

    ★★★★★ Watched 15 Sep, 2014

    The Pianist can politely be described as an "old fashioned" movie.

    It's old fashioned in both its visual and narrative style, and old fashioned in its brilliance.

    At almost two and a half hours long, Ronald Harwood's brilliant screenplay occasionally drags, yet you have to admire director Roman Polanski for this, as it's his unhurried approach to the subject matter that adds to the movies harrowing power. This strong script, powerful direction, and splendid production, allow us to be transported…

  • The Departed

    The Departed 2006

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 25 Aug, 2014

    The Departed is basically Martin Scorsese in 'Beast Mode'.

    Everything we know and love about him, and his style, is amplified to the point of Oscar winning brilliance.

    Some people might say that he has made far superior films than this, a remake of 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs, me included. But after this latest rewatch, you know, I'm not so sure anymore.

    A remake it is, however, Scorsese makes it one of his own. He uses his actors,…

  • Stand by Me

    Stand by Me 1986

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 03 Aug, 2014

    Many films have tried to replicate, and indeed steal, the formulae and feel of Rob Reiner's Stand By Me.

    They can keep trying, but I for one can't see this well crafted coming of age tale ever being topped. It is merely a simple tale of innocence, yet it is equally a treasure that is simply unmissable. A simple adaptation of a simple story that becomes an absorbing, touching, and beautiful story of youthful friendship.

    Stand By Me is the…

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 02 Aug, 2014 4

    Marvel might just be the new Walt Disney Studios.

    And just like Walt Disney, they don't always get it right, but when they do, they get it very, very right.

    Guardians of the Galaxy was never really going to be a risk for Marvel. They have earned the right to success by being brave and constantly inventive.

    With Guardians they evolve that mantra even further. Taking us deeper into space, and indeed, comic book territory, this was always going to…

  • The Godfather: Part II

    The Godfather: Part II 1974

    ★★★★★ Watched 02 Aug, 2014

    Awesome...

    ..is a word that gets used a lot in this day and age. It's a word that is used loosely by some, and wrongly by many. How do you define awesome? Well, you simply watch The Godfather Part 2.

    Awesome.

    We all have films we enjoy more, but we also all must deep down appreciate how great this really is. This is a sequel to one if cinemas all time greats, and it ends up being even greater. That is some feat. And Coppola achieves such a feat by Trumping awesome Pacino with awesome De Niro.

    "I know it was you Fredo "

    Awesome.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 02 Aug, 2014

    Marvel might just be the new Walt Disney Studios.

    And just like Walt Disney, they don't always get it right, but when they do, they get it very, very right.

    Guardians of the Galaxy was never really going to be a risk for Marvel. They have earned the right to success by being brave and constantly inventive.

    With Guardians they evolve that mantra even further. Taking us deeper into space, and indeed, comic book territory, this was always going to…

  • 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…

  • The Godfather

    The Godfather 1972

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 31 Jul, 2014

    I have to be honest here...

    ...The Godfather is a film I saw once, many years ago, loved it, then never rewatched it. Since then, I have bigged it up and defended its corner because I felt it was the right thing to do.

    But, after my 2nd watch, I know it was the right thing to do. This is phenomenal. No, it's unbelievable, in how good it is. A film that can please the art lovers among us, and the action and murder junkies like myself.

    Unbelievable performances, unbelievable direction, unbelievable restaurant murder scene.

    And Part Two is even better!!

  • Dallas Buyers Club

    Dallas Buyers Club 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 19 Jul, 2014

    Dallas Buyers Club is an ingenious movie.

    It's ingenious to the extent that it manages to be enjoyable lightweight, yet it still manages to be relevant and hard hitting. It completely escaped being trivial. It's also welcomely funny. Life is humorous. Us humans often make light of dark situations, and it happens brilliantly in Buyers Club. It's funny, yet it doesn't cheapen the subject matter. Director Jean-Marc Vallee also packs in the emotional cluster bombs. It will move you, but…

  • Dallas Buyers Club

    Dallas Buyers Club 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 18 Jul, 2014

    Dallas Buyers Club is an ingenious movie.

    It's ingenious to the extent that it manages to be enjoyable lightweight, yet it still manages to be relevant and hard hitting. It completely escaped being trivial. It's also welcomely funny. Life is humorous. Us humans often make light of dark situations, and it happens brilliantly in Buyers Club. It's funny, yet it doesn't cheapen the subject matter. Director Jean-Marc Vallee also packs in the emotional cluster bombs. It will move you, but…

  • 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…