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  • Cave of Forgotten Dreams 2010

    ★★★★★ Watched 19 Nov, 2013

    Cave of Forgotten Dreams is obviously not a documentary about a singular human achievement, a sporting mega star, a band, a troubled individual, or a tragic event.

    It is a documentary film about a cave.

    And it's one of the most powerful pieces of film I've seen.

    Powerful in its beauty.

    Powerful in its sense of wonder.

    It is in fact more powerful when we are left to view the cave paintings without narration. Accompanied by the simply wonderful score,…

  • Lawrence of Arabia 1962

    ★★★★★ Watched 17 Nov, 2013

    Epic.

    Lawrence of Arabia is an epic of epic proportions. In length, script, visuals, sound, performance, everything is just epic. Films of this length are normally just too overblown, bordering on unwatchable. But Lawrence is just the opposite. Every minute matters. Even when nothing matters. David Lean's gorgeous sweeping shots of the dessert landscape are enough to entertain.

    More than a visual treat, Lawrence of Arabia is a cracking adventure yarn. And a psychological study of TE Lawrence. It's also a history lesson.

    It is a very good film.

    An undoubted classic.

    And Peter O'Toole's blue eyes? Simply epic.

    Daryl Watches the Classics.

  • Gravity 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 11 Nov, 2013

    Gravity, O.M.G.

    A film that makes Space scary, NOT the things that may exist within Space.

    Alfonso Cueron and his team have made Space a frightening and beautiful place.

    There are times where Gravity soars, and you feel you are in one of those POV fairground rounds. Your body swaying, heart pounding, and your stomach churning. The SFX and photography are some of the best ever. It is one of the best pieces of CGI cinema in the last 20…

  • Captain Phillips 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 29 Oct, 2013

    You can polish a turd.

    Paul Greengrass proves this with Captain Phillips.

    As a story, this linear and largely uninteresting story, shouldn't really keep is entertained for two and a half hours. It does though. The director achieves this through deeply wonderful film making. His masterful use of pacing crafts some moments of pure stomach churning tension. It reaches almost unbearable levels at times.

    Unbearably good.

    Greengrass couldn't achieve this quality through film making alone, and he lucks out with…

  • Captain Phillips 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 29 Oct, 2013

    You can polish a turd.

    Paul Greengrass proves this with Captain Phillips.

    As a story, this linear and largely uninteresting story, shouldn't really keep is entertained for two and a half hours. It does though. The director achieves this through deeply wonderful film making. His masterful use of pacing crafts some moments of pure stomach churning tension. It reaches almost unbearable levels at times.

    Unbearably good.

    Greengrass couldn't achieve this quality through film making alone, and he lucks out with…

  • Zulu 1964

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 29 Oct, 2013

    It's always been very easy to write Michael Caine off as a bit of a parody. Anyone who truly believes that should watch Zulu. One of his finest moments. He is truly splendid throughout.

    Zulu itself is also a splendid film.

    If a tad one sided. It doesn't show much historical context and in turn does a bit of a disservice to the African people it tries hard to honour.

    That aside though, Zulu is terrific. Superbly directed by Cy…

  • Toy Story 2 1999

    ★★★★★ Watched 25 Oct, 2013

    The sequel is always tricky.

    The sequel to a brilliant and successful movie is even trickier.

    It's always the sequel that confirms greatness. Truly establishes the characters, and builds a franchise. In light of Toy Story 2's brilliant, and intentional riffs on Star Wars I'm going to compare this sequel to The Empire Strikes Back, and just like that, this is far richer in its content and much more satisfying.

    Toy Story 2 is everything you could want from a…

  • Jaws 1975

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 24 Oct, 2013 1

    One of the greatest films ever made.

    That is one of the truest things I have ever said.

    And when i say one "one", I'm talking "Number One". Certainly no lower than "Number Three".

    It's a film that is equally amazing on the cinema screen, to a screen the size of a postage stamp. The sign of phenomenal filmmaking.

    Jaws is a masterclass in blockbuster entertainment.

    Easily a SIX STAR movie.

  • Toy Story 1995

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 24 Oct, 2013 3

    Genius.

    An overused word. Underused in the correct context.

    Toy Story, the 1995 release from Disney Pixar is genius.

    Its ingenious in its concept, design, and it's execution. The animation is beautiful. Groundbreaking computer technology that brings reality to the unreal.

    The truth is though the real magic is in the stunning words, and the stunning voices, and most of all the stunning story.

    Toy Story is a work of art.

    And it's probably the worst one of the trilogy..

  • The Thing 1982

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 21 Oct, 2013

    In truth, horror films don't really get much better than this.

    The Thing is genuinely scary and full of some expertly crafted tension. The beauty of this tension means that there is a sense of underlying dread in every scene. Anything can happen, and any one of the characters could be attacked by the enemy that we cannot see.

    It's ingenious stuff.

  • The Exorcist 1973

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 21 Oct, 2013

    Wow.

    Nearly 40 years ago my parents saw this in the cinema. They told me of its power, and how much it terrified them, and everyone else in the crowd. Now, on probably my 4th viewing it still haunts the fuck out of me.

    This is film making of undeniable power.

    If anyone who calls themselves a film fan has not seen this, then they should just believe the hype.

    It may not be scary, but few films are. But it will fuck your mind and make your skin crawl.

    Which few films can.

  • Die Hard 1988

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 19 Oct, 2013

    There is just no point in me reviewing this film.

    To me, Die hard will ALWAYS be the best thing on TV.