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  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

  • 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.