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  • 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.

  • Drive 2011

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 04 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.

  • Blackfish 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 03 Jan, 2014 2

    I have never been one for campaigns.

    However, the Free Willy campaign... Sorry, the Free Tilli campaign, due to the sheer power and beauty of blackfish, is one campaign that will now get my full support.

    I will also never visit a Sealife Centre. So yeah, Save The Whale? After watching this documentary I will never mock that sentiment ever again.

    This rather heartwarming documentary about the mistreatment of Killer Whales and the cover up that followed is forensically put…

  • Cloud Atlas 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 17 Dec, 2013

    Film 23 of Daryl's December Challenge.


    Any piece of art that can entertain for 2 hours and 52 minutes yet still leave you with that WHAT THE FUCK?! aftertaste can be nothing short of exceptional.

    During its epic run time, I loved it, I hated it, I was dazzled by it, I was enthralled by it, and I was enraged by it. In truth it's narrative is no more profound than any other blockbuster, but it contains some utter dazzling…

  • The Lives of Others 2006

    ★★★★★ Watched 10 Dec, 2013

    Film 14 of Daryl's December Challenge.


    First time director Florian Henckel- Von Donnersmark's Lives of Others is a quiet, brooding thriller, its a quite phenomenal effort to produce as a debut. With gripping and fluid drama, that works as a political thriller, a psychological study, and even a touching love story. It builds its tension, and it's characters slowly. It is engrossing.

    My only gripe in fact, is that the transformation of the lead character goes perhaps a tad too…

  • Taxi Driver 1976

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 10 Dec, 2013

    Film 12 of Daryl's December Challenge.


    Taxi Driver is without a doubt one of the most powerful films of all time. More importantly than that though, it's also one of the best.

    It's as gritty and realistic as few movies would dare to be, yet it has an abundance of cinematic flair that few movies can dare to dream of.

    Taxi driver is the perfect showcase for the talents of Robert De Niro. He turned Travis Bickle into one of…

  • Toy Story 3 2010

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 06 Dec, 2013

    Q: Just how far away is Toy Story 3 from being one of the greatest films ever made?

    A: Not as far as you may think..

    Film 10 of Daryl's December Challenge.

  • The World's End 2013

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 27 Nov, 2013

    The Worlds End is basically a film about beer.

    The thing of my dreams.

    It's this kind of jovial subject matter that makes it easy to somewhat overlook the real talent on show in Pegg, Frost and Wright's films. I believe we see them as local boys done good in some ways. Little guys plying their trade amongst Hollywoods elite. Small time Indy cool film makers.

    But they are much better than that.

    The script here is electric in its…

  • 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…