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  • 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.

  • A Serious Man 2009

    ★★★★★ Watched 27 Jan, 2014 9

    A Jewish Man.

    The Coen Brothers' A Serious Man is possibly the most Jewish film ever made. It might even be my favourite Jewish film ever...

    In fact, in some weird alternate universe A Serious Man might just in fact be the Coen Brothers' best movie. Although I'm not sure if they themselves know this fact.

    It shares much with Barton Fink in that it really shoves it main character through the ringer. It also has a sincerity and a…

  • The Wolf of Wall Street 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 26 Jan, 2014 4

    "And the award of Best Picture,

    Best Actor in a Leading Role,

    Best Actor in a Supporting Role,

    Best Director,

    Best Adapted Screenplay,


    at the 86th Academy Awards goes to.... The Wolf of Fucking Wall Street."

    That would certainly be the case if I had my say.

    I have never felt such love for a shallow and disgusting pantomime.

    But then rarely has a movie been so exciting.

    A teenage movie director, with the vigour and enthusiasm that youth brings,…

  • 12 Years a Slave 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 12 Jan, 2014 4

    2 hours 14 minutes a Slave.

    Very few of them enjoyable.

    Enjoyment isn't always important though, and it certainly isn't important when you are watching a movie of the power and beauty of 12 Years of Slave.

    There is of no doubt that director Steve McQueen has delivered a masterpiece. An uncompromising, and emotionally devastating picture. It's a film that makes you feel glad to be alive. And free.

    It is centred around a quite incredible performance from Chiwetel Ejiofor.…

  • American Hustle 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 09 Jan, 2014

    CLEAVAGE.

    Yep, there are some damn fine example of cleavage in David O'Russell's American Hustle.

    However he also thought that that wasn't enough to make a quality movie. He was probably wrong on this but never mind..

    American Hustle is smart, sophisticated, and extremely slick. It's filled with rich characters and sharp dialogue. It's fantastic.

    It is perhaps a little too long. It is in no hurry to tell its rather simple story. But then if your costume design, and…