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  • 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…

  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1956

    ★★★★★ Watched 18 Jun, 2014 1

    There aren't many stories in existence that survive time, and a solid cinematic remake every 15 years.

    Jack Finney's timeless story is such a thing, and this, Don Siegel's first, and best, interpretation of Invasion of the Body Snatchers is equally timeless.

    The films intimate portrait of small town folk being taking over by a mysterious alien invasion exudes the maximum amount of paranoia from its viewer. It's designed with some masterful craft from the innovative Siegel. He propels this low budget work into a thrilling, disturbing, classic. A frightening, must watch, social commentary.

    One of the best movies ever made.

  • Ghostbusters

    Ghostbusters 1984

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 14 Jun, 2014

    I fully believe that I am not being the slightest bit over dramatic when I say that Ghostbusters, is one of the greatest, and most iconic films in the history of cinema.

    If Ghostbusters did not exist, all of our lives would be that little bit worse off. And that is the sign of a truly wonderful thing.

    A career high for ALL involved.

    A MUST watch, and a MUST NOT hate.


    I will leave you with the greatest speech…

  • Jurassic Park

    Jurassic Park 1993

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 01 Jun, 2014

    Jurassic Park was impressive in 1993. 20 years later its flawless.

    A film that not only passes the test time, it transcends it.

    Steven Speilberg provides the perfect template for how to structure an action spectacular, a disaster movie, and indeed any movie that has any thoughts of being exciting.

    Jurassic Park is a masterclass.

    It proves that the director is a master of his art.

    And it proves that today's so-called summer blockbusters really need to up they're game.

    Jurassic Park!

  • Rosemary's Baby

    Rosemary's Baby 1968

    ★★★★★ Added

    Roman Polanski's first American movie, and comfortably one of most terrifying horrors ever made.

    It's a bona-fide classic of the horror genre.

    It's not a film that would be accepted by many modern horror fans. There is very little blood, and there are zero jumps. Rosemary's Baby is a masterful exhibition of the slow build. A controlled and sophisticated build to a rather civilised finale. Which doesn't sound very horrific I agree, but it is. This is Polanski's, and Rosemarys…

  • Children of Men

    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

    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…