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  • The Cobbler

    The Cobbler 2014

    ★½ Watched 30 Jun, 2015

    It seems the hot streak of director Thomas McCarthy has come to a shuddering halt with 'The Cobbler'. After such work as 'Win, Win', 'The Visitior' and my favourite of his, 'The Station Agent', hopes were high going into this fantasy lark about Max Simkin (Adam Sandler), the titular cobbler of the piece who discovers that his fathers shoe repair shop has a magical thingamajig that enables him to "become" his customers or at least a facsimile of them if…

  • Knock Knock

    Knock Knock 2015

    ★★★ Watched 26 Jun, 2015 4

    A.k.a. Funny Dames

    'Knock Knock' is a decent home invasion thriller from Eli Roth which attempts to meld together 'Wild Things' and 'Funny Games'.
    Ridiculous it may be, but you can't help but be entertained not only by Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas as the torturous antagonists of the piece (they're both great btw), but also by Keanu Reeves giving a performance so wonderfully awful that it'll give Nic Cage the willies. Careful Neo, the good grace from John…

  • Entourage

    Entourage 2015

    ★½ Watched 19 Jun, 2015

    Sex and the City for bros, 'Entourage' manages the unimaginable feat of making Piers Morgan the least abhorrent person in the room.
    Which is an achievement of sorts I suppose.

  • Mortdecai

    Mortdecai 2015

    Watched 09 Jun, 2015

    A film so wretched, when it finished I immediately had a shave because I don't want to be associated with having any kind of facial hair ever again.

  • Spy

    Spy 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Jun, 2015

    I originally had no desire to watch 'Spy'. Previous lead efforts for Mellissa McCarthy had left me cold with their quality, or lack thereof. How had the breakout star (one of many I should add) of 'Bridesmaids' been offered so much disappointing crud such as 'Tammy', 'The Heat' and 'Identity Thief'. Signs were not good.
    But my reservations had not completely taken hold. She was the best thing in both 'This is 40' and 'St. Vincent', add to that the…

  • Kung Fury

    Kung Fury 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 29 May, 2015

    A Kickstarter backed project from the guys and gals at Laser Unicorns, Kung Fury is a neon drenched tour de force. Blood is spilled, ribs are firmly tickled and a hell of a lot of fun was had.
    It's got it all. No, really. It has everything you need for a rollickingly good action flick. Cops, robbers, arcade machine robots, ninjas, time travel, Gatling gun toting Valkrye warrior women, gods, dinosaurs, nazis, a Lambourghini and a kick-ass soundtrack. And all…

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 14 May, 2015

    With action set pieces that play like a ballet recital to Rammstein, 'Mad Max: Fury Road' sets a new standard for action cinema.
    Exemplary in every way.

  • Furious 7

    Furious 7 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 03 Apr, 2015

    Another year, another family drama with a hint of 'splosions and the laws of physics being launched out the window. With a rocket launcher. Attached to a Dodge Challenger. On fire.
    When Justin Lin came on board I wasn't fussed about the series if I'm being honest. The first was okay, I thought, and '2 Fast 2 Furious' really didn't do anything for me. 2 bad. His first foray (if you don't count 'Better Luck Tomorrow' ;-)) 'Tokyo Drift' was…

  • Focus

    Focus 2015

    ★★★ Watched 02 Mar, 2015

    Light and meaningless it may be, but in the end in 'Focus' you have an enjoyably silly and fun con-flick.
    A lot of the good comes from the leads. It's so good to see Will Smith somewhere near where we fell in love with him all those years ago. I can't remember the last time he let his charm, charisma and humour ooze out onto the big screen. Hopefully we'll see more of Big Willie over the coming years rather…

  • Into the Storm

    Into the Storm 2014

    ★★ Watched 28 Dec, 2014

    Into the Storm is certainly a contender for 'Most Mediocre Movie of 2014'.
    To say it's nothing more than SyFy Channel style trash would be a little harsh, but If truth be told it doesn't strive to be much more. What could have been a neat little cocktail of 'Twister' and 'The Day After Tomorrow' just ends up being a sloppy mush of things and stuff. It's a real shame.
    Even at 90 minutes it seems a slog, and it will likely be forgotten in half the time. If it's lucky.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 31 Jul, 2014

    "I was only a kid when I left Earth, and I had no idea what the universe had in store for me" - Peter Quill

    I'll admit, I'm not as well versed in the Marvel universe as others. I knew the basics enough and I watched the X-Men and Spider-Man cartoons in the early 90's like many my age. My education in the matter came later in life with movies like 'X-Men', Raimi's 'Spider-Man' series, 'Blade' and 'Fantastic Four'.
    And…

  • We Are the Best!

    We Are the Best! 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 27 Jul, 2014

    A hilarious and at times touching tale of teen rebellion from director Lukas Moodysson.
    There may be bigger movies. There may be better movies. But there isn't - and nor will there be - a movie this year as rich with mana for the soul as 'We Are the Best!'.
    Sublime from all involved.