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  • The Magic Box 1951

    ★★★½ Watched 20 Nov, 2014

    For all of its clunky dialogue and strict adherence to the basic form of the biopic, this film had an amazing effect on me.

    I found myself suddenly and completely overwhelmed in the scene where we watch a random bystander seeing a projected moving image for the first time - for the first time anyone had. Between the powerful nature of the scene and the sudden realisation of my gratitude for the resulting ~120 years of the format, I started…

  • Interstellar 2014

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 07 Nov, 2014

    On a rewatch, I like it even more. Might end up being my favourite movie of the year, pending a rewatch of Winter Sleep.

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  • Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 01 Oct, 2014

    One of the year's very best movies.

    David Fincher never gives me exactly what I'm expecting. Here, I wasn't even close. I'm told that while the plot sticks close to the book, the utterly bizarre sense of humour is new for the movie.

    It's a tone that turns an insane plot into something truly special. Fincher knew how crazy this story was, and by the time it gets where it's going, it felt like the plot itself was part of…

  • Transformers: Age of Extinction 2014

    ★★ Watched 25 Jun, 2014

    Look, it's exactly as good as the last one was. What that means depends on who you are.

    For my part, while it's one of the biggest special effects spectaculars of the year, it's still an hour too long, and filled with humour that doesn't work and action you can't see.

    It's almost incredible how little replacing the lead characters changed the movie. Wahlberg is supposed to be the hero, but he's repetitive and annoying about his daughter the whole…