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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 04 May, 2015

    Written by George Miller, Brendan McCarthy and Nick Lathouris
    Directed by George Miller
    Starring Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy and Nicolas Hoult

    Nux: Oh what a day, what a lovely day!

    What. The. Fuck. My apologies for the lack of eloquence but that is more or less the most I could muster after immediately finishing George Miller’s latest Mad Max entry, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD. It was as if I had just woken up from the most…

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Dec, 2015

    First things first, J.J. Abrams has made STAR WARS fun again! Nerds the world over, you can breathe a collective sigh of relief. Secondly, I will attempt to write this review free of spoilers. That said, I feel like if I say anything at all you’ll consider it a spoiler so read at your own risk.

    As I already said, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS is a lot of fun. Excitement in general was more or less lacking from the…

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 19 Feb, 2014

    There is no use in trying to prove otherwise; Wes Anderson has distinctly unmistakable style. His films are instantly recognizable and his colourful approach to storytelling has just as many ardent fans as it does detractors (or, as I like to refer to them as, sticks in the mud). As an admirer of his oeuvre, I would think it insulting to call him one note but I would also be hard pressed to say otherwise. That said, when the note…

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 06 Nov, 2014

    I will begin by stating that INTERSTELLAR, Christopher Nolan’s latest science fiction opus, is a cinematic feast of epic proportion. It is nearly three hours of stunning visuals, often gripping action and sound and music unlike almost anything I’ve ever seen or heard before. On the one hand, it is a glorious film experience, something that Nolan is particularly skilled at crafting. On the other hand though, INTERSTELLAR is also an overinflated, plodding journey that is weighed down, not by…

  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★ Watched 13 Dec, 2012

    DJANGO UNCHAINED? More like Tarantino unchained, if you ask me. When watching a Quentin Tarantino movie, there is always a danger that his undeniable genius will fall prey to his also undeniable ego. He often walks the fine line between these two elements with surprising grace and subsequently makes insightful works that are distinctly his style. In DJANGO UNCHAINED though, Tarantino's attempt at a Western / Blaxploitation hybrid, he veers too far off course and ends up losing his edge…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 18 Aug, 2014

    To achieve true greatness, the kind of greatness that will still be talked about long after you’re dead, you have to dedicate yourself entirely to your craft or cause. Furthermore, the belief is that you cannot create the kind of art that lasts if you don’t suffer for it first. These are just a couple of the misconceptions that young drumming prodigy, Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller), adheres to in his pursuit of success in the world of music. Unfortunately for…

  • Birdman

    Birdman 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 02 Oct, 2014

    I will be the first to admit that I did not think BIRDMAN OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE) would work at all when I first heard about it. An absurdist comedy from the man responsible for some of the most bleak, yet beautiful dramas I had ever seen (BABEL, BIUTIFUL) did not seem like a smart idea to me. Not only has Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu succeeded in his ambitious endeavour though, but he has actually made what is arguably…

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 04 Oct, 2014

    I am not myself married. Nor have I ever been. And perhaps, now that I’ve seen David Fincher’s GONE GIRL, I may choose never to be. If this is the state of the modern marriage, it is a miracle anyone still chooses to embark upon the journey to begin with. GONE GIRL is a bleak, twisted account of the lengths we will go to in order to get away from the one’s we love, or at least once did. It…

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 19 Dec, 2013

    When I’m not reviewing movies, which as of late is far less often than I would like it to be, I work for a bank. I’m not in investments but my position is more or less investment adjacent. When people see THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, Martin Scorsese’s take on the stock market milieu in the late 1980’s, based loosely on the life of former stock broker turned motivational speaker, Jordan Belfort, they will probably recoil in genuine horror at…

  • The Dark Knight

    The Dark Knight 2008

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 15 Jul, 2012

    There can only be one Batman and as I sat amongst a full crowd that was silent in awed anticipation at the crack of the film, it is clear that director, Christopher Nolan’s Batman is the one. In BATMAN BEGINS, Nolan (whom at the time he attempted to revive the franchise had only directed a handful of indie projects) took an icon and made him human. Batman, and of course his real life persona, Bruce Wayne, was damaged. He had…

  • Gravity

    Gravity 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 15 Sep, 2013

    This is it. This is the big one. GRAVITY, Alfonso Cuaron’s follow-up to 2006’s CHILDREN OF MEN, has been in the works for years now and is finally ready to be unleashed on a public that cannot help but be unsuspecting of it. I say this because there is no way you can properly prepare yourself for just how truly spectacular GRAVITY is. From the moment it begins, the film is astounding, a singularly unique experience that is unlikely to…

  • Inside Out

    Inside Out 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 05 Jun, 2015

    Seeing INSIDE OUT should easily silence any Pixar naysayer out there. For years, Pixar’s ability to roll out hits was unmatched but there were rumblings that they were losing their edge by relying too heavily on sequels in lieu of the originality that made them the juggernaut they had become. After a two year hiatus, Pixar returns with INSIDE OUT, a film that is perhaps their most original and most ambitious film to date. And for this fan, it is…