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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 03 May, 2014

    If you don't enjoy Anderson's style then you'd be best to steer clear of this one, because he's really dialled it up to 11. But I happen to very much enjoy his approach and aesthetic, so I loved this. Ralph Fiennes was perfectly cast for his role of M. Gustave, and there are so many regular faces and cameos to enjoy that it feels both like visiting old friends and being surprised by guests at the same time. This landed strongly toward the top of my favourite Anderson films.

  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 06 Feb, 2013

    Brutal but brilliant, Django is a relatively simple story that is made greater by the characters and dialogue. I was going to give this a lower rating due to the violence, coming in the form of either cartoonish splatter (anything involving guns) or realistic abuse (anything involving slaves, and easily the harder to watch), but I'm not actually sure how this film would fare without either. Christoph Waltz was a standout for me — as he was in Inglorious Basterds

  • Her

    Her 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Mar, 2014

    Though I found this story fairly predictable, what I really liked was how long it had me thinking afterwards about the nature of relationships and how we interact with programmed systems. There's no doubt that AI is advancing at a rate that will inevitably see human-like interaction within my lifetime, and this will raise a whole bag of issues when it comes to our attachment and feelings regarding these systems (or the physical entities they inhabit).

    Anyway, a lovely little film with some interesting styling, high-waisted fashion, and far too much awful moustache.

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Nov, 2014

    A great film, and I'm glad that I decided on watching it before reading the book* because I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much knowing how everything plays out in advance. Fincher has an outstanding track record, and while I wouldn't put this alongside his best it certainly continues his consistent hit rate.

    * Who am I kidding, I'm never going to pick up the book now.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 17 Aug, 2014

    A tonne of fun, with great humour throughout. In the early parts of the film I wasn't so sure how much I'd get into it, but by the end I was smiling like I'd just watched a classic 80's summer blockbuster (and the soundtrack certainly fits).

  • Boyhood

    Boyhood 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 27 Jul, 2014 3

    I really did enjoy this film, though I have to say not quite like I'd expected. Watching a group of people grow over the course of 12 years on film is a unique experience, and I'm glad to have shared it as part of a full house at The Civic during the film festival. This is a film that feels like it will stay with me a while.

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar 2014

    ★★★ Watched 21 Mar, 2015

    Very pretty, but jumped so many sharks it could have been a show at Sea World.

  • Drive

    Drive 2011

    ★★★★★ Watched 11 Nov, 2011 6

    A beautifully crafted film, with consideration in every shot and a kick-ass soundtrack. Winding Refn certainly earned his Best Director award at Cannes this year, helped greatly by the outstanding performances of Gosling and Mulligan. I'll definitely need to see this again, and while I'm not much a fan of ultra-violence I couldn't imagine it working any other way in this film.

  • The Avengers

    The Avengers 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 26 May, 2012 2

    Great fun, with a healthy mix of action and humour. I think I wanted to like this more than I did given the rave reviews it has been receiving, but ultimately my preference swings more toward alien-less superhero films that have a little more grounding in the real world (as much as that's possible when talking about comic book superheroes, at least). But overall I feel this was a great effort by Whedon, who undoubtedly faced a lot of pressure to bring this all together.

    Mark Ruffalo makes a great Bruce Banner, no?

  • The Dark Knight

    The Dark Knight 2008

    ★★★★½ Watched 27 Jul, 2008

    The epic views over the city made it worth seeing this at IMAX. The transitions between standard widescreen and oversized IMAX were handled well, seamless enough that there was never a jarring moment in the turnaround.

    Plus, he's the goddamn Batman.

  • Inception

    Inception 2010

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 02 Oct, 2011 4

    BWWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMP!

    So epic it hurts. I'm willing to gloss over the few plot questions it leaves and just be enveloped by the killer combo of Nolan & Zimmer (whose soundtrack, incidentally, makes *everything* feel epic if you put it on loud enough).

  • The Lego Movie

    The Lego Movie 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Jul, 2014

    This film is way too much fun.