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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 21 May, 2015

    Undeniably epic, like a graphic novel come to life. Everything — the styling, colour, stunt work, props, cinematography, sound — has been dialled up to 11. I can't remember the last time I watched a film and was so impressed by the level to which costumes and props had been pushed to create a world and style. How much fun must they have had building those machines?!

  • 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.

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar 2014

    ★★★ Watched 21 Mar, 2015

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

  • 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

  • Birdman

    Birdman 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 15 May, 2015 2

    I really enjoyed the performances in Birdman. Ultimately I felt like the film was equal parts brilliance and wankery, so I found it hard to decipher how much I actually liked it. I suspect that some of the wankery was purposeful and supporting the main ideas, but I really wasn't in the mood to dwell on it too much.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • Inside Out

    Inside Out 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Sep, 2015

    As a relatively new parent I can confirm that Pixar are pretty good at nailing you in the feels.

  • Inception

    Inception 2010

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 02 Oct, 2011 4


    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 Martian

    The Martian 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 30 Sep, 2015

    Having read the book very recently I was pretty excited/nervous to see how they were going to translate this into a movie, but thankfully they did a great job and it was thoroughly enjoyable. I suspect I may have enjoyed it even more if I hadn't read the book — so much of it felt like it came together too quickly & easily in comparison, and there are some notable exclusions and alterations — but when you have to compress a…