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  • Monsters University

    Monsters University 2013

    ★★★ Watched 03 Jul, 2015

    'Monsters, Inc.' is my favourite Pixar film. My niece went through a phase of wanting to watch it all the time, and it really cemented my love for it. I think it's unbelievably clever, riddled with little jokes that you only pick up on after repeated viewings. Billy Crystal and John Goodman are on top of their game, and Mike and Sully are such sweet friends. It's a workplace comedy, so that's obviously a plus for me as well.

    College/university…

  • Tokyo Story

    Tokyo Story 1953

    ★★★★½ Watched 29 Jun, 2015 1

    Fantastically moving account of family life. Ozu's 'Banshun' ('Late Spring') was one of my most overwhelming experiences in a cinema, it completely knocked me for six and this one did as well. The storytelling is so meditative, and I didn't quite realise how gripped I was by it until I was covered in gooseflesh.

    What makes family family; how important are parents once you have children yourself; how do you reconcile their way of life with yours once you get…

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  • War Horse

    War Horse 2011

    ★★ Watched 14 Feb, 2014 37

    What a shitfest. I would probably have liked this film better if it had been about a cat. Or, hell, even about that goose that walks around on the farm at the beginning of this film. That was a great goose.

    For a film called 'War Horse', it takes a long time for the 'war'-element to enter, so for the first 50 minutes, it's mainly 'horse' - and I happened to skip the horse part in my coming of age.…

  • Fifty Shades of Grey

    Fifty Shades of Grey 2015

    ★★★ Watched 13 Feb, 2015 12

    Do you judge the film, or the book? I tried to judge the film on its own merit, but kind of failed. I suppose the good news is, the film in better than the book.

    I'm not going to lie, I looked forward to seeing this - how often do you see a book by a woman about a woman, adapted for the screen by a woman, and then directed by a woman. When the director is Sam Taylor-Johnson, I'm…