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  • Frank

    Frank 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 07 Feb, 2015

    Great film about the power of music.

  • Boyhood

    Boyhood 2014

    ★★★ Watched 06 Feb, 2015

    This isn't the Boyz In The Hood reboot I was hoping for, but the timelaps technique was original enough to hold my attention through the running time and, despite not much actually happening, I thought it was alright. Hype is a motherfucker tho.

  • A Long Way Down

    A Long Way Down 2014

    ★★★ Watched 25 Jan, 2015

    I didn't mean to watch all of this, I just put it on Netflix while having a cuppa and eating a packet of Custard Cream biscuits. Mainly I was curious about Aaron Paul being in it. Its a pretty decent film to watch on a Sunday afternoon, kind of soothing. Sure, its not going to trouble Deep Impact for ultimate Sunday afternoon movie viewing, but it did keep me on the sofa long after the biscuits had run out. Definitely the best film I've seen where Pierce Brosnan plays a pedophile - presumably the reason this went straight to Netflix...

  • Wildcats

    Wildcats 1986

    ★★★ Rewatched 18 Jan, 2015

    It's the sport of kings...

    Better than diamond rings...

    Football.

  • Birdman

    Birdman 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Jan, 2015

    Direction and acting are both handled wonderfully, smudging the divide between theatre and cinema, mocking both worlds while celebrating their power. Birdman won me over pretty quickly and I was ready for something amazing to happen. Like, Fight Club or Brazil amazing, which admittedly is asking a hell of a lot, but it felt like it was coming, that this film could blow my mind. That utimately it didn't left me feeling a little unsatisfied, but I get that's more my failing than the film's. I certainly won't begrudge it getting all the awards this year.

  • Paddington

    Paddington 2014

    ★★★ Watched 02 Jan, 2015

    Great when being charming and sentimental, naff when wheeling out tired film references like Indiana Jones and Mission Impossible. Still, a nice surprise and a good start to 2015 cinema trips!

  • Artifact

    Artifact 2012

    ★★ Watched 01 Dec, 2014

    I'm amazed Jared Leto managed to direct this with his head stuck so far up his own arse.

  • Out of the Furnace

    Out of the Furnace 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 02 Dec, 2014

    I liked this a lot. But as much as I liked it, even loved it when that Pearl Jam track kicked in, I couldn't get True Detective out of my head while watching it. Kept waiting for Matthew McConaughey to show up and tell Christian Bale that "You, yourself, this whole big drama, it was never more than a jerry rig of presumption and dumb will, and you could just let go. To finally know that you didn't have to…

  • RoboCop

    RoboCop 2014

    ★★½ Watched 11 Nov, 2014

    Robonot

  • Tucker and Dale vs Evil

    Tucker and Dale vs Evil 2010

    ★★★★ Rewatched 31 Oct, 2014

    Stupid college kids!

  • The Motivation

    The Motivation 2013

    ★★ Watched 30 Oct, 2014

    As adverts for skateboard championships go this wasn't as bad as it could have been due to the competitors each being interesting enough, but could have done with more skating...that would have been sick! Had more product placement than a Michael Bay movie, but I guess it made sense here...fancy a Mountain Dew now though, that's a drink, right? Sick!

  • Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp

    Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 30 Oct, 2014

    "A pimp is the loneliest bastard on Earth. He's gotta know his whores. He can't let them know him. He's gotta be God all the way."

    Robert Beck's writing made a big impact on me when I was growing up. His books did then what The Wire has recently been doing to people's heads. Giving them an experience both fascinating and horrifying, yet completely compelling - told by somebody who has absolutely lived that life...for real. Beck was a pimp…