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  • Elysium 2013

    ★★★ Watched 28 Dec, 2013

    Horrible characters and simplistic story aside, the effects looked wonderful and the action surprisingly brutal. Ultimately a missed opportunity, with Hollywood punching above its weight against the videogame industry.

  • Stick It 2006

    ★★ Watched 26 Sep, 2013

    Not the type of film I'd usually watch, but was off sick and didn't have the energy to put my usual sick day movie 'Hot Pursuit' DVD in so...also I was gambling on Jeff Bridges at least bringing something to the table. But sadly no. If attitude in the gymnastics world equals throwing up the devil horns and popping your bra strap then quite frankly you can stick it. The lead was pretty good on that balance beam however...and I…

  • Goemon 2009

    ★★★★ Watched 14 Sep, 2013

    Hard to talk about Goemon without first mentioning director Kazuaki Kiriya previous CGI heavy outing Casshern. An overly ambitious sci-fi story revolving around mutants born of experimentation declaring war on mankind, it had one truly remarkable and memorable action sequence that made Kiriya a talent to watch out for in the future.

    This time around the story is more familiar with 'master thief' Goemon being a sort of Robin Hood character in feudal Japan. The CGI aesthetic returns allowing for…

  • I Want My Name Back 2011

    ★★★ Watched 01 Sep, 2013

    The birth of commercial Hip Hop came with some real dark shadows, this uneven documentary casts a bright light on the biggest record 'Rapper's Delight' and the battle by the real original members against the fake Sugar Hill Gang who trademarked their names and performed as them. Master Gee and Wonder Mike telling their side of the story on a bench in front of the site where the Sugar Hill recording studio used to stand before it burnt down is subtly powerful stuff.

  • Killing Them Softly 2012

    ★★½ Watched 28 Aug, 2013

    Both Ray Liotta and Ben Mendelsohn were also in The Place Beyond The Pines, these guys deserve better movies. What a missed opportunity.

  • Get the Gringo 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Aug, 2013

    Mel Gibson sat watching a Lucha Libre match with a smoking ten year old boy in the middle of a Mexican prison town. If any of that sounds awesome to you then give this a go!

  • Killer Elite 2011

    ★★½ Watched 13 Aug, 2013

    The world is in chaos. The economic crisis continues as an oil crises looms. War rages everywhere. It is a time of revolution, assassination and covert operations. It is a time of men. Real manly men. Men with moustaches who drive motors and fire shooters. Shooters with silencers. It is all pretty ridiculous.

    It is 1980

  • Chopper 2000

    ★★★★ Watched 07 Aug, 2013 1

    Bloody good and surprising too. The first half an hour or so is actually terrific and contains the essence of the film, the rest is just more of the same really which, while holds your attention, doesn't really do anything new.

  • Only God Forgives 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 04 Aug, 2013

    There is something amusing to me about Refn following up Drive with an abstract foreign art film that alienates the very audience that its star attracts.

  • War Horse 2011

    ★★★ Watched 28 Jul, 2013

    I'd write a proper review but can hardly see through the tears.

  • Savages 2012

    ★★ Watched 27 Jul, 2013 3

    "I think, basically, you want us to eat your shit and call it caviar"

    Exactly.

  • Repo Chick 2009

    ★★ Watched 27 Jul, 2013

    I was hoping this was going to be that good type of trash movie, made on a tiny budget using toy models and green screen it at least has its own distinctive style and a punky approach. But the script is dire and the characters are beyond annoying. After around half an hour my brain went into survival mode and started to tune the film out, only a cameo by director Alex Cox snapped me back briefly before some nonesence about golf had me thinking back to the happier days of BBC's Moviedrome series.