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  • Hot Fuzz

    Hot Fuzz 2007

    ★★★ Rewatched 23 Jul, 2013

    While Simon Pegg shaped up to play elite London policeman officer Nicholas Angle who is transferred to a boring country town, sadly the writing since Shaun Of The Dead has gotten a little flabby. The rural setting playing a part in slowing things down as the scene is set and the humour of the locals takes centre stage. Despite a fun double act by Paddy Considine and Rafe Spall as pisstaking detectives, the rest of the colourful characters left me…

  • Shaun of the Dead

    Shaun of the Dead 2004

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 22 Jul, 2013

    Spaced is one of the best TV shows ever created (well, season one at least). It's up there with The Wire and Breaking Bad in so much as these programmes have the creative direction and performance quality that, not only compete with most cinema outings, but often bitch slap the shit out of them. They are labours of love with all involved seemingly committed to producing the best work they possibly can.

    So it was really no surprise that Edgar…

  • Hustle & Flow

    Hustle & Flow 2005

    ★★★★ Rewatched 21 Jul, 2013

    "You stand by your product?"
    "Is a pig's pussy pork?"

    Making a film where you expect your audience to sympathise and ultimately root for a pimp takes real hustle, Terrance Howard puts in such a wonderful performance that you end up doing just that. It certainly helps that the majority of the supporting characters are sympathetic and share Djay's desire to change their circumstances, but it's Howard's ability to pimp everybody around him, the viewer and especially himself that raises this above similar escape the hood rap movies.

  • The Day the Earth Stood Still

    The Day the Earth Stood Still 2008

    Watched 16 Jul, 2013

    I've not seen the original version of The Day The Earth Stood Still since I was kid, but it was surprisingly fresh in my mind as I sat down to watch this. The flying saucer landing on the baseball diamond greeted by the US Army, the alien coming out and warning mankind to pack it in or else, the big metal robot disintegrating rifles and tanks with a laser from his eye slot, all unforgettably iconic stuff. It came out…

  • Despicable Me 2

    Despicable Me 2 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 26 Jun, 2013

    This was my first Despicable Me and it walked a very fine line between being funny and annoying. At times it was funnily annoying and others annoyingly funny. Occasionally it was just annoying. Most of the time it was funny. The minions are wonderful little characters full of personality and provide a much needed rest from the shouty main character and his hyperactive female partner. The leads certainly have their moments (the date scene stood out for me in particular),…

  • A Good Day to Die Hard

    A Good Day to Die Hard 2013

    Watched 20 Jun, 2013

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    John McClain wanders out of a home. Mumbling. Inconsequential subtitles. Explosions. "I'm on vacation" Mumbling. Inconsequential subtitles. Explosions. "I'm on vacation" Mumbling. Inconsequential subtitles. Explosions. "I'm on fucking vacation"

    How can the same shit happen to the same guy over and over in the same movie?

  • Man of Steel

    Man of Steel 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 14 Jun, 2013 1

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    One of the reasons The Matrix is such a brilliant movie is it was only in the final scene that I realised I had been watching a superhero origin story. Superman in cyberspace, basically. Man Of Steel played an equally brilliant hand, revealing that this had actually been a Clark Kent origin story. Whether taking a baby from such a fantastical world as Krypton and transforming him into a mild mannered reporter is as satisfying a conclusion as taking a…

  • Gangster Squad

    Gangster Squad 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 31 May, 2013

    What a surprise this turned out to be after the luke warm reception it got. It's cerainly not going to trouble LA Confidential since it's too pulpy and so damn dumb in comparison. But then the action hits harder and the tommy guns blaze brighter than the lacklustre Public Enemies. I guess it's kind of like a cartoon Untouchables (especially Gosling's Bugs Bunny voice) with some great 'oh shit son' moments that I just got a real kick out of. Goofy fun.

  • Safe House

    Safe House 2012

    ★★ Watched 31 May, 2013

    Men run around crying and killing each other. Put down the guns lads and come over here for a hug.

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers: Funky Monks

    Red Hot Chili Peppers: Funky Monks 1991

    ★★★★ Watched 29 May, 2013

    I'm on a bit of a Chili's trip at the moment after reading Anthony Kiedis autobiography on holiday by the pool. The documentary is a great snapshot of a band arguably at the height of their powers, holed up in a mansion recording their finest album to date. Sure it feels more like a promotional video than an exposé but if you've already made up your mind that you're buying what they're selling then its a pretty good watch. It's…

  • The Darkest Hour

    The Darkest Hour 2011

    Watched 29 May, 2013

    I watched this. It's all my fault. I didn't have to. I could have cleaned the top of the fridge or wormed my neighbour's cat.

  • Room 237

    Room 237 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 30 May, 2013

    The Shining is my favourite horror film, so this was a fascinating watch (as well as listen). The reverse screening needs to be released somewhere near me, I'd love to see the whole thing.