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  • Her

    Her 2013

    ★★★ Watched 06 Jul, 2014

    It's no Mannequin, but had just enough feels to make up for the slow pace and paper thin storyline. Good job by Phoenix and Johansson, managed to keep me engaged to the end, but didn't turn out to be one of my cinematic great loves.

  • Deadbeat at Dawn

    Deadbeat at Dawn 1988

    ★★★½ Watched 05 Jul, 2014

    Jim Van Bebber stars, wrote and directed this enjoyable piece of rough and ready exploitation. It's so ghetto fantasy that his nunchuck swinging, wall running, ninja star throwing, fly kicking antihero isn't as ridiculous as it sounds. 'Goose' has a lot of heart, drowning in the dirt, blood and graffiti of his inescapable urban prison and doomed fate. I love a film that tells you to go screw yourself and this one is pure attitude. Special mention to crazy 'Bone Cruncher'...that guy was Michael Shannoning before Micheal Shannon!

  • Lovelace

    Lovelace 2013

    ★★★ Watched 21 Jun, 2014

    Interesting approach to the bio-pic, but felt a little too light on the details. Sharon Stone doing a Sigouney Weaver was a surprise treat.

  • The Iceman

    The Iceman 2012

    ★★★ Watched 13 Jun, 2014

    I'm not going to lie. I have a massive raging hard on for Michael Shannon. He is the master of playing completely fucked up characters that internalise all that crazy. He is like the rattling lid on a pressure cooker. The clenching fist. The eye tick of a psychopath. Yet somehow completely loveable at the same time. He, along with a surprising supporting cast, save this by-the-numbers biopic from being ultimately forgettable and stale.

    There is a truly great Michael Shannon movie still waiting to be made, he deserves it. Maybe he should hook up with Nicolas Winding Refn?

  • X-Men: Days of Future Past

    X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014

    ★★½ Watched 26 May, 2014

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This starts off so well. It's got adaptive sentinel mutant killing machines in the future and Wolverine looking bad arse in a 70s setting. Quicksilver turned out to be a complete surprise standout character with the best scene of the movie. Young Prof X is a smackhead. And nobody is mentioning how short Peter Dinklage is, amazingly progressive shit there Hollywood. I was totally on board.

    But then it began to dawn on me that nothing in the film ultimately…

  • Godzilla

    Godzilla 2014

    ★★½ Watched 22 May, 2014

    I hope Goji is the sort of actor who doesn't watch his own movies. The poor fella brought his A game to this boring human drama slog of inconsequential tedium when his supporting actors barely seemed conscious. I'm less bored on my daily commute into the office. I give Brian Cranston Pickle a pass since he could clearly only wear that stupid wig for so long before demanding he be released from his contract. Godzilla got to swim with a…

  • X-Men: First Class

    X-Men: First Class 2011

    ★★★ Rewatched 17 May, 2014

    Gave this another watch since the sequel is almost upon us and I literally had fuck all else to do other than drown out all the drunk football fans staggering around outside. Overall it holds up, but all the nods to what shall pass really jarred with me this time. Wheels is giving so many winks at the end there I thought he was having a stroke (oh balls, by calling him "wheels" I've only gone and done it myself).

    Bring on time travelling Wolverine...I do hope that's as ridiculous as it sounds.

  • Only God Forgives

    Only God Forgives 2013

    ★★★★ Rewatched 17 May, 2014

    Rewatched this with the directors commentary, the lack of dialogue really lends itself to it and I highly recommend you give it a go if you struggled with Wing-Ding-Ding-A-Ling's intentions.

    I was clearly in tune with his themes and symbolism first time round as there were no real revelations here, however what was surprising to me was how little set dressing was required. Most of what you see - the boxing club, brothel, restaurant, karaoke bar, mechanic shop - were actual locations brought to life through the magical abilities of the film's cinematographer Larry Smith...and shit load of Chinese lanterns.

    Spellbinding stuff.

  • End of Watch

    End of Watch 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 15 May, 2014

    I watched this last night on youtube with my headphones on, iPad screen right all up in my face and have to say for the most part completely fell in love with it. Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena have the chemistry of life long friends, their relationship is the backbone of the movie, everything hangs off it and they do an amazing job. The multiple cameras technique borrowed a little from the Found Footage genre, just enough to give the…

  • Berberian Sound Studio

    Berberian Sound Studio 2012

    ★★ Watched 19 Apr, 2014 1

    I thought I'd give this one a while to marinade my mind before putting up some words, but in truth I've not thought of the film once since it left me so bemused. Its ending was such a shock, that it could be traveling down a path that ultimately was so unsatisfying depresses me to think back on it now. Of course I've been know to be very wrong about a film (Children Of Men second viewing was a revelation),…

  • The Raid 2

    The Raid 2 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 12 Apr, 2014

    That Welsh boy knocked it out the park!

  • The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

    The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension 1984

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Apr, 2014

    "What's that watermelon doing there?"
    "I'll tell you later!"

    Packed with surprises and held together with duct tape, I've been looking forward to watching this for years and it didn't dissapoint one bit. In an industry bogged down with ill advised sequels, surely this is one adventure that deserves to be continued!