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  • Prometheus 2012

    ★★ Rewatched 28 Dec, 2012

    "It's not a traditional foetus" - David

    Rewatch, this time on Blu-Ray (yeah, thanks Mum), and this line really stood out. Not only is it from the best scene in the film, but seems to sum up the movie. The misshapen bits still bothered me, but I was able to focus on the stuff that worked and the extra/alternate scenes gave additional insight into the creative process if not actual answers. The more violent conception seemed more in keeping with…

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012

    ★★★ Watched 26 Dec, 2012 1

    With his LotR trilogy and King Kong remake, Peter Jackson owned Christmas for four consecutive years. His return to Middle Earth has also brought back my festive family cinema trip tradition (last year's Girl With The Dragon Tattoo just wasn't the same). I'd wanted to go to the 48fps 3D version, but decided that would be too radical an experience for my ageing parents so settled for 2D - thought I'd mention that now since it's been quite the talking…

  • Half Nelson 2006

    ★★★ Watched 16 Dec, 2012

    Fichtean Dialectics (Hegelian Dialectics) is based upon four concepts:

    Everything is transient and finite, existing in the medium of time.

    Everything is composed of contradictions (opposing forces).

    Gradual changes lead to crises, turning points when one force overcomes its opponent force (quantitative change leads to qualitative change).

    Change is helical (spiral), not circular (negation of the negation).

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2012

    ★★½ Watched 15 Dec, 2012

    Not again...really? Oh go on then.

    Bit like when that mate down the pub tells you that boring story you've heard many times before, but you all like him enough to not interrupt and he's had a few so at least it's a bit different from the last time. Hang on, that's me...

    Remake fatigue aside, I actually liked the two leads (especially Emma Stone in a lab coat and long socks) and Spider-Man on a couple of occasions actually…

  • The Man with the Iron Fists 2012

    ★½ Watched 13 Dec, 2012 1

    I've been a fan of the Wu-Tang for years, mainly because they aint nuffin to fuck wit, and have always admired the RZA for taking the Kung-Fu and Horror genres and playfully mixing them with his own brand of Hip Hop. So when I heard he'd been hanging out with Jamusch and Tarantino, making soundtracks and absorbing their cinematic teachings I knew it'd only be a matter of time before RZA stepped into the arena. I guess he managed to…

  • Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 12 Dec, 2012 2

    Tarantino loves to remind you that you're watching one of his films, his attention seeking approach is the basis of his style and often the most enjoyable element of his movies. He knows what he likes and wants to put it in your face so you too can see how cool it is. I'd say generally Tarantino movies are playful and fun. So I was intrigued to see how he approached the weighty subject matter of black slavery and racism…

  • Ted 2012

    ★★½ Watched 28 Nov, 2012

    Interesting idea, the Flash Gordon stuff was surprisingly great, but just wasn't that funny and I imagine in a couple of days time I'll have forgotten I'd even watched it.

  • Mission: Impossible III 2006

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 25 Nov, 2012

    Once this starts running at full pelt it simply doesn't stop until the credits roll and I loved every second. The cast are wonderful from the surprisingly punchy Philip Seymour Hoffman down to a bit part by Aaron Paul. Ving Rhames brings the soul, Simon Pegg adds some comedy and Michelle Monaghan is just straight up gorgeous - as ever. But, of course, this is a Tom Cruise movie and he more than carries it, more like he knocks it…

  • Jack and Jill 2011

    Watched 24 Nov, 2012 1

    By a strange twist of fate I watched this after the excellent House (it was on while I was cooking some Uncle Ben's Chilli con Carne). House being an experimental horror film that doubles as a commercial for the medium of cinema, while Jack and Jill is a horrible 'comedy' film that doubles as a commercial for a variety of food and drink products. I feel like i've witnessed both ends of the cinematic spectrum this afternoon, I just wish…

  • House 1977

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Nov, 2012

    The Letterboxd community have turned me onto some interesting films this year, but one has intrigued me more than the rest and its freaky orange cat cover has been sat on my watch list crying out for attention for too long. Having got hold of a copy of the Masters of Cinema dvd I thought it best I prepare myself with a read through the accompanying booklet entitled 'Unhinged Desire' by Paul Roquet. 

    It explains the idea of a house…

  • Little Boat 2011

    ★★★ Watched 24 Nov, 2012

    Short but very sweet.

  • Immortals 2011

    ★★★ Watched 24 Nov, 2012

    I know it's all done with computers these days, but I still reckon some guy in the production dept went through an amazing amount of silver and gold spray paint. In fact I think they used up all of the silver and gold spray paint in the whole world forcing half the cast to act with hardly any clothes. I suspect watching this film, sat close to the tv, could have the same effect as spending a few hours in an Essex tanning salon. I'd write something about the acting and story, but I need to go lift some weights.