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  • House Party

    House Party 1990

    ★★★★★ Added 7

    "I gotta get this fan fixed. It's so hot in here, I could'a sworn I saw the Devil sittin' in the living room".

    This movie was huge for me back in the day, I was surprised to find that I can still quote the shit out of it. Originally written for DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, but thankfully the job went to a couple of Salt-n-Pepa back up dancers. Kid N' Play bring the fun, sure they're not…

  • Dark Shadows

    Dark Shadows 2012

    ★★ Watched 29 Jan, 2013

    There are just three things I like about this film, the soundtrack and Eva Green's boobs.

  • Synecdoche, New York

    Synecdoche, New York 2008

    ★★★★★ Watched 26 Jan, 2013

    Pretentious review alert!

    "And they say there is no fate, but there is: it's what you create. And even though the world goes on for eons and eons, you are only here for a fraction of a fraction of a second. Most of your time is spent being dead or not yet born. But while alive, you wait in vain, wasting years, for a phone call or a letter or a look from someone or something to make it all…

  • The Grey

    The Grey 2011

    ★★★ Watched 24 Jan, 2013

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

    When I heard talk of Liam Neeson beating woodland animals to death with his fists I was, of course, very much on board because TAKEN! I imagined Liam out in the wilds of Ireland, a tough old goat who runs a whiskey distillery which keeps him in a permanent state of drunken rage, which in turn keeps the local villagers away. One day this angry at the world loaner is forced into town when he runs out of potatoes and…

  • Dredd

    Dredd 2012

    ★★★★ Rewatched 22 Jan, 2013

    "It's all the deep end"

    Rewatched this in 2D on blu-ray and even the poor picture quality couldn't stop me from enjoying it all over again, though it did make me think about buying a 3D telly. Didn't fully appreciated the soundtrack first time around - damn that shit is pumping! If not the start of a movie franchise, then I'd take a TV series...no? Not even that? Makes you wonder what is wrong with this world sometimes.

  • Silver Linings Playbook

    Silver Linings Playbook 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 17 Jan, 2013

    Sometimes my 'Birthday Movie' is just whatever is showing at the cinema that day (which would explain Daybreakers), but I made the effort of hunting down a screening of this and was very glad I did. The two leads are worthy of praise, but I was pleasantly surprised at how fantastic the ensemble cast was. Really drew me into the lives of these people (in a similar way to The Descendants) and made me love Robert De Niro again. If only every Birthday was this good!

  • It's All About Love

    It's All About Love 2003

    ★★★ Watched 16 Jan, 2013

    A romantic film centred around the rekindling of an estranged husband and wife's relationship is one way to describe It's All About Love. Discovering how dogma95 founder Thomas Vinterberg  has chosen to articulate this particular reunion is rather surprising so I shall not spoil it. Instead I recommend that you persevere through the bad dubbing and off putting accents that greet you and let Joaquin Phoenix and Claire Danes take you on an unusual journey.

  • The Girl

    The Girl 2012

    ★★★ Watched 08 Jan, 2013 2

    "There was a young lady of Trent,
    who said that she knew what it meant,
    when he asked her to dine,
    private room, lots of wine,
    she knew, oh she knew,
    but she went!"

    Why is it films about magicians always come out in pairs? I've always regarded 'Hitchcock' as having dark magical cinematic powers after a screening of Psycho drew an overly excited yelp from me during its climax and left me spellbound. So here we have 'The Girl',…

  • Total Recall

    Total Recall 2012

    ★★ Watched 05 Jan, 2013

    Kept my interest for the first half as I played the comparison game with the original, with this version coming off very much second best each time. The "2 Weeks" red herring would have been fantastic, had that bit not been in the trailer. Soon bored by the continued disappointment I was ultimately defeated by a couple of issues:

    Firstly, it wouldn't be an exaggeration to say 80% of the shots contain lens flare. Not only is this technique as…

  • Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

    Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows 2011

    ★★★½ Rewatched 02 Jan, 2013

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

    Lost a little of its sparkle on a rewatch - post Prometheus it was funny seeing Noomi Repace's strangely smooth face pop up as I'd forgot she was even in this. Still great entertainment and wonderfully directed and acted by the two leads. I normally can't stand smug Jude Law, but in these movies he is fantastic! The End? I bloody well hope not.

  • The Descendants

    The Descendants 2011

    ★★★★ Watched 01 Jan, 2013

    I love films that seem to evolve right before your eyes and this is certainly one of them. It gets off to a terrible start as the main character delivers a set up piece of narration that is so heavy handed I was already dreading what was to come. But the focus subtly shifts and widens during the course of the movie from Clooney's struggling father character to those around him as he reconnects and lets them into his world.…

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro 1988

    ★★★ Watched 01 Jan, 2013 6

    First film of the year and I wanted it to be a 100% bonafide classic to start things off right! I'd heard My Neighbour Totoro praised as 'the best animation movie of all time' so when it popped up on Blu-Ray I insisted that Santa bring me a copy. Yet a good way into it I was getting a little impatient. The story of two children discovering the wonders of the countryside had a certain charm, but not enough to…