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  • 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.

  • Life of Pi

    Life of Pi 2012

    ★★½ Watched 12 May, 2013 1

    Visuals lacked the promised magic due to non-HD Sky viewing, found the story to be a little too one note and the heavy handed ending didn't help win me over. The tiger looked wonderful throughout, certainly feel I missed something visually interesting in a 3D cinema screening.

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    Lawrence of Arabia 1962

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 12 May, 2013

    Who are you?

  • Star Trek Into Darkness

    Star Trek Into Darkness 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 09 May, 2013

    Enjoyed it, though not as much as the first one. Loved how the trailer played me like a fiddle.

  • Iron Man 3

    Iron Man 3 2013

    ★★★ Watched 28 Apr, 2013

    The original Iron Man movie is fantastic, second only in the Marvel universe to The Avengers. Iron Man 2 was, lets be honest, pretty boring and forgettable. The third outing needed to go off in some strange new direction to avoid falling into a similar trap and it certainly gives it a good shot.

    The attack on Tony's cliff side crib is so exciting, explosive and emotional that it's hard to see how the rest of the film could top…

  • Iron Man

    Iron Man 2008

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 24 Apr, 2013

    Still dope!

  • Poetry

    Poetry 2010

    ★★★★ Watched 17 Apr, 2013 4

    This film's approach to its subject matter is a wonderful thing to experience. You can be happily watching the old lady wandering around, think her quest to learn how to write poetry is sweet and sad, enjoy the matter of fact way her world is visually presented, just drift on the humdrum of it all. But be warned. This film comes so stealth with it that it could well mess you up, probably for a while after watching it, and you may even fall in love with it if you give it a chance. If not the film then certainly its lead actress.

  • Oblivion

    Oblivion 2013

    ★★½ Watched 14 Apr, 2013

    Had I not already seen Moon, The Terminator, Independence Day, Robocop, Cast Away and Disney's The Black Hole this would have been a pretty cool movie. Weirdly, I felt a bit embarrassed at the end for being a fan of the genre. Tom Cruse' last line probably had Vasquez and Gorman turning in their graves. It looked great, but Tom, looks aren't everything.

  • Moonrise Kingdom

    Moonrise Kingdom 2012

    ★★½ Watched 06 Apr, 2013

    I've not seen anything worth talking about for a while now. Watched Moonrise Kingdom last night and, while I liked some elements of it, it felt like the director was going over a very well trodden path (by his boots of course) and didn't do anything as well as in Rushmore. Even the usually excellent Bill Murray was just shuffling around in the background. I enjoy the theatrical approach to cinema, the whole Brechtian thing, but a little emotional identification goes a long way. Maybe put some laughs in next time too. Great end credits mind you.

  • RED

    RED 2010

    ★★½ Watched 24 Mar, 2013

    Interesting concept for a film and a really wonderful cast, but the plot just seemed to be there to link one ageing actor to the next. That would be OK if there was a decent story once the band had been put back together. It's sort of like The Expendables on tea and scones rather than steroids. I'd probably watch a sequel if there is any tea left in the pot.

  • Argo

    Argo 2012

    ★★★ Watched 16 Mar, 2013

    I'm not a big fan of tension in films, so a film that is built completely around tension was never going to fully win me over. It's very well crafted and certainly squeezes as much of that unwanted emotion out of the scenario that it possibly can. But I couldn't help feel afterwards that their actual escape was rather uneventful considering the potential obstacles. Stringing all the drama together into one excruciating sequence left me feeling a little too manipulated. I get stopped at the airport every time I travel (due to identity theft) so perhaps the situation just rubbed me up the wrong way. 

  • Stay Hungry

    Stay Hungry 1976

    Watched 14 Mar, 2013

    Stumbled across this 1976 movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger playing a Mr Universe contestant and violinist - I had to watch it. Jeff Bridges being all floppy haired and a young Sally Field looking crazy hot sealed the deal. But once the initial love story had played itself out this turned into one seriously fucked up movie. In fact it has one of the best/worst endings of a film I've ever seen as it spirals into a misguided sex comedy with…