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  • Get the Gringo

    Get the Gringo 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Aug, 2013

    Mel Gibson sat watching a Lucha Libre match with a smoking ten year old boy in the middle of a Mexican prison town. If any of that sounds awesome to you then give this a go!

  • Killer Elite

    Killer Elite 2011

    ★★½ Watched 13 Aug, 2013

    The world is in chaos. The economic crisis continues as an oil crises looms. War rages everywhere. It is a time of revolution, assassination and covert operations. It is a time of men. Real manly men. Men with moustaches who drive motors and fire shooters. Shooters with silencers. It is all pretty ridiculous.

    It is 1980

  • Chopper

    Chopper 2000

    ★★★★ Watched 07 Aug, 2013 1

    Bloody good and surprising too. The first half an hour or so is actually terrific and contains the essence of the film, the rest is just more of the same really which, while holds your attention, doesn't really do anything new.

  • Only God Forgives

    Only God Forgives 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 04 Aug, 2013

    There is something amusing to me about Refn following up Drive with an abstract foreign art film that alienates the very audience that its star attracts.

  • War Horse

    War Horse 2011

    ★★★ Watched 28 Jul, 2013

    I'd write a proper review but can hardly see through the tears.

  • Savages

    Savages 2012

    ★★ Watched 27 Jul, 2013 3

    "I think, basically, you want us to eat your shit and call it caviar"


  • Repo Chick

    Repo Chick 2009

    ★★ Watched 27 Jul, 2013

    I was hoping this was going to be that good type of trash movie, made on a tiny budget using toy models and green screen it at least has its own distinctive style and a punky approach. But the script is dire and the characters are beyond annoying. After around half an hour my brain went into survival mode and started to tune the film out, only a cameo by director Alex Cox snapped me back briefly before some nonesence about golf had me thinking back to the happier days of BBC's Moviedrome series.

  • 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),…