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  • 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),…

  • A Good Day to Die Hard

    A Good Day to Die Hard 2013

    Watched 20 Jun, 2013

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

    John McClain wanders out of a home. Mumbling. Inconsequential subtitles. Explosions. "I'm on vacation" Mumbling. Inconsequential subtitles. Explosions. "I'm on vacation" Mumbling. Inconsequential subtitles. Explosions. "I'm on fucking vacation"

    How can the same shit happen to the same guy over and over in the same movie?

  • Man of Steel

    Man of Steel 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 14 Jun, 2013 1

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

    One of the reasons The Matrix is such a brilliant movie is it was only in the final scene that I realised I had been watching a superhero origin story. Superman in cyberspace, basically. Man Of Steel played an equally brilliant hand, revealing that this had actually been a Clark Kent origin story. Whether taking a baby from such a fantastical world as Krypton and transforming him into a mild mannered reporter is as satisfying a conclusion as taking a…

  • Gangster Squad

    Gangster Squad 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 31 May, 2013

    What a surprise this turned out to be after the luke warm reception it got. It's cerainly not going to trouble LA Confidential since it's too pulpy and so damn dumb in comparison. But then the action hits harder and the tommy guns blaze brighter than the lacklustre Public Enemies. I guess it's kind of like a cartoon Untouchables (especially Gosling's Bugs Bunny voice) with some great 'oh shit son' moments that I just got a real kick out of. Goofy fun.

  • Safe House

    Safe House 2012

    ★★ Watched 31 May, 2013

    Men run around crying and killing each other. Put down the guns lads and come over here for a hug.

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers: Funky Monks

    Red Hot Chili Peppers: Funky Monks 1991

    ★★★★ Watched 29 May, 2013

    I'm on a bit of a Chili's trip at the moment after reading Anthony Kiedis autobiography on holiday by the pool. The documentary is a great snapshot of a band arguably at the height of their powers, holed up in a mansion recording their finest album to date. Sure it feels more like a promotional video than an exposé but if you've already made up your mind that you're buying what they're selling then its a pretty good watch. It's…

  • The Darkest Hour

    The Darkest Hour 2011

    Watched 29 May, 2013

    I watched this. It's all my fault. I didn't have to. I could have cleaned the top of the fridge or wormed my neighbour's cat.

  • 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…