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  • 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.

  • From Beyond 1986

    ★★★★ Watched 23 Nov, 2012 1

    Movies from the 80s really knew how to have fun didn't they?! Combs and Crampton appear to be having as wild a time as the special effects team in this high concept gore-fest that serves up the laughs just as well as the screams with a dose of sexual deviancy on the side. I honestly wasn't expecting it to be this good. Maybe it's time I revisited Re-Animator...

  • Battleship 2012

    ★★ Watched 21 Sep, 2012

    What a load of tosh.

  • Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest 2011

    ★★★½ Watched 18 Nov, 2012 1

    Tribe have always been a shameful hole in my Hip Hop knowledge. I was down with their fourth album 'Beats, Rhymes and Life' but pretty much everything before that, other than the big hits of course, has been a mystery to me - until now! The first half of this doc is a genuinely fascinating look at how the members met, how the group came to be and some insight into the birth of their particular style. New York actor…

  • Children of Men 2006

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 17 Nov, 2012 2

    The year is 2027. Mankind is on the brink of extinction due to a prolonged period of female infertility. Global conflict has torn most countries apart. Refugees seeking asylum in Britian are rounded up by the police state in detention camps. A dystopian future so bleak the government issues suicide pills. However, at its heart this is a story of hope. A glimmer of light in the darkness.

    I didn't take this film in properly when I first saw it,…