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  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 29 Mar, 2014

    Sits happily just behind Avengers and Iron Man. it's easily the best of the, so far, dissapointing character sequels.

  • Wreck-It Ralph

    Wreck-It Ralph 2012

    ★★ Watched 16 Mar, 2014 2

    My mind kept wandering off, I wonder if videogames can be viewed passively for more than 10 minutes before wanting it to be your turn with the gamepad? Would this have been better with Donkey Kong, Mario and Princess Peach in the lead roles?

  • The Lords of Salem

    The Lords of Salem 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 23 Mar, 2014

    I've never been a believer in God, but after spending Halloween in a church rectory as a child and being made to read the lords prayer backwards from a tapestry that hung above the bed I've always found religious horror movies to be rather unnerving. No matter how stupid they are. And this one sure does have its moments. To be fair to Rob Zombie, he has certainly upped his game this time, stepping out of his trashy comfort zone…

  • The Zero Theorem

    The Zero Theorem 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Mar, 2014

    I've been waiting for Terry Gilliam to make a follow up to his masterpiece Brazil since I first saw it back in the early 90s. Yes, Twelve Monkey's had elements, but with his latest film Zero Theorem would it be, after some thirty years, the case of an old director going back to the well? Be careful what you wish for.

    So lets get this out of the way first. It can be seen as a companion piece to Brazil,…

  • This Is the End

    This Is the End 2013

    Watched 21 Mar, 2014 1

    When you're making jokes about raping Emma Watson it could quite possibly be the end. Much like many of the films these guys star in, this thought it was funny but it wasn't. Getting them in a room together and expecting comedic magic to just happen, rather than providing amusing set pieces for them to riff off, was giving these actors far more credit than they deserve. Jonah Hill and Danny McBride get a pass, this time...

  • Hitchcock

    Hitchcock 2012

    ★★ Watched 09 Feb, 2014

    Managed to convince me that Alfred Hitchcock and Psycho was actually a bit dull and twee. What was all that stuff with the guy from The Crow about too?

  • Sound City

    Sound City 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 02 Feb, 2014

    Part wonderful documentary about the birth place of some amazing albums and an argument for analogue sound over digital, part Dave Grohl ego trip. Thanfully the good out weighs the bad.

  • Valhalla Rising

    Valhalla Rising 2009

    ★★★★ Watched 30 Jan, 2014

    Wonderfully shot and beautifully paced. I've been after seeing what came before Drive and Only God Forgives for a while now and was pleased to spend an hour and a half in familiar yet very strange territory. The framing made up for the CGI blood and the soundtrack is hauntingly excellent. The film walks (or should that be dawdles) a thin line between boredom and fascination at times, overall a captivating experience.

  • Spring Breakers

    Spring Breakers 2013

    ★★★ Watched 28 Jan, 2014

    I fast forwarded through most of this, but when the final scene came on I kind of wished I hadn't. Something of substance must have whizzed by, some plot at least that would have made sense of that ending. Or maybe not. Did it really only have 3 lines of dialogue that just got repeated over and over? I shall never know.

  • Two-Lane Blacktop

    Two-Lane Blacktop 1971

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Jan, 2014

    Love films like this. Couple of characters doing there thing with no regard for the 9 to 5 world they're motoring their way through, picking up people as they go. Will these encounters change the course they're on or will they continue to burn on down their own road? Not as ambitious as Easy Rider, but the stripped down approach allows it the freedom to have its own identity and isn't that what it's all about, man?

  • Elysium

    Elysium 2013

    ★★★ Watched 28 Dec, 2013

    Horrible characters and simplistic story aside, the effects looked wonderful and the action surprisingly brutal. Ultimately a missed opportunity, with Hollywood punching above its weight against the videogame industry.

  • Stick It

    Stick It 2006

    ★★ Watched 26 Sep, 2013

    Not the type of film I'd usually watch, but was off sick and didn't have the energy to put my usual sick day movie 'Hot Pursuit' DVD in so...also I was gambling on Jeff Bridges at least bringing something to the table. But sadly no. If attitude in the gymnastics world equals throwing up the devil horns and popping your bra strap then quite frankly you can stick it. The lead was pretty good on that balance beam however...and I…