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  • 30 Minutes or Less 2011

    ★★½ Watched 14 Nov, 2012

    There are some funny moments tucked away in this poor crime caper that sees Jesse Eisenberg forced to rob a bank by Danny McBride. The direction is fine, the cast are good and there are laughs to be had yet it never excites the way the subject matter suggests it should. Eisenberg, to his credit, plays it straight in a futile attempt to inject a bit of quality to proceedings while McBride focuses on portraying an arsehole once again -…

  • Skyfall 2012

    ★★★ Watched 30 Oct, 2012 2

    Despite having all the elements for an excellent Bond movie - exotic locations, completely mental villain, plenty of action scenes, James looking dapper while dropping one-liners, henchmen and women's undies - it left me a little flat. Not really a franchise that deserves to be over analysed, but I found the clash of old and new confused the character. In Casino Royale we we're treated to a more human, emotional and rounded Bond, a side to his personality that is…

  • The Raid 2011

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 10 Nov, 2012

    I enjoyed this even more on a second viewing. Brutally brilliant action with some fantastic cinematic direction that elevates the film to modern classic status.

  • Killer Joe 2011

    ★★★★ Watched 07 Nov, 2012 3

    I haven't seen a film this messed up in a while. Total redneck mullet movie, all business up front with the party in the back - that final scene is a humdinger! Go in blind and let it leave you wide eyed.

  • Tower Heist 2011

    ★★★ Watched 01 Nov, 2012

    Probably best described as a 'gentle' comedy that ultimately succeeds through the warmth and good will generated by its cast of has been actors. Great to see Eddie Murphy having a go at bringing back some of that 80s heat, Matthew Broderick hanging from a red sports car, Ben Stiller being, well, Ben Stiller. Alan Alda puts in a genuinely brilliant performance as the villain of the piece and will somebody, other than his brother, please give Casey Affleck a staring film role - his talents are going to waste!

  • Men in Black 3 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 06 Nov, 2012

    I've not given it a great deal of thought, but this is possibly the first time the third part of a trilogy is actually the best. With less of the wacky annoying moments from the previous outings, top turns from some surprising cast members, this was great fun throughout. Plus, Will Smith says "...Damn!"

  • The Green Hornet 2011

    ★★ Watched 31 Oct, 2012

    Being Halloween night I wanted to watch something horrible, flicking through the movie channels I came across this. It seems that if you have 'Green' in your name you really do suck as a comic book hero and shall be a rule going forward for avoiding future movie and TV outings. Seth Rogen is the unlikely Green hero here, playing the less surprising role of overly enthusiastic, dopey man-child. It's an annoying character and I couldn't help thinking that Adam…

  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 2012

    ★½ Watched 25 Oct, 2012 1

    When your movie is called Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and it ends up being utterly unenjoyable rubbish then you have to really suck at your job. 'Thankfully this is a joy from start to finish' is what I want to say here, but sadly it is in reality pure guff. There are two moments when the film is so ridiculous that it starts to become interesting - one involving some horse hopping and another with some train jumping - but…

  • Deep Impact 1998

    ★★★ Rewatched 17 Oct, 2012 1

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

  • Winter's Bone 2010

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Oct, 2012

    Winter's Bone paints one of the most bleak pictures of rural life I've seen on film using a pallet of mostly greys and black. Ozark Mountains of southern Missouri are portrayed as an inescapable ghetto run by drug dealing clans that live beyond the law. It's so desperate, hostile and lonely an environment that at one point, as Ree and Teardrop sit in a graveyard, they could have been on the edge of space. We all know that things have…

  • The Thing 2011

    ★★½ Watched 15 Oct, 2012

    Putting the fact that this is an unwanted and unneeded remake/prequel aside, I was surprised to find myself really enjoying it for the most part. The monsters looked great, there was some palpable tension and suspence, plus Mary Elizabeth Winstead makes for a plucky lead. Then the film decides to try and go off in it's own direction with disastrous results. There's some random running around a spaceship and everything is just so damn dark. Did the lighting crew freeze…

  • Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 13 Oct, 2012

    There is a purposefully repetitive formula to Ice-T's documentary. 

    First a geographical introduction overlaid with a piece of music. A visual slab of hip hop culture that fits perfectly with the track, the images vibrant and the sound hitting hard from all channels. The stage is set. 

    Then the artist is given an opportunity to drop some lyrics, straight into the camera, their face filling the screen rapping straight at you. It brings Radio Raheem's story of love and hate…