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  • 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,…

  • 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.