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  • 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…

  • Her 2013

    ★★★ Watched 06 Jul, 2014

    It's no Mannequin, but had just enough feels to make up for the slow pace and paper thin storyline. Good job by Phoenix and Johansson, managed to keep me engaged to the end, but didn't turn out to be one of my cinematic great loves.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 31 Jul, 2014

    Packed with surprises and at times wonderfully inventive, I fell pretty hard for this joyful piece of comicbook sci-fi. It made me feel like a kid again and reminded me how vast and exciting i used to imagine space to be. Plus its genuinely funny and touching. Yep, I'm hooked...

  • Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 18 Oct, 2014

    Fincher has secured his place as a true master director here, skilfully manipulating his audience at the level of Hitchcock. Brilliantly cast, wonderfully shot and utterly compelling storytelling from start to finish.

  • The Avengers 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 26 Apr, 2012 1

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

  • Drive 2011

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 04 Apr, 2012

    Second time around and it's still bloody brilliant.

  • Drive 2011

    ★★★★★ Added

    This film felt like it belongs in the company of other greats like Taxi Driver and Scarface. Its not often you feel like you've just watched an instant classic, its this year's Wrestler for me.

  • The Dark Knight 2008

    ★★★½ Rewatched 22 Jul, 2012

    Night two of my Batathon and the change in style between films was initially a little jarring. The Dark Knight picks up just a year on, but everything feels different. Gotham looks like another city all together, with the CGI slums gone replaced by shiny real world skyscrapers, only its bridges evoke the previous setting. The charred remains of Wayne Manor now replaced by a luxury penthouse apartment. Even Batman himself has a new look and, unfortunately, a new voice.…

  • The Dark Knight Rises 2012

    ★★★ Rewatched 29 Dec, 2012

    "Not a lot of people know what it feels like to be angry, in your bones" - John Blake

    Rewatch, on Blu-Ray and a much more enjoyable experience this time around. The hurried pacing wasn't as annoying and the lack of focus on the film's main character allowed me to enjoy the other members of the piece, each having their moment to shine. Still, despite its attempts to bring the trilogy to an epic conclusion I wanted more of the Batman.

  • The Dark Knight Rises 2012

    ★★½ Watched 23 Jul, 2012 4

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

  • Silver Linings Playbook 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 17 Jan, 2013

    Sometimes my 'Birthday Movie' is just whatever is showing at the cinema that day (which would explain Daybreakers), but I made the effort of hunting down a screening of this and was very glad I did. The two leads are worthy of praise, but I was pleasantly surprised at how fantastic the ensemble cast was. Really drew me into the lives of these people (in a similar way to The Descendants) and made me love Robert De Niro again. If only every Birthday was this good!

  • 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…