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  • Django Unchained

    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

    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.

  • Gone Girl

    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.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    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...

  • Birdman

    Birdman 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Jan, 2015

    Direction and acting are both handled wonderfully, smudging the divide between theatre and cinema, mocking both worlds while celebrating their power. Birdman won me over pretty quickly and I was ready for something amazing to happen. Like, Fight Club or Brazil amazing, which admittedly is asking a hell of a lot, but it felt like it was coming, that this film could blow my mind. That utimately it didn't left me feeling a little unsatisfied, but I get that's more my failing than the film's. I certainly won't begrudge it getting all the awards this year.

  • Boyhood

    Boyhood 2014

    ★★★ Watched 06 Feb, 2015

    This isn't the Boyz In The Hood reboot I was hoping for, but the timelaps technique was original enough to hold my attention through the running time and, despite not much actually happening, I thought it was alright. Hype is a motherfucker tho.

  • Drive

    Drive 2011

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 04 Apr, 2012

    Second time around and it's still bloody brilliant.

  • Drive

    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 Avengers

    The Avengers 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 26 Apr, 2012 1

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

    I've had to spoiler this review which probably means nobody will ever read it, but I had such a good time at the cinema last night I'd hate to selfishly ruin it for anybody else.

    If your film's plot is as simple as that of Galaga (defeat the space invaders) then you really need to have some amazing characters, with fantastic dialogue driving some impressive action scenes. So its just as well that Avengers has a team of them...and a…

  • The Dark Knight

    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

    The Dark Knight Rises 2012

    ★★½ Watched 23 Jul, 2012 4

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

    Pacing is a very important element of filmmaking. It's possible to effectively tell a story through a series of brief scenes or even just a sequence of still shots, but get it wrong and it can undermine the entire experience. If you have more plot, characters, themes and action sequences than your film's running time would comfortably allow then you could end up falling foul of bad pacing. Despite being rather long, The Dark Knight Rises is burdened with an…

  • The Dark Knight Rises

    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.