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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 17 May, 2015

    There is something wonderful about the insane moments being physically created, bit like the acid bridge scene from Apocalypse now. I fully welcome the return to this sort of filmmaking even though the final product didn't achieve the masterpiece status others are proclaiming it to be. I loved so much about it, especially the ruling family of characters and the strong female lead, but it didn't feel like a Matrix or The Raid kind of leap for the action genre...more a nostalgic love letter on some very fancy paper.

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★ Rewatched 11 Oct, 2015

    I enjoyed this at the cinema, but it's so much better in 2D with the subwoofer cranked and sat right up close to the TV.

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 17 Dec, 2015

    Going in my fear was that this would be too similar to the original Star Wars, but it turned out that the familiarity of story structure, characters, locations, ships, costumes, sound effects and overall iconography is what I'd been craving since Return Of The Jedi. The whole film is one big popcorny piece of fan service, a pacy ride that introduces four wonderful new characters (Rey, Finn, Poe and BB-8 all excellent) while catching up with the classics too. Old…

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 06 Apr, 2015

    I read a book called The Forever War ages ago that dealt with soldiers fighting across vast reaches of space and the complications delays in time cause in such a conflict, chiefly in the relay of information. Interstellar also plays around with this concept to very pleasing effect. Great to see a film touch on this type of subject matter while telling the simple story of a father trying to reconnect with his daughter.

  • 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…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 24 Oct, 2015

    Amazing.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.…

  • Inside Out

    Inside Out 2015

    ★★½ Watched 26 Mar, 2016

    Pretty dark at times, could see the little girl's path leading to a padded cell once the 'loveable' group of incompetent emotions managed to lose all her marbles during moments of mild peril. The concept was solid, but wanted the outside events to be a bit more interesting, with more interaction between peoples messed up heads. Looking forward to the teen years...maybe shoot for an R-rated sequel!