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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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.…

  • 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…

  • Moonrise Kingdom 2012

    ★★½ Watched 06 Apr, 2013

    I've not seen anything worth talking about for a while now. Watched Moonrise Kingdom last night and, while I liked some elements of it, it felt like the director was going over a very well trodden path (by his boots of course) and didn't do anything as well as in Rushmore. Even the usually excellent Bill Murray was just shuffling around in the background. I enjoy the theatrical approach to cinema, the whole Brechtian thing, but a little emotional identification goes a long way. Maybe put some laughs in next time too. Great end credits mind you.

  • Argo 2012

    ★★★ Watched 16 Mar, 2013

    I'm not a big fan of tension in films, so a film that is built completely around tension was never going to fully win me over. It's very well crafted and certainly squeezes as much of that unwanted emotion out of the scenario that it possibly can. But I couldn't help feel afterwards that their actual escape was rather uneventful considering the potential obstacles. Stringing all the drama together into one excruciating sequence left me feeling a little too manipulated. I get stopped at the airport every time I travel (due to identity theft) so perhaps the situation just rubbed me up the wrong way.