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  • Tomorrowland

    Tomorrowland 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 23 May, 2015

    It's missing something. It's missing that true sense of wonder. It's easily Brad Bird's weakest movie, not to say that it's bad or anything. The concept is too big for the film and it feels like everyone is "whatever" at the end, "let's just do it this way..."

    Projection in my theatre was shit too.

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 16 May, 2015

    So you pretty much get what it says on the cover and when the cover says it's a gloriously mad and gorgeously shot badass action epic that rivals most action films out there... well, that's pretty good.

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 24 Apr, 2015

    It's fast paced which is a must with a running time like this one has. But that's become the standard blockbuster running time, which is ridiculous. It's fun but complete fluff. I've already forgotten half of it probably. I did like the villain though, and there are many funny scenes that work because the cast sells it.

  • Furious 7

    Furious 7 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 02 May, 2015

    Still too long but it's a solid solid action flick. Plenty of awesome set pieces in this one. Dom vs. Deckard was a great fight as well.

  • Chappie

    Chappie 2015

    ★★★ Watched 17 May, 2015 8

    I'll go with a positive rating for this one just because there was plenty to enjoy on a scene by scene basis and the effects and world building are great as they always are in Blomkamp's films. But.

    The film is a huge mess. Having Die Antwoord in the film was an interesting choice, but they went overboard. It seems like they were almost playing themselves? Why..? It was distracting and pretty absurd at points. The soundtrack even included some…

  • Men & Chicken

    Men & Chicken 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 05 Feb, 2015 2

    Anders Thomas Jensen returns to directing after ten years absence. And what a return. It's darker than anything he has done before, I would say, but it's just as funny and Danish. I can't see this working well in many other countries.

    The whole cast is on fire, Mads Mikkelsen, of course. Spitting quotable lines right, left and center.

    The film looks great, the music is pretty great and unusual and it's just a riot. This is what Danish cinema is all about.

    Best of 2015 got off to a fantastic start.

  • The Humbling

    The Humbling 2014

    Watched 17 Apr, 2015

    I'm almost giving this the lowest possible marks, but you can't do that to Al Pacino so it gets another half star.

    It is terribly written. The attempts at humour consistently fall to the ground with a crash. It is misguided and horrible.

  • A Most Violent Year

    A Most Violent Year 2014

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 21 May, 2015 2

    It seems like people generally really liked this when it came out, but not many people actually loved it. Now that I've seen it a second time I can say for sure that it is a fantastic piece of filmmaking, among the best films to come out in the last few years. It clicks for me, ticks off the right boxes. This is movie magic, the way visuals and sounds work together.. the dialogue that floats in and out and…

  • A Most Violent Year

    A Most Violent Year 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 29 Dec, 2014 2

    This was a fantastic surprise. It wasn't what I thought it would be at all. It sort of turned my expectations on their head and delivered something that I had not seen before. Talking about that would spoil it, so I won't go into details.

    For overall impact and atmosphere this would be to 2014 what Killing Them Softly was to 2012 and Out of the Furnace was to 2013. Not saying they're necessarily similar in story or anything like that, but there is a certain pace and atmosphere to them all. Oscar Isaac is a badass.

  • American Sniper

    American Sniper 2014

    ★★½ Watched 20 May, 2015

    Most of the war sequences were very good. They had a professional feel and I loved all the small bits of setting up, technical stuff etc.

    On a story basis, though, it completely falls flat. It's such standard stuff and it's boring from the very first cliched scene back home.

    Clint still has it in some regards, and he really brings some brutality to war that feels real, though he went a bit overboard at one point. Or I don't know...

  • Unbroken

    Unbroken 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 08 Jan, 2015 2

    It's completely straight forward and what you expect but the performances are decent and it is all delivered pretty sincerely which goes a long way for me. Deakins is always worth watching. You all know it and you all know you will eventually watch it to see the master do his thing so spare me the oscar bait talk.

  • The Taking of Tiger Mountain

    The Taking of Tiger Mountain 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 15 Apr, 2015

    It is too long and most of the scenes with no action are a bit boring, but when they do turn up the tempo, things get pretty fun.