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  • Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Jan, 2013

    From the Cradle to the Slave.
    Was always a possibility that a Quentin Tarantino made western could fail dramatically, but thankfully he reigns in the cheesy b-movie homages to a large extent, playing it pretty much straight forward, sure we get the odd throwback like calling the ranch CandyLand but nothing like his usual style, ohh and the less said about his cameo the better.

    Must be stated its an in-name only version and nothing like the Franco Nero original.…

  • The Avengers 2012

    ★★★ Watched 18 Aug, 2012

    Fantastic, visually and aurally flawless... its the best video game cut scene you've ever seen.

    I'll be honest theres very little wrong with the whole production the cast, script & pacing are all so fine tuned, to as near comic book action perfection as you could ever hope to see. But here lies Avengers only real flaw, it feels more like a mass made production line product instead of something lovingly created by hand.

  • The Dark Knight Rises 2012

    ★★ Watched 31 Dec, 2012

    Nolan's script could have done with some heavy duty viagra to get this substandard entry to Rise...

    Poor third outing in the Dark Knight trilogy, suffers drastically by the weak central villain (surely Bane's nothing more than an henchman) and unimaginative setup of yawn terrorists blowing up the city. Nolan even uses the infamous 'Death or Mau Mau' joke at one period when a kangaroo court asks Commissioner Gordon if he wants Death or Exile.

    Its a shame it ends…

  • Silver Linings Playbook 2012

    ★½ Watched 12 Jan, 2013

    And the winner for the worst Oscar nomination ever is... ?

    Why did people rate this so damned highly, its not got a believable character in the whole damn movie. Its like a check list of every schmaltzy/moronic movie idea...

    a mental illness [x]
    dancing competition [x]
    romantic moment he chooses wrong girl [x]
    comical black side kick [x]

    It should have been called 'Billy Elliot Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, while looking Pretty in Pink'.

  • Looper 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 27 Dec, 2012

    I watched it in a massive year end backlog viewing session, of movies I was expecting I'd include in my favorite films of 2012. Looper just missed out, but it was still a movie I was glad to have caught. Joseph Gordon-Levitt has matured into a very gifted actor, and this ones another that he really shines in.

    Not going to say much, was an entertaining time travel crime movie. Slightly muddled and a little too pedestrian at times, and not really in the same league as similar themed movies like Twelve Monkeys or Timecrimes but well worth investing 2 hours of your time on.

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012

    ★★★ Watched 18 Mar, 2013

    I loved Peter Jackson's original Lotr's trilogy, maybe I wasn't in the right mood but "The Hobbit" bored me senseless, the two and half hours felt like five. We follow Bilbo, Gandalf and a band of merry dwarfs who have set out to recaptured the last dwarven kingdom Lonely Mountain.

    The cast are fantastic Martin Freeman made a great lead, Ian McKellen was again fantastic as the grey wizard, and it was a treat seeing the likes of James Nesbitt…

  • Moonrise Kingdom 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 24 Sep, 2012

    "Dear Suzy, walk four hundred yards due north from your house to the dirt path which has not got any name on it. Turn right and follow to the end. I will meet you in the meadow."

    Jared Gilman as Sam

    Wes Anderson proves again he's got the midas touch, only everything he touches turns to quirky. Moonrise Kingdom is basically a romanticized children's tale packed with Hollywoods heavy weights. Its about an unliked orphan scout named Sam (Jared Gilman)…

  • Iron Man 3 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 14 May, 2013

    "Failure is the fog through which we glimpse triumph."

    Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce)

    Stark raving hilarious 3rd solo outing for Iron Man. Tony Stark emotionally crippled and prone to anxiety attacks since his recent duty with the Avengers, has to face a nerdy cognitive scientist hell bent on creating hybrid humans to conquer the medical world and take revenge on Stark for failing to acknowledge his genius years earlier.

    The basic setup is pretty standard superhero gubbins that we've seen…

  • Star Trek Into Darkness 2013

    ★★★ Watched 09 Nov, 2013

    "He wanted to exploit my savagery!... Intellect alone is useless in a fight." - Khan (Benedict Cabbagepatch)

    [_] Boldly going where no man has gone before
    [_] Holding my full attention over full 2.5 hours
    [x] Re-using the basic concept of Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan
    [x] Lensflairs set to stun
    [x] Truly jaw dropping futuristic cityscapes and space vistas
    [x] Spock & Jim man/vulcan-bonding
    [x] Homage to Midnight Express's glass meeting
    [x] Jim swinging with a pair of aliens…

  • Man of Steel 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 15 Oct, 2013

    "I Just Think He's Kinda Hot" - Captain Carrie Farris (Christina Wren)

    Americas Next Top Super Hero - Damn fucking right hes hot, Zack Snyder just managed to turn me bi-curious and turn the universes nerdiest superhero into someone super-wow-wow.

    As popcorn flicks go I felt like it was a riot, yeah coulda been better but it isn't as bad as many are saying or the meta critic rating suggests (not that I read it, but heard its low). Snyder…

  • The Cabin in the Woods 2012

    ★★★ Watched 15 Aug, 2012

    Well crafted horror yarn thats not what you'll be expecting, least it wasn't for me.

    Its story thanks to Joss Whedon side steps the usual horror remakes and sequels, in favor of something a little more unique and over the top.

  • Prometheus 2012

    ★★★ Watched 11 Sep, 2012

    Lukewarm alien prequel, thats got masses of style and very little substance. It follows the crew of the Prometheus who are on a mission to find the race who created man, only the race have also created aliens to wipe mankind out.

    For all of Ridley Scotts class Prometheus never feels like anything but a cheesy sci-fi b-movie made on a massive budget. Sure that will piss off the Alien fanboys, but its true I mean Noomi Rapace has a…