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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 26 Jul, 2014 3

    "Because if there's one thing we've learned from penny dreadfuls... it's that when you find yourself in a place like this, you must never be a candy-ass."
    - M. Gustave ( Ralph Fiennes)

    The endearingly twee tall tale of Grand Budapest Hotels even grander concierge M Gustave, and Zero Moustafa the bell boy who became his most trusted employee and loyalist of friends.

    Gerry Anderson roles out his familiar faced marionettes for another sumptuous slice of comedy, with lashings and…

  • Her

    Her 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 01 Apr, 2014

    THIS ISN'T A TRUE REVIEW: “I've been taking a much needed 4 or 5 months break from the net and pop culture in general. This is just a quick log & score of movies I've caught in that period"

    Another inventive surreal feature from Jonze, only with the added dollop of heart.

  • Django Unchained

    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.…

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 25 Mar, 2015

    JUST A QUICK LOG OF FILMS CAUGHT RECENTLY

    COMMENT: May come back and review this, fine thriller that steadily evolved into a typical Fincher by numbers flick... i.e. technicaly well made gloss, but lacking that oomph to make it great. I really hope he changes his shtick for his US Utopia remake.

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 01 Apr, 2014

    THIS ISN'T A TRUE REVIEW: “I've been taking a much needed 4 or 5 months break from the net and pop culture in general. This is just a quick log & score of movies I've caught in that period"

    Marty's funniest movie to date.

  • Birdman

    Birdman 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Mar, 2015

    JUST A QUICK LOG OF FILMS CAUGHT RECENTLY

    COMMENT: May come back and review this, hilariously warped, meta headfuckery. Reminded me of that segment in Being John Malkovich you step into his ego filled mind. Great direction, Keatons not been in this form in years.

  • Boyhood

    Boyhood 2014

    ★★★★★ Added

    JUST A QUICK LOG OF FILMS CAUGHT RECENTLY

    COMMENT: May come back and review this, amazing film that captures a boys loving yet dysfunctional family life during his adolescence years. Being a father who no longer lives with his kids, it was emotional viewing but easily best film of 2014, and also my sons favorite (maybe Avengers aside, which he also loved).

  • The Avengers

    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

    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…

  • 12 Years a Slave

    12 Years a Slave 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 01 Apr, 2014

    THIS ISN'T A TRUE REVIEW: “I've been taking a much needed 4 or 5 months break from the net and pop culture in general. This is just a quick log & score of movies I've caught in that period"

    A film that lived up to its hype, very moving and well made.

  • The Lego Movie

    The Lego Movie 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 26 Jul, 2014 1

    "There are NO rules: There's NO government, NO baby sitters, NO bedtimes, NO frowny faces, NO bushy mustaches, and NO negativity of any kind... And there's also NO consistency."
    - Princess Unikitty (Alison Brie)

    Generic legoman Emmet is reluctantly thrust into the heroic shoes of a master builder, to help fight off the threat of president businessman's evil globalization plan to glue the pieces of Lego's ever changing multi universes together.

    Lego Movies plot and gags lack consistency but its…

  • Moonrise Kingdom

    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)…