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  • The Avengers

    The Avengers 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 27 Apr, 2012


    "What about 'The Dark Knight'?" I hear you cry. Sorry, that's a brilliant crime drama with not a single superpower in sight!
    If you haven't seen this film already, stop wasting your time reading and get down to the cinema with the biggest screen/sound system and get ready to be totally blown away by 142 minutes of superhero badassery (and don't miss the mid-credits scene)!

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 12 Dec, 2012 1

    Overlong in the same way that the prostitute in 'Total Recall' has too many breasts - if you love breasts/Peter Jackson's imagining of Tolkein's world, then there's no such thing as too many boobs/too much Middle Earth. Martin Freeman IS Bilbo Baggins!

  • The Cabin in the Woods

    The Cabin in the Woods 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 28 May, 2012

    Like blood and gore? Jump scares? Tongue-in-cheek horror clichés? Laughing? Then see this film! Features the most insanely, awesomely, mentally, over-the-top-brilliant last act of recent years.

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981

    ★★★★★ Added

    Saw this for the first time on it's original release in Summer 1981 and it's still my favourite film (as well as the greatest action adventure film) of all time. Not a single wasted frame of film or line of dialogue from the opening 'Paramount' logo dissolve to following the shadowy adventurer's silhouette to the riverside reveal as Dr. Henry Jones Jr, all the way to the downbeat final shot. A true classic, unlikely ever to be surpassed in the action/adventure genre even by it's creator, the master himself, Steven Spielberg.

  • Iron Man

    Iron Man 2008

    ★★★★ Rewatched 16 Apr, 2012

    The first and, to date, best(by a nose over 'Thor') of the Marvel films introducing members of 'The Avengers' superteam. In possibly the most perfect casting since Harrison Ford as Han Solo/Indiana Jones, Robert Downey jr absolutely nails the arrogant genius of Tony Stark/Iron Man. There's strength in depth on the casting front with the incomparable Jeff Bridges as Stark's business partner Obadiah Stane, Gwyneth Paltrow as personal assistent/love interest Virginia 'Pepper' Potts and (my personal favourites) Paul Bettany as…

  • Captain America: The First Avenger

    Captain America: The First Avenger 2011

    ★★★ Rewatched 04 Apr, 2012

    A solid, if unspectacular account of the creation of the world's first super-soldier, anchored by an excellent, human performance by Chris Evans as the skinny kid from Brooklyn who just wants a chance to do his bit to help his friends and countrymen during the dark days of WW II. Evans is ably supported by a scenery-chewing Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull and Tommy Lee Jones phones in yet another taciturn high-ranking military/police officer role as Colonel Chester Phillips.

  • The Amazing Spider-Man

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 20 Jul, 2012

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Andrew Garfield is great as Peter Parker, less whiney and sad-sack than the version we saw in the first film of Sam Raimi's Spidey trilogy, and the on-screen chemistry between him and the fantastic Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy) fizzes far more and is warmer and more believable than the, at best, lukewarm version served up by Tobey Maguire and the mostly mean, bitchy Kirsten Dunst.
    The use of practical stuntwork as opposed to CGI lends Spider-Man's web-swinging and interaction with…

  • Thor

    Thor 2011

    ★★★★ Rewatched 25 Apr, 2012

    Probably the trickiest of the pre-'Avengers' films to integrate into the 'real world' that Marvel are trying to create (what with Thor being, you know, a god).
    Kenneth Brannagh brings his experience in the classical sphere to the table and creates a tense family drama/action spectacular when the arrogant thunder god, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) faces off against his mischievous but not totally evil half-brother Loki (a magnificent Tom Hiddleston).
    Solid action, faithfully realised elements from the comic books (hello Destroyer!,…

  • Iron Man 2

    Iron Man 2 2010

    ★★½ Rewatched 23 Apr, 2012

    Iron Man 2 picks up where the first film left off with more of Tony Stark's trademark arrogance at a senate hearing and a cracking action scene at the Monaco Grand Prix where he, with the help of what surely must be the best businessman's accessory ever, takes on new villan Whiplash (a cackling Mickey Rourke). Unfortunately, the second act sags under the weight of exposition, the creation of a new element (wtf?), and a ludicrous drunken fight between Iron…

  • Ted

    Ted 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 09 Oct, 2012

    Mark Wahlberg proves yet again that he really is an fine actor in any role, be it comedy, action or drama.
    The funniest, laugh-out-loud film I've seen in many years! Plenty of pop culture references from Star Wars, at least two Indiana Jones and, of course, Family Guy (Doh!). Some brutal soft toy violence and a supporting role/extended cameo from the creepily brilliant Giovanni Ribisi that will make you want to rush for the first train home and take a nice long shower.

  • The Incredible Hulk

    The Incredible Hulk 2008

    ★★★ Rewatched 22 Apr, 2012

    The second big screen outing for the (not so) jolly green giant sticks much closer to the comic book version of 'The Hulk' than Ang Lee's 2003 outing (a film I personally thought was very good right up until the final fight), with several nods to the TV series thrown in for good measure. Good turns by Ed Norton as the conflicted scientist Bruce Banner (should he erase or embrace the raging monster inside?) and William Hurt, reliable as ever…

  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

    Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 2008

    ★½ Rewatched 07 Nov, 2012

    A total waste of time, talent and money. We've all heard about 'Nuke the fridge' but that's not even this film's biggest problem; Shia LaBeouf's bargain basement Marlon Brando (swinging through the south american jungle like a third-rate Tarzan impersonator), aliens (wtf?!?!) and, worst of all, the criminal waste of Cate Blanchett as a two-dimensional Russian villainess with a haircut that would make Edmund Blackadder cringe.
    A tragic raping of my childhood hero and still-favourite character in film.