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  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013

    ★★★ Added

    So much better than the first of this trilogy of films based on a single book.

    But 5.5 hours in, and the story still isn't finished.

    What's up with that?

    Elves with emotions, no eagles, Cumberpatch, no singing.

    Here's to more of the same in Hobbit the Third

  • Pain & Gain 2013

    ★★½ Added

    It's Michael Bay, so it's OTT and a visual clusterfuck at times, but this is what Bay does, so don't watch it if you don't accept that. Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg suit the characters perfectly.

    Scariest part about this film is that's it's based on true events - which with a little reflection, makes it quite a sad film. Bay glosses up what were actual humans, committing actual crimes, in the pursuit of that actual American dream. And believing in themselves and their dream, because you know... America.

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  • The Raid 2011

    ★★★★ Watched 07 Apr, 2012

    Remember when you first saw John Woo's "Hard Boiled" or Prachya Pinkaew's 'Ong Bak', or Robert Rodriguez's 'El Mariachi' and thought 'Holy shit, that was a rush'

    Watching 'The Raid: Redemption' was like that.

    Visual crack, with a thumping hypersonic soundtrack, wicked camera movement, crazy ass fight sequences with some sphincter wincing set pieces.

    There's a story of sorts, with some monologues to allow us time to readjust our pants, and a creepily articulate bad guy, mandatory henchmen and a…