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  • Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★ Watched 26 Jan, 2013

    Once upon time in the west, QT dropped the N-bomb a thousand times. Stodgy in places, but with enough charisma to see it through the drier spells.

  • Gravity 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 12 Jan, 2014

    My local cinema closed just before Christmas, and Gravity was the first victim; the first film I intended utterly to see on the silver screen and missed completely because of its absence. The next nearest cinema is ten miles away and, as I don’t drive, it’s not an easy trip.

    So yes, in shorthand, f**k Cineworld.

    Gravity popped up (briefly) to watch on Youtube, so I settled to view it on my infinitely smaller 40” screen, and in 2D. Even…

  • The Avengers 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 26 Apr, 2012

    Smart, witty, action-packed, true to source and carrying-on the great Buffy legacy. The comic-book movie perfected.

  • Drive 2011

    ★★★★½ Watched 20 Oct, 2011

    Moody, drifting, perfectly-scored and sporadically vicious tale of a psychotic getaway man who's far from being 'a real hero'.

  • The Dark Knight Rises 2012

    ★★ Watched 26 Sep, 2012

    With a disjointed narrative that never satisfies, spectacle that never sparkles & dialogue that's more like monologue, this is disappointingly dull film making.

  • Her 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 12 Feb, 2014

    Average-looking dude manages to score with Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde and Amy Adams, then has sex with the voice of Scarlett Johansson; wins coveted 'Man of the Century' award*

    * Award may not actually exist. But probably should.

  • Silver Linings Playbook 2012

    ★½ Watched 18 Feb, 2013

    This is one step away from a bad mid-period Jim Carrey film. Ooh look at me I’m kooky-crazy, try-hard, blah-blah, cynical Oscar-bait.

  • Skyfall 2012

    ★★★ Watched 26 Nov, 2012

    Another dark Bond, well put-together but I miss the OTT gadgets, the crap puns, the ostentatious glamour. I think I’m on my own there, though.

  • Argo 2012

    ★★½ Watched 03 Mar, 2013

    Affleck cribs from 70s political thrillers to produce a CIA caper movie, but Pakula this ain’t. Hits every cliché in the book but is rarely better than average.

  • Looper 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 13 Nov, 2012

    Wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey tale of sacrifice & causal loops. Becomes stodgy in the 2nd act but retains your interest & impresses with its minimalist stylings.

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012

    ★★★½ Rewatched 17 Nov, 2013

    This is a review of the 3-D Blu Ray, Extended version.

    I held-off buying The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey until the extended November release, not so much because I was desperate for even more content (very few would be...) but because often Weta clean up some of the digital mess for the second release. I suspect this edition will be the defining release, as it contains the movie in 3-D (split over two discs), the movie in 2D (1 disc)…

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012

    ★★★½ Rewatched 01 May, 2013

    Rewatched in 3D - a much more impressive experience, clearly shot (flawlessly) for the gimmick.