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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…

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Fight Club 1999

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 15 Mar, 2013

    Improves with every viewing: incredibly sharp dialogue, amazing SFX & probably the greatest twist ever committed to celluloid. A unique snowflake.

  • Moonrise Kingdom 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 24 Sep, 2012

    This gentle tale of a rogue Scout and his first love is one of Anderson’s funniest and kindest. It’s also very attractive, with charming period touches.

  • Pacific Rim 2013

    ★★½ Watched 20 Oct, 2013 3

    (Small spoilers throughout). I remember Channel 4 in the UK showing a series (maybe even the full set) of Godzilla movies in the early nineties. I sat down to watch them with eager anticipation... and found them to be complete guff. I don’t mind giant monster movies (where the tiny humans get squished by some rampaging, irradiated beast – I love Cloverfield, for example) but the scale of ‘giant thing vs. giant thing’ flicks doesn't excite me: the fighting’s ponderous…

  • 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.