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  • Django Unchained

    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.

  • Her

    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.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Aug, 2014 1

    To this point in Marvel’s exuberant comics universe, we’d only seen the tip of the cosmological iceberg. Titans, Celestials and other haughty beings control the universe; minor deities are packed between the stars that revolve over the heads of Cap and Tony. There are space-walkers that dwarf Thor, residing in palaces that make Asgard look like Detroit.

    But is the real world ready for this? Even with the prep done in the likes far-out-there Thor: The Dark World, till now…

  • Gravity

    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…

  • Birdman

    Birdman 2014

    ★★★★ Added

    I’m going through a mid-life crisis, and I don’t mind admitting it. At the end of this year I’ll be 40, and it looms. I imagine it like that barrier in the old Adam West Batman series; the one that leads to the Bat Cave? The one that looks like a dead end? But actually it flips down and you keep going… into a dark tunnel.

    So I’ve been very clichéd and have thrown myself into things to prove I’m…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash 2014

    ★★★ Watched 04 Feb, 2015

    Packed and charged with kinetic energy, the characters are – unfortunately – nowhere near as disciplined as the drumming, leaving it under-nourished. Frantic and tense, though, and worth a single pass.

  • The Avengers

    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

    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

    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.

  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 03 Feb, 2015

    Quoted from my bio: “Big fan of anything urban, tonally dark, featuring characters with a trace of psychosis...” so with that in mind, and one of my favourite actors onboard, this was always destined to push my buttons. I can understand people being slightly repulsed by the setup; it’s a little too honest. The public seem to revile anti-heroes these days, and Gyllenhaal’s crypto-psychotic Lou Bloom is a tough man to like.

    But like him I did: he’s a trapeze…

  • Fight Club

    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.

  • The Lego Movie

    The Lego Movie 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 08 Aug, 2014

    Some little kid messes with my stuff, DAMN sure he's getting Kraggled.