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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.

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • The Martian

    The Martian 2015

    ★★★ Watched 13 Dec, 2015

    Surprised at the love this got from the critics, as it's merely competent and inoffensive rather than great.

    Perhaps its hopeful message and buoyant camaraderie was just the tonic they were searching for in these bleak times? That doesn't stop it having a saggy middle that could have easily dropped 20 - maybe even 30 - minutes, nor being powerfully reminiscent of Apollo 13 and Gravity, nor giving its protagonist much to do after the first half, Mcguyvering shit all over the place.

    Still, it's light, it's pretty and it's upbeat. After the horrendous and psychologically damaging 2015 I've had, that'll actually do for me.

  • 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…

  • 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'.

  • 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 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.