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  • Rush 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 01 Feb, 2014

    Chris Hemsworth plays quite possibly the most easily hateable character to ever grace the screen in James Hunt. Just look at him. Look at his face, his smile, ugh doesn't it make your blood boil with rage?

    YES IT DOES, Replies Niki Lauda, and a sports movie rivalry is born!

    I love me a good movie rivalry, I love GOON, I love Catch me if you Can, and everyone loves Wrath of Khan. There's something about a two person face…

  • Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit 2014

    Watched 31 Jan, 2014

    There's an interesting movie to me made here, it'd star Michael Stuhlbarg as a schlubby Jack Ryan, undercover on Wall Street, without a single action scene, but lots of long shots of awkward conversations about numbers, of and be this understated drama and character study about the dark side of Patriotism.

    This is not that movie. This is just a boring, soulless, pointless action movie.

  • August: Osage County 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 28 Jan, 2014

    "Thank God we can't tell the future. We'd never get out of bed."

    I know some people don't like it when plays are adapted to screen without much changing, keeping most of the original scenes completely intact. It leads to scenes that run long, conflicts being primarily told through dialogue, and a more loose attitude to relevant sub-plots and a clear, central protagonist. However, I really like them when done well: Glengarry Glen Ross is a near perfect film.

    There…

  • Frances Ha 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 27 Jan, 2014

    A small film that's so desperate for happiness and yet so desperately sad. Finds both extremes of emotion in the smallest things. A heartily recommended watch.

  • Inside Llewyn Davis 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 25 Jan, 2014

    The day a lecturer comes out and says "Llewyn is a horrible person, but you empathise him because he Saves The Cat!" is the day I am done with this universe.

  • Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 25 Jan, 2014

    My friend surprised me earlier, randomly put the DVD on over Breakfast just to have something to watch, and it was like watching the film again for the first time.

    I liked it last year well enough, but with a year's experience, learning and development as a person and watcher of film under my belt, I appreciated it so much more.

    That Quentin Tarantino. So much cleverer than 19 year old me.

  • 12 Years a Slave 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 24 Jan, 2014

    One of the most emotionally harrowing movies you will ever see, 12 years a Slave is important for breaking through the cultural abstraction Slavery is presented to the modern world, forcing the audience to confront the reality of something that was still occurring less than two centuries ago.

    The true definition of a must see.

  • Malice 1993

    ★★★ Watched 21 Jan, 2014

    The Side Effects of its day, starts as one movie before taking a trip to nonsense town and ends up as some ridiculous other kind of movie.

    It's not as good as Side Effects, but it's an alright watch.

  • The French Connection 1971

    ★★★ Watched 20 Jan, 2014

    I liked it a bunch, but when it comes to 1970s movies involving crazy tension and subway trains, I have to say I'm on team Pelham 123.

  • Down Terrace 2009

    ★★★ Watched 20 Jan, 2014

    Ben Wheatley's debut is a messy film, unfocused and not fully engaging, but with hints of the highs he'd so quickly reach.

  • White House Down 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Jan, 2014

    To truly explain just how ridiculous this movie is, here's a little example. Within eight minutes, Jamie Foxx's President Sawyer achieves world peace and declares poverty to be over.

    Basically, it's one of 2013's best comedies.

  • Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony 2013

    ★★ Watched 20 Jan, 2014 1

    A real missed opportunity, this. There's a great film to be made here, but this just is not it. I think this needs a longer review to explain just why.

    So, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. I have a friend who watches it, I watched like half a season on his request, it's a well made kids show. It's funny, it hits the right emotional beats, it's not going to set the world on fire, but it's really good…