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  • Tomorrowland

    Tomorrowland 2015

    ★★★ Watched 29 May, 2015

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    So full of promise, bold yet beautiful with special effects to amaze and astound... while being wholly devoid of character and a semblance of plot.

    I wanted to like it, and I kind of agree with the optimism and protect our home messaging, but it's so ham-fistedly delivered that the point is lost even when sledge hammered like this.

    I like George Clooney, LOVE Hugh Laurie and it even has Kathryn Hahn and Keegan-Michael Key in it.



    Also major spoilers but the resolution to years of us blowing things up and not thinking about the consequences is ... blowing something up.


  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 17 May, 2015

    A Brilliant and well executed movie that is not really about AI but about the levels of deceit and manipulation.

    I really liked it even though it was pretty obvious what was going on and despite the fact that Alex Garland wrote and directed this and I have actively disliked all his work to date.

    Until this one.

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  • Predestination

    Predestination 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 28 Nov, 2014

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Extremely good though predictable twists at the end were signposted many times through the film.

    However the plot is great, the direction superb and the acting flawless, especially from the central character(s).

    The effects were not really relevant but it was a piece for the brain, even if it was served up in bite sized and easily digested pieces.

    One of the better Sci-Fi movies this year and up there with SnowPiercer for 2014.

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 12 Jul, 2014

    Definitively styled and shot by Wes Andersen so that it is almost an homage to himself or a parody of his work, but brilliantly so.

    Excellent cast of the usual suspects and the story is swimming with imagery (and a few nods to the Shining perhaps?) and the symmetry of his camera shots is played, then overplayed and played again for good measure.

    The pace is rollicking, the dialogue witty and erudite, the shocking gruesome brutality of reality is presented…