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  • The Great Buck Howard 2008

    ★★★½ Watched 30 Aug, 2014

    Surprisingly star powered low key film about coming of age (career wise) and the setting of the sun on a long career all at the same time.

    Colin Hanks is charming but he almost disappears when you see his Dad, which is both good and bad because the family thing works well and adds levels to the story and performances, but it must be so hard to hear ' OMFG! There's Tom Hanks' when he is your Dad.

    John Malkovich…

  • Hairbrained 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 29 Aug, 2014

    Cute, playful and well cast.

    It was plotted predictably but delivered eccentrically and it was just funny and odd most of the time.

    Like a Wes Anderson version of the Mighty Ducks without the visual tics.

    Brendan Fraser looks like a loser and that's just hilarious.

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  • 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…

  • Monty Python Live (Mostly) 2014

    ★★★ Watched 18 Aug, 2014 1

    Great moments and some new ones mixed in, but only funny if you know it in context I think.

    Delivery is rusty in places and odd cameos jar the experience but still funny because these guys just are funny.

    But for a bunch of septuagenarians running about the stage, they hold their own.

    Ooerr, know what I mean, nudge nudge, wink wink!