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  • Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 02 Sep, 2014

    I actually thought this was a documentary and was surprised to see a re-enactment of the court case and supreme court proceedings around the appeal for Ali's conviction for draft avoidance.

    A little soft on history for it's heroes and a little harsh on the villains established to bring conflict and exposition but a stellar cast playing out one of the more interesting and uncontrollable fights of Ali's career.

    Inter-cut with plenty of real footage of the man himself, a surprising gem of history played out as drama.

  • The Inbetweeners Movie 2011

    ★★★½ Watched 01 Sep, 2014

    Good to revisit the lads once again, but it does feel like a lower rent retread of what they did in the series, minus the edge.

    Good to see Greg Davies, even if he had no lines.

    Still funny and mostly more lewd about boys than it is girls which is refreshing, but not a re-watchable movie.

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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!