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  • The Drop 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 01 Mar, 2015

    Slow burning film that simmers away and manages to not dull or bore the viewer. Never really sure where it will end up but the idea that so much lies beneath the surface comes through clearly.

    Tom Hardy is much better here than in some other roles, he's turning out quite versatile. James Gandolfini playing his usual arrogantly tough boss figure. Shame it's his last role.

    Recommended to lovers of thrillers or crime noir.

  • A Clockwork Orange 1971

    ★★★★★ Watched 28 Feb, 2015

    Dated by now but still powerful and kowtowing to nothing and no one.

    A work of art, brilliantly and so singularly made.

    Not sure it can bear repeat viewings but it's another nail in the coffin of Kubrik's brilliance.

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  • Kingsman: The Secret Service 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 18 Feb, 2015

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

    Utter but glorious nonsense.

    Filmed with loads of action, silliness, style and panache. Who knew Colin Firth could be an action hero?

    Mark Strong always good value, Michael Caine there so he could be posh and the revert to his street voice at the end (classic). And the typical bully types are represented at all ends of the British class system.

    Damn good fun and just self mocking enough.

  • Rosewater 2014

    ★★★ Watched 03 Feb, 2015

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

    While it is bad that this is true (mostly) and it is unfair and unjust what Iran and other states do, and they certainly commit this kind of crap on a daily basis, the film still feels a little false.

    A little to wide eyed and innocent, a little too 'woe is me' a little too 'I am shocked by this stuff even though I grew up with it, lost my Dad and sister to it' and now well Gael…