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  • Seven Samurai

    Seven Samurai 1954

    ★★★★★ Watched 11 Apr, 2015

    Well yeah, masterpiece, genius and seminal are words that are thrown at Kurosawa all the time.

    And each one of them and a thousand more like them are all deserved.

    Truly amazing, it's a better film that maybe 90% of the others that I saw this year, it's better than some I already gave 5 stars to.

    Dialogue, acting, direction and ways to keep the audience engaged without feeling like cliches and formula, he put decades of filmakers that followed to shame.

    Did not feel like 3.5 hours at all.

    Excellent.

  • Shaun the Sheep Movie

    Shaun the Sheep Movie 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 10 Apr, 2015

    Very funny if a little long. Excellent in that it's a silent movie bascially, but that also makes some of the sections a little harder to sit through, but ultimately funny and the kids loved it.

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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…