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  • The Wolf of Wall Street 2013

    ½ Watched 30 Jan, 2014

    Fist. Eggplant.

  • Drive 2011

    ★★★★ Watched 22 Oct, 2011

    80s nostalgia cues aside, this is one hell of a film from Nicolas Winding Refn. If you go in not knowing what to expect, then you'll be rewarded. And it's best if you know as little as possible before seeing it.

    Michael Mann gets namedropped when people see this and it's not surprising why. But Refn has a quicker, faster pulse than Mann does and ultimately, the film stands on its own easily.

    A little haunting, in a good way.

  • Her 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Jan, 2014

    'Her' is a fantastic film. A soulful meditation on our lives, past, near and future and our ever-evolving relationship with technology.

  • Skyfall 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 24 Nov, 2012

    Possibly the first Bond film that I'll remember in a long time, Skyfall does a great job of doing what The Dark Knight Rises aimed to do — show a hero fall from grace, struggle with his purpose in life and redeem himself — but better. Christopher Nolan could have learnt from Sam Mendes here. The pacing and transitions are better, smarter and resonate deeper.

    The film resets Bond and makes him vulnerable, including everyone he's involved with. Yes, unfortunately,…

  • American Hustle 2013

    Added 2

    What happened?! Got bored halfway and stopped watching.

    What did I miss?!

  • Star Trek Into Darkness 2013

    ★★★ Watched 17 May, 2013

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

  • Man of Steel 2013

    Added

    I'm not sure why Zack Snyder keeps getting to make big films like this. Nor why he gets to handle beloved franchises. He's our current M. Night Shayamalan (though someone pointed out to me that M. Night Shayamalan actually made one great movie where as Snyder...).

    The pacing was way off on this one. It was choppy and abrupt and fast.

    I would have actually rather have seen two different movies:

    1. A movie just on Krypton with Russell Crowe…

  • The Cabin in the Woods 2012

    ★★½ Added

    WTF.

    That was my first reaction to the film. But, as I read more behind-the-scenes, I discovered that it was indeed, a love letter to films of the genre. And in that context, I felt a deeper affinity for the film.

    The film strikes a familiar chord in me to From Dusk Til Dawn, echoing the dual nature of that film — from bank robber heist to vampire gore film — in a classic teen slasher film to a... well,…

  • Zero Dark Thirty 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 27 Jan, 2013 2

    I've been a fan of Kathryn Bigelow's work since Point Break. I love that film. Watching The Hurt Locker astounded me — how Bigelow went from Point Break to The Hurt Locker was surprising and whilst watching Zero Dark Thirty, I asked myself the same.

    Zero Dark Thirty is a difficult film to watch. But not in the way you may or may not suspect. Yes, it opens full frontal with torture (pun intended) but treats it not as torture…

  • Jurassic Park 1993

    ★★★★ Added

    Rewatched the Jurassic Park trilogy recently and wanted to note thoughts about it, so many years later (more reviews/thoughts in the other film entries).

    The first film is still my favorite out of the trilogy and one of my favorite films, period and amongst Spielberg's canon.

    It's the perfect example of the things that Spielberg loves: child-like wonderment, not taking things for granted and a lesson learned. Jurassic Park has a great mix of pacing, energy and excitement as it…

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 04 Jul, 2012

    I went into this film without much expectations. The trailers I'd seen beforehand made this film seem very heavy-handed and very action-oriented. I like Andrew Garfield's work in The Social Network and I love Emma Stone's work. That was enough for me to give it a go.

    Oh: and that Spider-Man's web-shooting capabilities were of his own device. Score one for getting that one right this time around.

    Back to the film. Despite no expectations, I was extremely surprised that…

  • Elysium 2013

    ★½ Watched 11 Aug, 2013 1

    Like Prometheus (though nothing like it), this film became worse and worse the more I digested it after viewing.

    Unlike Prometheus however, it wasn't because of the depth of plot, flaccid characters or grand mythology — it was just because it was bland. Like boiled chicken. It's okay if you have to eat it, but it's forgettable, and delivers nothing exciting or interesting about it.

    The movie has a straightforward, almost 80s/90s action-movie plot. So, don't expect anything new here.…