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  • What Richard Did 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 14 Dec, 2014

    A restrained, raw and patient portrait of a man unravelling in the hardest way possible. Beautiful.

  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 2014

    ★★ Watched 13 Dec, 2014

    The Hobbit films just weren't for me. Five Armies' two predecessors earned 2/5 from me, and so it goes again this time around. It just feels so bloated, so horribly CGI-heavy, so unnecessary a commitment. Watched in 3D HFR, as this is likely the last film widely available in 48fps until.. the Avatar sequels, I guess. But once again, it actively detracted from the experience, feeling more like a frenetic live TV broadcast than a cinematic experience to envelop the viewer. Ah well.

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  • Diana 2013

    Watched 21 Sep, 2013 4

    I demand someone, somewhere be held responsible for this atrocity. Wooden, sloppy and hilariously silly, this is amateur-hour filmmaking and a disappointment on every level. Avoid. For your own sake. (Mitigating factor: Naveen Andrews does his best.)

  • The Lego Movie 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 08 Feb, 2014 4

    A meticulously-animated blend of exciting kid-flick comedy-action, and insightful commentary on such. It works on so many different levels: there's the meta-referencing, there's the self-aware understanding of Lego and rules and what it means to break them; but there's also the thrilling action parody, the near-constant runs of insanely good jokes, and the beautifully realised, Lego-fied look. I'll be extremely impressed if any 2014 animated movie outdoes this high-water mark.