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  • Top Five

    Top Five 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 23 Mar, 2015

    The best-cast comedy in quite a few years. Man, everyone in this impeccable ensemble sparkles. The movie whole lives up to the promise the actors bring, too: this is a beautifully poignant, often hilarious slice-of-celebrity-life. The dialogue is superb, drawing on shared pop-cultural touchstones and making a strong case for the profound effects movies and music have on us - both direct and indirect, for the better and for the worse.

    Still not out in UK cinemas, so I got the US Blu - glad I did.

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 22 Mar, 2015

    Third viewing in three months. I can't get enough. My sceptical family were won over this time, too; my mum and dad both completely sold by movie's close, despite aversions to drum solos, jazz, and, er, "cruelty" on film. Still breathtakingly intense; still gobsmackingly good.

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  • Diana

    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

    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.