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  • Whiplash 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 03 Mar, 2015

    Surprising how the far-lighter practise room - complete with sunbeams radiating through those long, light windows - makes this come across as rather less intense than its feature-length successor. Interesting stuff, and although Miles Teller is the stronger Andrew Neiman, Johnny Simmons is no slouch either.

  • Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 02 Mar, 2015

    Imported the Blu from the US just so I could see it again sooner. Such a phenomenally good film, holds up incredibly well on rewatch. This time around I focused more on the (Oscar-winning) editing and man, it's a masterclass. Every frame is in perfect step. Destined to go down as an all-time classic.

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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.