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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    ★★★★★

    I watched this with my admittedly-probably-too-young 7-year old daughter, and it has probably been ten years since I last saw it myself. As an example of all things done right in a fantasy movie it's an absolute touchstone. If I'm honest, I probably ugly cried through the first hour just as much as I did in the key moments later.

    With this first film, Jackson has so effectively built the warmth and wonder of the world first to then devastate…

  • Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

    Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

    ★★★★

    A friend of mine is a music buff and fan of John C. Reilly (he basically is a ginger John C.) but hadn't seen this, so I was more than happy to facilitate a rewatch. I think it genuinely gets better the more you see it as it is a seriously dense film on borrowed music mythology and just great writing. John C. Reilly sells the entire tale with complete conviction but it's the multilayered take down on the biopic format that seals the deal.

    The sink budget must have been huge.

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    I wish I had a GoPro on my face while watching this. I actually started hyperventilating at one point from the truly awesome spectacle on screen. It is a better sequel than anyone could have believed possible. Its almost as if George Miller has done nothing but think about this movie since Road Warrior. It loses half a star for Tom Hardy's strange performance and because we never get Max driving *The Interceptor* in an action set piece. Otherwise divinely…

  • All Is Lost

    All Is Lost

    ★★★★

    Upon seeing the poster for this film, I understood exactly what it was, what it would be, and how I would feel about it.
    Although I'm not a big fan of the single actor on a soundstage sub genre (Phone booth, Buried, Locke) there was something too right about it being Robert Redford battling the elements in deeply thematic and allegorical waters (see what I did there?).
    It didn't disappoint.