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  • Spider-Man 2

    Spider-Man 2

    ★★★

    Can be gloriously cheesy but time has done this film no favours - Homecoming is better in nearly every conceivable way. I do appreciate how much more cinematic it looks than the MCU films though, which visually have been a bit 'blah', to say the least. Raimi's stamp is on this, and that's a good thing and hopefully the MCU head honchos progressively more and more willing to let their director's make their mark, in the way someone like James Gunn did with GOTG. Anyway, it's a fun watch if nothing else.

    And JK Simmons as J Jonah is the perfect casting.

  • The Matrix

    The Matrix

    ★★★½

    I genuinely forgot how daft and cheesy this film could be. It's absolutely peak 90's. The acting is hammy as hell, the CGI dated - but it all works. It still holds up as a really good, not just sci-fi but action film. Definitely not some sort of masterclass but at this point, it's popular enough to safely call it a classic. Loses points for popularising bullet time and creating the abomination that is Matrix Reloaded.

    Also, it has a really shit soundtrack for what it is.

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★

    A believable and smartly made film, with effective editing to provide a great drama and tension to the narrative. Miles Teller announces himself as a competent lead, and while JK Simmons is no stranger to the 'angry superior' character, that doesn't make it any less of an intimidating, strong performance.

    My personal favourite film from 2014 so far.

  • Kiki's Delivery Service

    Kiki's Delivery Service

    ★★★★

    A splendid coming-of-age tale about a young witch, Kiki (accompanied by her cute and whimsical cat Jiji), who has to leave home in search of independence. As charming as Ghibli can be, I feel they've reached the pinnacle with this one. It always amazes me the fact Ghibli can take such simple characters, a simple setting and a simple premise and bring them to life so effortlessly. But they never compromise on providing a positive message to the viewers (in this films case, the importance of maturing and pushing on through adversity). One of Miyazaki's finest, if not the.