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  • The Beach

    The Beach

    ★★

    Now this film is a total mess. A weird Leonardo DiCaprio vehicle, that really doesn't play to his strengths or even to the strengths of director Danny Boyle.

    Right off the bat a huge problem arises in this film. Leo DiCaprio's character is hardly defined and remains that way throughout the entire run-time. Though apart from the weak characterisation, the first 30 minutes are decent fun. It's a lighthearted tourist adventure set in Thailand, providing some nice visuals. The plot…

  • T2 Trainspotting

    T2 Trainspotting

    ★★½

    The awkwardly titled T2 Trainspotting has left me feeling remarkably nonplussed. It encompasses a lot of what I dislike about the current movie landscape, where nostalgia is the ultimate currency. Trainspotting didn't need a sequel but I was willing to give this a shot considering the whole cast's back, Danny Boyle's back and the trailer was great. But despite building up a lot of promise in its first half, the film left me asking "what even was the point of…

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  • Apocalypse Now

    Apocalypse Now

    ★★★★★

    Yeah I hadn't watched Apocalypse Now until now. Until recently my only means of watching the film was through the Redux cut, which I didn't really want to be the version I first experienced. So what are my thoughts after watching this? One word baby: MASTERPIECE

    I love the psychedelic feeling this film achieves. The sort of 'descent into hell' that we join the characters in is wonderfully realised on a base level. Additionally there's strong thematic depth that the…

  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Ex Machina is a thought provoking and very topical film regarding A.I. It features a great directing debut for esteemed writer Alex Garland, as well as offering a showcase for three very talented up and comers; Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander.

    The plot wasn't as cliched as I was worried it may be, and caught me off guard with its twists and great characters. Oscar Isaac in particular was fantastic and his character was very interesting and believable.…