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  • Vertigo

    Vertigo

    ★★★★★

    Few films that aren't "A Hitchcock" have the look of "A Hitchcock".

    Equally, few films that aren't "A Hitchcock" are as good as "A Hitchcock".

    Vertigo is another Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece. A tale of a mans obsessions.

    And a film about Hitchcock's own obsessions, his hidden demons perhaps.

    His camera also has an obsession with James Stewart. He is never off of it. A near constant in every scene, and a joy to watch. He is perfect. As is everything…

  • On Deadly Ground

    On Deadly Ground

    ★★★

    This is part of my CHALLENGE: Death by Steven Seagal list.

    This is 'The One Where Steven Seagal Directs'.

    And it's actually not as bad as it sounds!.

    Seagal directs with some skill, showing up the fantastic landscape beautifully. He gives himself plenty of hard ass lines, kicks some heads in and delivers an environmental message. What more can you want?!...

    And if you do want more he also gives us one of the best exploding helicopters in film history!.

    Highly adequate entertainment.

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron

    ★★★★

    In my opinion, the only things that could have made Avengers: Assemble better would have been a darker, edgier, more emotive tone. Some deeper glimpses into the psyche of these Demi-gods and superheroes...

    ....and of course a big fuck of Hulk-buster battle.

    Avengers: Age of Ultron filled all of my holes.

    Director Joss Whedon packs his movie with plenty of narrative edge. We are focused on the Avengers' battle to avoid tearing themselves apart rather than their continuing battle to…

  • Romancing the Stone

    Romancing the Stone

    ★★★★

    "Rollicking", and Rip-roaring" are words I rarely get to use.

    Unless I am writing a review for Romancing the Stone that is. This is rip-roaring, rollicking entertainment.

    A Mr and Mrs Indiana Jones.

    Douglas and Turner are a stunning double act. Their "I love you but I hate you really" sparring never tires. There chemistry is simply brilliant, and would be enough to make this a film success. But we also get the always excellent Devito. A fearsome trio.

    And…

  • Gravity

    Gravity

    ★★★★★

    Gravity, O.M.G.

    A film that makes Space scary, NOT the things that may exist within Space.

    Alfonso Cueron and his team have made Space a frightening and beautiful place.

    There are times where Gravity soars, and you feel you are in one of those POV fairground rounds. Your body swaying, heart pounding, and your stomach churning. The SFX and photography are some of the best ever. It is one of the best pieces of CGI cinema in the last 20…

  • Snatch

    Snatch

    ★★★

    The day that Guy Richie writes a script as good as his exciting, frenzied direction, I will be first in the Que.

    Snatch is a perfect example.

    It's funny. Then it's awkward. The dialogue is smart and cool. Then before you know it, it's cold and clunky. It's a damn shame. And it isn't enough to distract you from the fact that this is a second rate Lock Stock knock off.

    It's hard to hate, as there are some excellent…

  • Face/Off

    Face/Off

    ★★★★

    Face/Off is like that mental dude in the pub.

    You always try and avoid him. But then one day, when your bored, you engage him in conversation and he tells you, THE GREATEST, AND MOST EXCITING STORY YOU HAVE EVER HEARD.

    And from that moment on you will always give a sly wink and nod off appreciation in his general direction.

  • Hard to Kill

    Hard to Kill

    ★★★★

    Steven Seagal plays Mason Storm, a man seeking revenge..

    ...we know the story. Hard to Kill is classic, formulaic Seagal. Probably his career best. He follows the rules...

    ...ponytail.

    ...he delivers a shit script with whispered perfection.

    ...a marvellous montage.

    ...he kicks ass without taking his jacket off.

    ...he gets revenge.

    ...and it fucking rules.

    I watched this, not only out of enjoyment, but for my Challenge:DEATH by Steven Seagal list.

  • The Theory of Everything

    The Theory of Everything

    ★★★★★

    The Theory of Everything is bloody brilliant.

    In a bloody Brittish sort of way.

    There is no question that Eddie Redmayne's performance is the highlight, but it's Felicity Jones understated support that provides the film's real colour. Redmayne handles all the stages of Hawking's disease with great tact, always committed to portraying the man, and not the disease. His quiet exuberance is understated in its tour de force statement, and it's a performance that is constantly admirable and engaging. It…

  • The Spy Who Loved Me

    The Spy Who Loved Me

    ★★★★

    It is a very hard to criticise a movie with an excellent story, menacing villains, brilliant action set pieces and a rather fantastic tragedy/love sub-plot.

    So I am not going to.

  • Mission: Impossible

    Mission: Impossible

    ★★★★½

    Brian De Palma is the master of suspense.

    The Odessa Steps sequence in The Untouchables. The prom night massacre scene in Carrie. Almost all of his films have iconic scenes, with very little dialogue, yet maximum tension and suspense.

    My favourite however is the Aquarium scene in Mission: Impossible. On the surface, it’s a straightforward exposition scene that ends with a violent explosion of glass, water, and marine life. Although simple on the page, the nearly six-minute scene is one…

  • The Hunt for Red October

    The Hunt for Red October

    ★★★★

    Submarine films always prove to be better than they have any right to be.

    And this is no different. Directed by the director of Die Hard, this is no action movie. It is however a well paced, well acted, Cold War thriller. And who the fuck doesn't like them??

    It is a bit "talky", but that is in no way a bad thing when you have the great Alec Baldwin and the greater Sean Connery delivering great, well written lines.…