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Old 02-01-2013, 22:27   #121
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My Neighbour Totoro. Thought I'd kick off the year with this animated masterpiece.

Angels With Dirty Faces. And this rootin-tootin' gangster classic.

Snow White and the Huntsman. Then this.
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Old 02-01-2013, 23:53   #122
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The Muppets Christmas Carol (R2): Superb and surprisingly moving! Very nice picture quality also.

The Dark Knight Rises (BD): Epic, fitting end to the trilogy. Didn't think the PQ was all that great though - could've been watching a DVD.

MIB 3 (BD): Some annoying bits (the K and O moment especially) but funny and definitely better than #2. The Florida scenes were nicely shot - good to see some blue sky instead of the usual flat white or green.
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Old 03-01-2013, 00:55   #123
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The Hobbit (Cinema): Dull.
Headhunters (Blu-Ray): I enjoyed this much more on the big screen, perhaps one to return to again in a couple of years.
Jack Reacher (Cinema): Enjoyable if slightly predictable. Herzog makes a good villain.
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Old 03-01-2013, 05:02   #124
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The Hobbit 2D version The film was a little strung out in places some of the chase scenes bordered on the ridiculous but overall the film flew by and I'm looking forward to the next one. 4/5

Searching For Sugar Man Fascinating documentary about the life of a musician seemingly no one had heard of outside of South Africa. 5/5

The Imposter An astonishing account of someone who takes on the identity of a Texan missing child. Quite harrowing in places but very entertaining. 4/5
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Old 03-01-2013, 12:00   #125
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Trouble With The Curve 4/5 (Grizzly Clint can do no wrong...on screen that is)

This Is 40 3/5 (Good adult comedy but waaay to long)

The Impossible 4/5 (hard hitting well acted)
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Old 03-01-2013, 12:30   #126
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King Kong (2005 version on TV)
Far too long, patchy CGI and stilted leads. That said, I enjoyed the first section in New York which looked stunning.

Rear Window (TV)
Finally caught up on this classic. Love the setting and James Stewart was great as always. After watching 'The Girl' over Christmas, I wondered what Grace Kelly had to put up with during the making.

Attack the Block (TV)
Fine bit of film-making but I struggled to get over the senselessness of the initial mugging.
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Old 03-01-2013, 12:31   #127
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Monsters Inc. - Simply brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant. 10/10

The Hobbit - Dragged on waaaaay too long, and even so it still managed to give sod all characterisation to most of the dwarves. 6/10

The Life of Pi - worked better as a book, even though it's pretty much a spot-on adaptation. Looks stupendous, but some things are better left in your head. 7/10
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:29   #128
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Life of Pi (2D): Stunning to look at and a very close adaptation of the book. Have no desire to see it in 3D now.

Stormbreaker (offair): Run of the mill.

OHMSS (BD): Superb - IMO the best Bond to its date.
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Old 04-01-2013, 18:00   #129
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The Hobbit - 3D - Very bland and drawn out. 6.5/10

The Intruders - Started quite intriguing but ended up pointless and dull. 6/10.

Texas Chainsaw (2013) - 3D - Awful. I had very low expectations which weren't met. Had the lead actress (or indeed either of the lead women) shown some skin it may have been a redeeming feature. But they didn't. 3/10.
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Dredd - Not bad. Looked a very cheap production and void of any real feeling that it was set in the future. The leads did well and while it would be hard to recommend, I didnt feel like I wasted my time. I'm not a 2000ad fan so no sure what that matters 6/10

The Dark Knight Rises - BD - Second viewing, 1st at cinema. Sadly, every bit as bad as my first viewing. Really hard to get any positives. I loved the last two, but this was garbage. I just cant get past 8 years passing, Banes voice, 4000 police officers going under ground, Wayne becoming Batman for no real reason. The biggest let down in years. 3/10 mainly because Bale's acting and Catwoman

SE7EN - BD - 18 years on and its lost none of its impact. Pitt, Freeman and Spacey are on top form. Fincher's direction is superb. An all time great. Simply stunning. 10/10
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OHMSS (BD): Superb - IMO the best Bond to its date.
Great film. I reckon if Connery had done this film it would be widely recognised as the best Bond film bar none
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Pontypool - I loved the character of Grant Mazzy but thought the film lost it's way towards the end. Shame as it could have been great.

Nude Nuns With Big Guns - It's so bad it's quite good, sexploitation flick without some of the charm of the 60's & 70's

Underworld Awakening - Short and sweet.
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Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol - A great popcorn flick with some terrific stunts and fantastic set-pieces. The pre-credits sequence has more action / tension than most other movies of this type have in their entire runtime and the whole thing seems refreshingly free from CGI. This was a 2nd viewing and I thought just as enjoyable second time around.


The Spy Who Loved Me - Christmas Day viewing. This is one of the Bond movies that I've seen the least times so I was really looking forward to it. I know that the common opinion is that this is the high-point of the Moore era but I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. In fact I much prefer Moonraker lol

The Raid - absolutely loved it. Very highly recommended!

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Quite a busy start to the year with some outstanding movies.

Flight-outstanding film and performance from Denzil Washington 5/5

Hitchcock-great telling of how "Psycho" was brought to screen by not just Hitchcock but his highly switched on Wife. 4/5

Django Unchained-Tarantino's back, great story telling. 4/5
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Mean Girls - Excellent. Great cheesy fun. 7/10

Zombieland - Gets better with every viewing. 9/10

Madagascar 3 - Better than expected, mainly due to Chris Rock and the Penguins. 6.5/10
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The American – Great performance from Clooney. 8/10

Wanderlust – Silly chick flick. 5/10

MIB3 – Entertaining. 5.5/10
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Wanderlust (BD rental): Basically rubbish.

Bridge to Terabithia (BD): Superb - a real surprise.

Acheived a remarkable balance between joy and sadness and avoided all mawkishness.

A Bug's Life (BD): Always great fun!
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The Living Daylights. Time for a new Bond (Roger vowed 'no more' after they made him go to bed with a Mr T lookalike). It's hit and miss and occasionally too silly, but Tim as Jim was a step in the right direction.

White Heat. Cagney on top form, but these days I find it hard not to think of Steve Martin when his mum visits him in stir.

Excision. The director, like his heroine, wants to repel and shock, but he could have tried harder. A good central performance is an asset, but
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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen - Awful stilted embarrassment of a film. Terrible wooden acting and zero chemistry. 4/10

Avengers Assemble - Entertaining but a bit too childish; I prefer much darker films like the latest Batman.. and when it gets all CGI my brain disengages. 6/10

A Royal Affair - Mesmerising, some real knock out performances. 9/10
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Beautiful Lies (BD rental): A film of two halves: the first half is a superb screw ball comedy, with Tatou showing a great gift for comic timing; then it turns into a bit of a melodrama which unfolds nicely enough but loses the comic momentum of the first half. Would've been better if they could have done it as a comedy throughout. Great performances all round, excellent music and gorgeous photography.

Empire of the Sun (BD rental): First time I've seen this since its original release. Could detect various Spielbergisms but luckily they don't overwhelm the material. Great performance from Bale.

PotC 4 (BD): Mildly entertaining.
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