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Movie Ratings and Reviews

The Raid 2
The Raid 2(2014)

I have no idea why I waited so long to watch this. This and the original Raid: Redemption are two of the best action movies ever made. American movies don't come close to this level.

Predestination

I loves me a good time travel paradox, I do, and this one has the best one yet.

The Raid: Redemption

Finally got round to watching this last night. That fight at the end (two brothers against the little guy) is the best ever committed to film.

Oldboy
Oldboy(2013)
½

They get the famous corridor and elevator sequences right, that's about it.

Only Lovers Left Alive
½

Prententious crap, but great soundtrack.

Rush
Rush(2013)

Hard to come away from this without thinking that everyone involved in this sport is a complete idiot.

Gravity
Gravity(2013)

If I saw it yesterday, it would have been my film of 2013. Now I can't imagine it not being the best of 2014.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

I watched this for free and still felt cheated. Can't imagine how anyone who paid 10+ to see it in the cinema would feel....

On the Road
On the Road(2012)

It isn't a movie, it's just a love letter to Jack Kerouac.

The Amazing Spider-Man

I actually prefer this to the 'original' from 10 years ago.

The Dark Knight Rises

Batman in daylight just doesn't work.

Iron Sky
Iron Sky(2012)
½

It probably goes without saying, but this movie is really, really stupid.

Haywire
Haywire(2012)
½

Just retreds the Bourne path, but without the amnesia.

The Ides of March

It's dressed like a deep, dark political fairytale, but one or two scenes aside, this is about as deep as a Christmas ad for McDonalds.

Knocked Up
Knocked Up(2007)

Looks like its going to be the comedy of the year....

Contagion
Contagion(2011)

It's like those Valentines Day, New Years Eve, Love Actually etc, except instead of seeing pointless stories about celebrities falling in love, you get to watch them die horribly. Which is to say, much more entertaining.

Warrior
Warrior(2011)
½

It's like Rocky IV, but if Rocky and Ivan Drago were brothers, and the latter was fighting for the livelihood of a Mexican family.

Moneyball
Moneyball(2011)

sports and stata, every econometrics nerds' dream

Red State
Red State(2011)

Crazy mix of genres going on here

The Adjustment Bureau

Obama was right, this movie is absolute crap. Stopped watching after 45 minutes.

Monsters
Monsters(2010)

The ending is surprisingly powerful.

Never Let Me Go
½

Nothing wrong with an existential love triangle movie every now and again.

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

Believe it or not, Nicholas Cage is great in this.

The Fighter
The Fighter(2010)

Watch this, best sports movie ever.

The Experiment
½

Competent, bar the botched ending.

Law Abiding Citizen
½

This movie failed in getting me to root for the Jamie Foxx character, and hence see Gerard Butler as the bad guy. So i didnt like the ending. Great entertainment though.

Red
Red(2010)

Great entertainment.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
½

Maybe I'm too old for this sh*t, but this one for me was almost unwatchable.

The Last Kiss

They tried to do too much with this one. Also the ending would have worked in the italian version, not so much here.

The Town
The Town(2010)

Very entertaining, Jeremy Renner is the best thing about it.

Tron Legacy
Tron Legacy(2010)

There just wasnt enough action.

Machete
Machete(2010)

There is very little not to like about this movie.

The Social Network
½

Great acting, very interesting story.

The Road
The Road(2009)
½

Very very very depressing, but also very effective. Not one you will want to watch again.

Hot Tub Time Machine
½

Really stupid, and very funny.

This Is England

The best english film I've ever seen, and far better than the later miniseries.

The Damned United

Decent character study, but still a bit reverential.

The Ghost Writer
½

I didnt expect anything from this, but its probably the most enjoyable movie i've seen in years.

Four Lions
Four Lions(2010)

Probably would have been better to see it in the cinema.

The Box
The Box(2009)

Does what it sets out to do, but it's no Donnie Darko.

Inception
Inception(2010)
½

DVD and repeat viewing probably won't do it any favours, but still it's the most interesting blockbuster i've seen.

Kick-Ass
Kick-Ass(2010)
½

I dont see the big deal with this one

Watchmen
Watchmen(2009)
½

Finally got to see it, and was very impressed. Visually amazing, but it's the story that does it.

Capitalism: A Love Story
½

It's watchable, but his style is so old, any idiot on youtube has a rant just as good as this crap.

Factotum
Factotum(2006)

Whats the point in making a book adaptation that requires you to have read the book to be able to understand the plot?

Green Zone
Green Zone(2010)
½

"You don't decide what happens here". A slap in the face for even the good guys, and it takes the edge off the otherwise traditional Hollywood ending.

Youth in Revolt
½

They mess up the tone a bit at the starts and it never fully recovers, but still it's very watchable.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

It might be very long, but it's always interesting.

A Serious Man
½

This is one that'll make you think.

Funny People
Funny People(2009)
½

Maybe its because I heard bad things about it and had low expectations, but this was the best film ive seen in ages.

Choke
Choke(2008)

Cant pull off the books tone, which is essential for the ridiculous plot.

Up in the Air
½

Film of the year so far.

RocknRolla
RocknRolla(2008)

A much better version of Revolver, and I'm starting to become a fan of Mark Strong.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

I guess i couldnt see Scarlet Johansons character as anything but a dumn American slag.... it made what followed quite implausible!

Taken
Taken(2009)

The scenes in america are awful, but once its Neeson kicking ass in France, its very enjoyable.

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (The Baader Meinhof Complex)

The main characters arent likeable at all, so its hard to sympathise with them. Other than that, really fascinating movie.

The Hurt Locker

Its a thinker. Not very enjoyable at the time, but it will stay with you.

Once Upon a Time in the Midlands

A bit too english for me, but still a good translation of Spaghetti Westerns.... to Nottingham.

Public Enemies

Solid, but nothing special.

Avatar
Avatar(2009)
½

The special effects are so good that you don't even consider that this world doesn't exist. The problem is: will it work on DVD,(or even Blu-Ray)?

State of Play

Nothing special, but it is the first good modern political thriller I've seen.

500 Days of Summer

Enjoyable enough, but spends too much time trying to be cool. For example, having a soundtrack of British indie music might be cool in the US, but not so much for everyone else.

The Informers

Very cold and impossible to like, apart from its ridiculous 80's-ness.

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
½

Started watching it expecting the worst movie ever. It was watchable until one scene in the middle. Irredeemable after.

Monsters vs. Aliens

The only thing i can remember about it was that big 'mothzilla' thing. I liked that.

The Soloist
The Soloist(2009)

Its trying to say a lot, but doesnt get much of it across.

The Day the Earth Stood Still

I saw it on the plane to Sydney in July, and only remembered I saw it the other day. That says it all. Watch the original.

Red Cliff (Chi Bi)
½

Its all about tactics, and there are some excellently staged battles in here.

Drag Me to Hell

Best horror movie I've seen for a while

Angels & Demons
½

I'd like to meet someone who thinks this movie is good. Actually no, I wouldn't.

You Don't Mess With the Zohan
½

Not funny, not good. But I'm told it killed in Israel. It had better have, since thats all it seems to aim at.

Twelve Monkeys (12 Monkeys)

It gets better every time you watch it.

Star Trek
Star Trek(2009)
½

I saw it on a plane, and it was still excellent.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
½

Saw it on a bus, in Spanish with Englih subtitles. Had no emotional resonance whatsoever, but still has a great story and some good bloodless action.

Tropic Thunder

I actually thought Jack Black and Matthew McCounnaghqzyxyy's characters were the funniest.

Little Miss Sunshine
½

Great opening introductory montage, but the rest doesnt live up to the hype. Saw it on a plane though, maybe thats got something to do with it.

The Proposal
The Proposal(2009)

I fell asleep for the half hour where they realise they love each other. Sandra Bullock kinda looks like Angelica Houston from 'The Witches', but Ryan Reynolds once again makes a terrible romcom idea watchable.

Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked)
½

Would have been better if Richard Curtis wasnt involved.

The Incredible Hulk

Edward Norton obviously got this based on his performance in American History X, which was a long time, (and many many whiny performances) ago. He shouldn't be in this, and Liv Tyler shouldnt be in anything longer than a cosmetics ad.

Zack and Miri Make a Porno
½

One of the funniest romantic comedies I've ever seen. And its surprisingly romantic too.

Terminator Salvation

A sequel and prequel that adds depth to the franchise. (Also, I'm saving up for the DVD, where Moon Bloodgood apparantly has a topless scene)

Synecdoche, New York

I'll watch it again one day, and it will get better. But this stuff needs the Spike Jonze humor, and I think Charlie Kaufman spent too much time hanging out with Michel Gondry on the set of Science of Sleep, which isnt a good thing.

W.
W.(2008)
½

Its ridiculous how bad Thandie Newton is in this movie

Semi-Pro
Semi-Pro(2008)

The only funny thing in this whole movie is that a referee is also a priest

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

I was never interested in watching this, but caught it on TV and what an a chievement it is- a musical that doesnt make me want to kill myself!

The International

Absolute bollocks, except for the Guggenheim shoot-out and Armin Mueller-Stahl.

Elizabethtown
½

About a half hour too long, but a flawed Cameron Crowe movie is still way better than 99% of the crap out there.

Defiance
Defiance(2009)

By-the-numbers wartime epic

Che: Part One (The Argentine)
½

Looking forward to seeing him export the revolution in Part Two

Slumdog Millionaire

It takes a lot to survive this amount of hype.

In the Valley of Elah

The movie is basically over after 45 minutes.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
½

Not the type of movie I would generally watch, but just try turning this off after the first 5 minutes.

Goodbye Bafana

Entertaining enough, but its just not a great story. Diane Kruger does well given that shes a German putting on a South African accent. She's still shite though.

Juno
Juno(2007)

One of the best romantic comedies ever

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Mostly shit, but the last 20 minutes or so go a long way to redeeming it.

Frost/Nixon
Frost/Nixon(2008)
½

Good story, good acting. Not a great film though.

The Wrestler
The Wrestler(2008)

Probably the most depressing sports movie of all time.

Superman Returns

Superman goes existential. It could have been the best of the mid-2000's franchise revamps, but the subplots spoil the momentum.

WALL-E
WALL-E(2008)
½

I like this a lot more than anything they've done since Monsters Inc.

Burn After Reading

It's a grower. My favourite character by far was the gym manager who spent 14 years as a Greek Orthodox priest.

Wanted
Wanted(2008)

Started well, then turned shite

24: Redemption
½

Pretty disappointed....

Quantum of Solace

You could argue forever about who was the best Bond.... but in the end, the only one who ever made you care what happened to him is Daniel Craig.

Mongol
Mongol(2008)
½

It'll be a crime if they don't turn this into a trilogy....

Just Friends
Just Friends(2005)

I caught this on TV one night, surprisingly good. Its probably because I missed the fatsuit stuff at the start though....

Enigma
Enigma(1983)

Whoever decided to make all

The Dark Knight

Puts two decades of blockbusters to shame.

Cars
Cars(2006)

The older I get, the creepier anthropomorphism seems....

Land and Freedom

The story of why communism fails

The Counterfeiters
½

Schindlers List-without the good guys.

The Air I Breathe

It's got a really interesting story but it's let down by a few plotholes, one or two lines of terrible dialogue, and Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Lust, Caution
½

There isn't really enough story to justify a 2 and a half hour running time.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Same problem as The Temple Of Doom: No Nazi's.....

The Wind That Shakes the Barley
½

An effective look at how the War of Independence changed to the Civil War basically overnight.

No Man's Land

It's a metaphor, you know.

Thank You for Smoking
½

One of the most balanced movies you'll ever see about smoking

Iron Man
Iron Man(2008)

Perfect tone, perfect casting.

Cassandra's Dream
½

Woody Allen meets Eastenders. Awful in every conceivable way.

Youth Without Youth

Didnt have a clue what was going on most of the time....but still it always kept me thinking.

Road House
Road House(1989)

Swayze in Zen mode, monster trucks, throats ripped out, "i used to fuck guys like you in prison", and of course a gratuitous Swayze ass shot. A classic.

Midnight Express

The opening arrest scene is fantastic. The rest makes no sense and is a little bit racist.

Sleuth
Sleuth(2007)

It's got Jude Law, so it was doomed from the start.

Wristcutters: A Love Story
½

This was an interesting concept, but everything else about it is terrible.

Lions for Lambs

Tom Cruise makes the movie.

Beowulf
Beowulf(2007)

Angelina Jolie with no clothes on for the whole movie? Count me in. So what if she has a tail.... and is basically computer animated?

The Mission
The Mission(1986)

The story just isnt interesting enough

Warlords (Tau ming chong)

You need to be Zhang Yimou or Ang Lee to do a Wushu movie right

Rambo (Rambo IV)
½

Absolute bullshit. But people get their heads blown off.

Rendition
Rendition(2007)
½

As these multi-plot strand War on Terror issue movies go, this is somewhere between Babel and Syriana.

Amazing Grace
½

Great story, but thats about it

The Mist
The Mist(2007)

That ending will get you

There Will Be Blood

I was expecting a lot, waited a long time to see it, and I'm still thinking about it. Obviously its amazing.

Into the Wild

Best movie I've seen this year.

Southland Tales

Worst film I've seen in a very long time

Across the Universe
½

I'd recommend it if Bono wasnt in it. Playing Ken Kesey....

The Hoax
The Hoax(2007)

Great story not very well told

Tsotsi (Thug)

So subtle that you dont even realise the point at which you start to feel sorry for the main character. Very powerful ending.

Control
Control(2007)

Great biopic, even if you know nothing about the subject.

Michael Clayton
½

Great atmosphere, Clooneys great

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Awkwardly realistic, but a very affecting ending.

Breach
Breach(2007)

Reminded me a lot of Shattered Glass.

Sicko
Sicko(2007)

Socialised Medicine is the Devil! Ronald Reagan said so.

Elizabeth: The Golden Age

Makes you want to go out and kill your Catholic cousin.

The Nines
The Nines(2007)

Three bad movies, saved by one scene. Quite an achievement. It's either a 2 star movie or a 4 star movie, at the moment I'm thinking 4, begrudgingly.

Charlie Wilson's War
½

Better than most of the recent Hollywood films that try to explain the Middle East conflict.

Bad Santa
Bad Santa(2003)
½

One of the best Christmas movies ever.

Smokin' Aces
Smokin' Aces(2007)

I knew this was going to be bad, but thought it would at least be funny. It wasnt.

The Kingdom
The Kingdom(2007)

So bad it's actually offensive

Scoop
Scoop(2006)
½

Not a terrible movie, seems a lot worse than it is because it can only be compared to Match Point.

Rescue Dawn
Rescue Dawn(2007)

To be honest, I'd watch Christian Bale take a dump

Crime Novel
Crime Novel(2005)

Lots of cliches going around, but not bad.

3:10 to Yuma
3:10 to Yuma(2007)

Will definitely be in my top 10 for 2007

The Deer Hunter

Not much wrong with this one.

American Gangster
½

I was expecting a bit more. This is Blow V Goodfellas V The French Connection.

What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?

Kind of spoils my romantic view of Jake 'The Muss'.

A Mighty Heart

Angelinas great, but the political/racial messages are so badly done this makes Crash look like a masterpiece

Letters from Iwo Jima
½

Much better than Flags of our Fathers.

Sunshine
Sunshine(2007)
½

Great movie, the utilitarian code of ethics was the most interesting part of the story.

The Bourne Ultimatum
½

Very disappointed I didnt get to see it in the theatre... Downloaded a great quality version and watched it twice in two days..... Its damn good.

No Direction Home: Bob Dylan

All documentaries should have a ranting drunken Irishman to lighten the tone....

Factory Girl
Factory Girl(2007)

Guy Pearce is great, didnt even know it was him till the credits rolled. Whats with Anakin Skywalker as Bob Dylan?

Amadeus
Amadeus(1984)

The American accents in this movie drove me insane..... This is why nowadays everyone puts on an English accent in period dramas...

Kingdom of Heaven

(Directors Cut). Great visuals, but Orlando Blooms character makes no sense at all, theres no explanation for how he turns into a military commander just because his father dies. And he preaches way too much in the third act.

The Battle of Algiers (La Battaglia di Algeri)

If you see one Italian neo-realist docudrama this week.... make it this one.

Transformers
Transformers(2007)
½

Ok, but very long, very loud and Michael Bay should invest in a tripod and stop wearing out the 'cut' button on the editing software.

The Fountain
The Fountain(2006)

Very impressed by this movie, and I wasn't expectng to like it at all...

Children of Men

Not very memorable, apart from one scene. Which is one of the best scenes ever.