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Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs (2015)
16 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Brilliance. Multiple levels of interest, gripping and thought-provoking. Camera, lighting, scripting and acting all excellent. Danny Boyle exceeds his already-excellent repertoire.
Some stuff had to be left out, of course... too many of the significant also-rans are alive and wealthy. So compromises are palpable. But that in itself is a significant achievement ,like getting shades of grey past a black&white censorial lens. Steve Jobs (the film) uses colour, and the lack of it, pace (fast, slow, timestop, flashback), sensitivity, anger, stupidity and brilliance. Imperfection in this movie just illustrates the flaws in its subject. And that is the point.... how to be brilliant, despite your flaws. Danny and Steve, both.

The Martian
The Martian (2015)
16 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Best film I've 'first-time-seen' this century. Not perfect .... flawed by the vagaries and necessities of financing a Big Movie. But proof that a clever film is better than an expensive one. Positives .... amusing, intelligent, entertaining, educational, non-smoking. The most original use of a 'hollywood-standard' plot formula since StarWars. Negatives, all non-fatal ... Having faithfully homaged the 2001 spaceship models, the gift of music could have been extended. Loved the 'disco'-banter, loved the transition to old Bowiexlassic Starman.... but opportunities missed to match the pace and changing tension with appropriate music. 2001 is regarded as having only one 'scientific error' - Martian has many.... too many really, but who really cares?

The Guys
The Guys (2003)
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Deeply moving, without pathos. A delicate subject nicely handled.

Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A pleasant surprise ... clever plot, tense and yet humorous acting. Interesting cutting tactic of piling on the violent action (futuristic replication of Private Ryan on D-day beaches (alien future version)), then bringing in the plot twists and hints of love-interest (and rejection).

The Book Thief
2 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Tough times portrayed sympathetically. Shades of Heimat. Film better than bok, by the simple editorial decision to minimise the Death(ly) Narrator. it doesn't enhance, merely trivialises and patronises. Death the Narrator's done brilliantly in 'oh What a Lovely War' and doesn't warrant repetition.