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The Iceman
The Iceman (2013)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Let me just start off by saying I have seen a few documentaries about Richard Kuklinski before (years ago) so I was kind of aware of his story, but The Iceman does an amazing job of stringing together a lifetime of interesting stories.

Michael Shannon is just a powerhouse of fear and fury in this film, definately worth a watch.

X-Men: First Class
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I was ridiculously worried about how X-Men: First Class would turn out, being a massive fan of X1 and X2, but watching "Last Stand" and "Origins" made me feel like they had failed the franchise. However I am very pleased to say I absolutely loved First Class, don't get me wrong it had some major errors in my opinion but overall I think Matthew Vaughan did a fantastic job, picking a great cast and developing a plot that was full of action but also had heart to it.

Actors that stood out for me were definately, Michael Fassbender as Magneto and Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw. The Sebastian Shaw, was different to the one I was used to from the comics but Bacon made the part his own and did it very well! Forgive my ignorance but whoever played Banshee needs shooting, he was horrible.

A little bit of a spoiler alert is needed here, for me some parts of the film totally outweighed others, a major problem for me was how quickly some of the scenes jumped from one another, like at one point they'd be in the ocean fighting shaw then straight away be at the CIA base. It was a tad disjointed for me.

The worst part of the film however was how cringey the end became, there was no need to be so corny. Actually using the term X-Men made me feel embarressed, and the ending bit with Magneto was too cringey.

In the end though, Vaughan's X-Men prequel is absolutely brilliant if not a bit disjointed in places. Can't wait for the second one!

The Proposal
The Proposal (2009)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Really, really didn't enjoy this film, and I am quite an avocate for Rom Coms!. Being a Ryan Reynolds fan I went into this with fairly high expectations of a good performance by him but he was just so boring! I actually preferred Sandra Bullock in this film, I thought she made quite a good transition of character throughout the film, yet Reynolds was quite dull. The plot was extremely predictable but that aside I geniunely didn't find it remotely funny or feel good, just depressing. Suppose watching it on valentines day was not the best of ideas!

Closer
Closer (2004)
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Tricky this film for me, I thought the plot was okay, not great. The jumps in time between different stages in the film were very gritty. This film to me conveys a certain "dark side of love" sense, the issues of adultery and commitment are addressed very well, to me the message I got from this film is that however your big it up, cheating is still cheating. Acting-wise extremely strong performances from Jude Law and Natalie Portman, but Clive Owen takes the prize here, the intense vulgarity of the character was actually hilarious instead of being offputting. Julia Roberts was pretty weak in my opinion, too much mumbling and looking like she needed the toilet.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Although this is an improvement on New Moon, i still think it lacks the originality of Twilight, there was something about that film that made it a refreshing take on a bland story. However this isn't another Twilight review, Taylor Lautner is still terrible but I think Kristen Stewart was actually good in this film, she is a brilliant actor in other films and in this Twilight film I think we get a glimpse of what she can really do.