30 December 2011

29 December 2011

27 December 2011

O'Horten 3.5/5 (R)

Inside Job 4/5 (R)

Veronica Guerin 3/5 (R)

Fred Claus 2.5/5 (R)

Didn't realise I'd already seen this

25 December 2011

24 December 2011

Rare Exports 4/5 (D)

Scrooge - A Christmas Carol 4/5 (R)

The Muppet's Christmas Carol 4/5 (T)

This is probably a 5 start film but I wasn't fully watching it.

Gremlins 4/5 (R)

23 December 2011

Nativity 3/5 (R)

Quite enjoyable but the actual Nativity play goes on a bit. And I'm a lot more interested in seeing The Hobbit because of Martin Freeman.

22 December 2011

Scoop 3/5 (R)

20 December 2011

18 December 2011

17 December 2011

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 1/5 (R)

Offensively bad. How can you make a film about things transforming into giant robots and fighting each other so boring.

14 December 2011

13 December 2011

12 December 2011

Elf 4/5 (R)

10 December 2011

04 December 2011

Take Shelter 4/5 (C)

The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008) 2.5/5 (R)

Appears to completely miss the point of the original

02 December 2011

Cop Out 2.5/5 (I)

Not that bad really

26 November 2011

25 November 2011

24 November 2011

22 November 2011

Neds 3/5 (D)

21 November 2011

20 November 2011

The Artist 5/5 (C)

The style and performances make up for the simple story but it's such a shame about the obvious and disappointing ending.

19 November 2011

Inbred 3/5 (C)

We Have A Pope 3/5 (C)

18 November 2011

17 November 2011

16 November 2011

Harvey 4.5/5 (C)

Judgement 4/5 (C)

Cut 4/5 (C)

Night Fishing 3/5 (C)

15 November 2011

Aliens 5/5/ (C)

14 November 2011

The Phantom Of The Opera (1925) 4/5 (C)

With live organ accompaniment

13 November 2011

Smuggler 3.5/5 (C)

Slow start, great ending

Juan Of The Dead 4/5 (C)

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind 4.5/5 (C)

12 November 2011

11 November 2011

10 November 2011

09 November 2011

Safety Last 4/5 (C)

As part of Paul Merton's Silent Clowns at LIFF25

L'enfer 4/5 (C)

07 November 2011

06 November 2011

05 November 2011

22nd May 4/5 (C)

Psycho 5/5 (C)

Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978) 3.5/5 (C)

Fantastic until the final third, yet another case where my "Lose A Third" rule would really help.

03 November 2011

02 November 2011

01 November 2011

31 October 2011

27 October 2011

23 October 2011

The Adventures of Tintin 4/5 (C)

A great film, lived up to my high expectations and childhood memories

22 October 2011

21 October 2011

Australia 2/5 (R)

Starts off like a French & Saunders spoof and doesn't get much better.

16 October 2011

Pina (3D) 3.5/5 (C)

The best live action 3D I've seen but the film goes on for a bit too long

13 October 2011

Drive 3.5/5 (C)

Looks and sounds fantastic but once a certain plot point happens the outcome seems inevitable.

09 October 2011

05 October 2011

04 October 2011

Living In A Material World 5/5 (C)

Three and a half hours and never once got bored.

02 October 2011

01 October 2011

Tangled 4/5 (D)

Much better than I was expecting, almost up there with some of the Disney greats.

30 September 2011

29 September 2011

27 September 2011

26 September 2011

25 September 2011

24 September 2011

21 September 2011

TRON: Legacy 3/5 (D)

Better than the 3D version I saw at the cinema because I could actually see what was happening in all the dark scenes.

20 September 2011

14 September 2011

The Skin I Live In 4/5 (C)

It may be getting better the more I think about it...

11 September 2011

10 September 2011

07 September 2011

Badlands 4/5 (C)

Not as powerful as I remember

04 September 2011

Sex And The City 2.5/5 (R)

Goes on a bit...

02 September 2011

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest 2.5/5 (D)

It's not bad, just not particularly good. I lost interest during the 1st film so the two sequels never really stood much of a chance.

28 August 2011

26 August 2011

Super 8 4/5 (C)

Would have been even better without all the distracting lens flare. At some points I actually thought there was something wrong with the projection.

25 August 2011

22 August 2011

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes 3.5/5 (C)

Once again only let down by my own high expectations.

13 August 2011

10 August 2011

07 August 2011

01 August 2011

31 July 2011

Beginners 3/5 (C)

15 July 2011

14 July 2011

13 July 2011

09 July 2011

Akira 4/5 (C)

08 July 2011

07 July 2011

03 July 2011

23 June 2011

15 June 2011

13 June 2011

12 June 2011

11 June 2011

Senna 4.5/5 (C)

Fantastic documentary of an amazing story which I had no real interest or knowledge of before the film.

05 June 2011

04 June 2011

Jar City 3/5 (R)

Predator 3/5 (R)

Fun but dated badly and seems very clichéd.

03 June 2011

Le Concert 3.5/5 (D)

Nice music and ending but a strange mix of fish-out-of-water comedy and sentimental drama.

02 June 2011

30 May 2011

The Italian Job (1969) 2.5/5 (R)

But it didn't have my full attention

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 3/5 (R)

29 May 2011

25 May 2011

24 May 2011

22 May 2011

18 May 2011

08 May 2011

Hanna 3/5 (C)

Disappointing but I might be interested in a sequel.

06 May 2011

District 9 3/5 (D)

Not as good as I remember.

30 April 2011

Submarine 5/5 (C)

Probably my favourite film of the year so far.

29 April 2011

28 April 2011

26 April 2011

21 April 2011

17 April 2011

16 April 2011

14 April 2011

35 Shots Of Rum 3.5/5 (R)

Not a lot really happens but it sticks with you for a long time after the film has finished.

12 April 2011

Shrek Forever After 2/5 (D)

Feels like a straight to video sequel, even the cast sound like cheaper imitations of themselves and the 3D is annoying and pointless even in 2D.

09 April 2011

Taken 3/5 (R)

3 Monkeys 2/5 (R)

I couldn't get into this at all.

08 April 2011

05 April 2011

Let Me In 3/5 (C)

Made me want to see Let The Right One in again.

02 April 2011

26 March 2011

Margot At The Wedding 4/5 (R)

The Happening 2/5 (R)

Pointless. Bad enough to be entertaining but not bad enough to be good.

Female Agents 3/5 (R)

24 March 2011

22 March 2011

21 March 2011

Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait 2/5 (R)

Still not sure who this was made for, not me though.

The Girl Who Played With Fire 2.5/5 (D)

13 March 2011

12 March 2011

05 March 2011

27 February 2011

Hot Tub Time Machine 2.5/5 (D)

Good idea let down by a script also stuck in the 80s

26 February 2011

20 February 2011

19 February 2011

15 February 2011

14 February 2011

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans 4/5 (D)

Nicolas Cage is completely OTT and the film is all the better for it. Wonderful.

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll 3.5/5 (D)

13 February 2011

The Tempest (2010) 3/5 (C)

Looks great but was lacking something.

Black Narcissus 4/5 (C)

Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff 5/5 (C)

An excellent film on a wonderful subject, made even better by the great introduction and Q&A with director Craig McCall.

The Manchurian Candidate (1962) 3/5 (C)

12 February 2011

The Gleaners And I 5/5 (C)

After this and Vagabond I'm adding more Agnes Varda to my Lovefilm list. Wish I could have seen Waste Land as well.

Into Eternity 4.5/5 (C)

Fantastic documentary which did what all great documentaries should do and made me think. Shame I couldn't stay for the heated debate afterwards.

Red Monarch 2/5 (C)

11 February 2011

Trainspotting 5/5 (C)

Still brilliant 15 years later. Digging out the soundtrack next

A Screaming Man 2.5/5 (C)

For some reason I just couldn't get into this but I think I should have liked it. Part of the problem of seeing so many films at a Festival (and running around in between them)

Vagabond 4/5 (C)

10 February 2011

05 February 2011

Blue Valentine 4.5/5 (C)

Power cut meant I didn't see the last 5 minutes but I don't think it matters

04 February 2011

30 January 2011

Splice 3.5/5 (D)

Really quite good until it goes all wrong at the end.

29 January 2011

The Other Boleyn Girl 3/5 (R)

Made Natalie Portman's performance in Black Swan seem even more remarkable.

A Good Year 2.5/5 (T)

Only half watching, but it seemed ok.

28 January 2011

The King's Speech 3.5/5 (C)

Entertaining but not sure why all the praise.

26 January 2011

Black Swan 5/5 (C)

May not quite by a five star film but this was a five star screening.

24 January 2011

Valhalla Rising 3/5 (D)

Looks amazing but I had no idea what was going on.

18 January 2011

14 January 2011

12 January 2011

Another Year 5/5 (C)

Brilliantly hilarious and depressing.

09 January 2011

08 January 2011

The Cranes Are Flying 4/5 (C)

Mother 3/5 (D)

Think I was far too tired to really appreciate this.

06 January 2011

01 January 2011