Watched in 2016

Watched in 2016

  1. Dec 30 - Remember the Titans
    Super corny, not even Denzel can carry it. Fun spotting actors who went on to other things.
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  2. Dec 29 - Whiplash
    Super at building tension throughout, good moral questions and Jazz works very well in films.
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  3. Dec 27 - Easy Rider
    Stylistically interesting, narratively baffling and frustrating. Get the feeling that the context is everything.
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  4. Dec 27 - The Apartment
    Shirley MacLaine - watchable, Jack Lemmon, not so much, but pretty good.
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  5. Dec 27 - Kill Bill: Vol. 2
    Exuberant and chaotic ( and a little long) journey.
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  6. Dec 27 - Kill Bill: Vol. 1
    Rewatch with youngest - intrigued what he made of it.
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  7. Dec 26 - Spy
    I enjoyed it - though a tad long.
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  8. Dec 26 - Liar Liar
    Carried by Jim Carrey - may be your thing, maybe not.
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  9. Dec 25 - How the Grinch Stole Christmas
    Our xmas favourite.
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  10. Dec 20 - Leon: The Professional
    Was in the mood. Top performances all round.
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  11. Dec 14 - Days of Heaven
    Sumptuous visuals, great music and tension created with such economy.
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  12. Dec 14 - Inherit the Wind
    More of a chore than I expected. Spencer Tracey was good.
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  13. Dec 11 - Steam of life
    Certainly unique- and all the better for it.
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  14. Dec 10 - Independence Day : Resurgence
    An exercise in the sunk cost fallacy. Ridiculous and corny, but surprised I wasn't more annoyed.
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  15. Dec 8 - the 400 blows
    Simple story, charming, sad and funny. Told with style.
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  16. Dec 5 - Blade Runner
    Really stands the test of time.
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  17. Dec 4 - A touch of evil
    “He was some kind of a man. What does it matter what you say about people?”
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  18. Dec 3 - High Noon
    Decent character piece.
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  19. Nov 28 - The Life Aquatic with Steve Zizzou
    Just the thing. Loved the colours, the music and the people. So that's a good combination.
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  20. Nov 27 - Badlands
    Great music, charismatic performance from Martin Sheen and compelling film.
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  21. Nov 26 - The Assassination of Jessie James by the Coward Robert Ford
    Sometimes it felt too slow, but on reflection well worth the glacial pace. Great character acting throughout.
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  22. Nov 26 - Rancho Notorious
    A jolly song over hate,murder and revenge. Superior quality western.
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  23. Nov 22 - Waltz with Bashir
    Animation was interesting, story horrific, and treatment pretty good.
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  24. Nov 20 - Iron Man 3
    Ok. Liked that it embraced the inherent silliness of superhero films, but slightly over-egged the wisecrack pudding.
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  25. Nov 19 - In the mood for love
    Stylish and seductive - beautiful looking and hypnotic.
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  26. Nov 18 - Hoop Dreams
    Must see. So good.
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  27. Nov 16 - Everybody wants some
    Comedy? Bloody hell, I gave it an hour - not a single laugh. Objectionable shite.
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  28. Nov 15 - Hunger
    Brutal yet beautifully made - captivating to watch.
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  29. Nov 13 - Captain America: Civil War
    Liked how it was pitched - bit of humour, action was fun, especially Ant-man.
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  30. Nov 13 - Ghostbusters
    Decent.
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  31. Nov 12 - Star Trek Beyond
    Corny as hell, but reasonable fun.
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  32. Nov 8 - Enough said
    Good actors playing it well. Enjoyed it.
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  33. Nov 6 - The Imitation Game
    Liked how the code breaking wasn't the only aspect, but the implications too.
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  34. Nov 5 - X-Men: Apocalypse
    Watched it wondering if it was going to get better or worse. It didn't get better.
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  35. Nov 5 - Synecdoche, New York
    Started slowly but got better and better. Funny and thought provoking.
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  36. Nov 3 - Room
    Tense, claustrophobic start, and then lost it's way.
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  37. Nov 1 - Operator
    Short, Simple and brilliant
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  38. Oct 30 - 20,000 days on earth
    Not really on my radar, but I liked him and it. How stuff gets created is great to hear about.
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  39. Oct 25 - Russian Ark
    Strangely watchable and less dry than I was expecting.
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  40. Oct 23 - The White Ribbon
    Slow paced, sinister and beautifully put together.
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  41. Oct 23 - Stalingrad
    Some standards tropes, but all well done with grim raw material.
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  42. Oct 21 - Ghost in the shell
    Nice ideas, cool animation and rubbish monologues.
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  43. Oct 18 - Le Havre
    Don't think it's possible to be more deadpan, but nice.
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  44. Oct 17 - The Grand Budapest Hotel
    Ralph Fiennes was great and whole thing was fun.
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  45. Oct 16 - The Pianist
    Enjoyed probably the wrong word, but it was worth watching and thinking about.
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  46. Oct 15 - Metropolis
    Amazing. Must have blown people's minds in 1927.
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  47. Oct 14 - The Eichmann Show
    Worth watching and neutrally played.
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  48. Oct 13 - The Third Man
    Glad to have finally seen it.
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  49. Oct 12 - Goon
    Not subtle, but kinda fun.
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  50. Oct 11 - Two Lane Blacktop
    Throaty cars, quiet people and open roads.
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  51. Oct 9 - Mulholland Drive
    Wow. Well that will take some puzzling over.
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  52. Oct 9 - Half Nelson
    Found it pretty tense. but good.
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  53. Oct 8 - The Cruel Sea
    Stands up well. Broad and thoughtful.
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  54. Oct 5 - Anatomy of a Murder
    Bit dated, but strange combination of jolly and cynical.
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  55. Oct 3 - Red Road
    Deftly done drama with healthy helping of tension.
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  56. Oct 2 - Frank
    Loved it all. Makes me wish I could make music. Magical
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  57. Oct 1 - The Counsellor
    Ran out of steam, and got worse the more the characters spoke.
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  58. Sep 29 - Hail,Caesar!
    Fun
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  59. Sep 26 - Veronica Guerin
    Decent enough biopic. And needless voiceover at the end.
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  60. Sep 25 - 21 Grams
    Gritty. Didn't need voice over.
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  61. Sep 24 - Moonrise Kingdom
    Quality actors being charming. I liked it.
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  62. Sep 24 - Hell and High Water
    Hilariously sexist - 'How did a girl who looks like that get mixed up in science?" But fun nonetheless.
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  63. Sep 22 - Mean Streets
    Sprawling and messy but very watchable.
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  64. Sep 21 - Volver
    Intriguing story put together with great acting. And a red Cortina estate.
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  65. Sep 20 - X-Men: Days of Future Past
    Proper superhero film - pitched just right
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  66. Sep 19 - Nebraska
    Heartwarming with terrific performances.
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  67. Sep 18 - Requiem for a Dream
    Pretty trippy and then very grim - which I guess was the point.
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  68. Sep 17 - Starter for 10
    Fairly pedestrian without being bad.
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  69. Sep 17 - The Great Beauty
    Fine line between style and sleaze. Great party scenes.
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  70. Sep 15 - Brokeback Mountain
    So much more than a gay cowboy movie - very good.
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  71. Sep 14 - Together
    Different culture feels exotic and feels good. Enjoyed it
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  72. Sep 13 - Michael Clayton
    I like Tilda. I like George. Proper actors in a taught thriller not trying too hard.
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  73. Sep 11 - Oh! What a Lovely War
    Found it a bit of a chore. I imagine it was bold for its time.
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  74. Sep 10 - American Hustle
    Fun with quality scene stealing from Jennifer Lawrence
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  75. Sep 8 - Imitation of Life
    Melodrama. Lush visuals and drama on steroids.
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  76. Sep 7 - Paths of Glory
    Two for the price of one - Courtroom drama AND military shenanegans. Plus, what an ending.
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  77. Sep 6 - Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
    Bit too serious and a bit of a mess.
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  78. Sep 5 - Philadelphia
    Difficult to mess up a courtroom drama. Especially with good actors.
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  79. Sep 4 - Midnight Special
    I liked that it didn't try to spell everything out and kept it simple and well played.
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  80. Sep 3 - RoboCop
    Dull. Gary Oldman always watchable, but whole thing felt really flat.
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  81. Sep 3 - Munich
    Decent thriller with a hefty dose of moral pondering.
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  82. Sep 2 - All About Eve
    Can see why it's a classic. Mouse?, never mouse.
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  83. Sep 1 - Leaving Las Vegas
    Very unconventional love story with terrific performances
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  84. Aug 31 - The Bedford Incident
    Enjoyably tense and taught.
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  85. Aug 30 - See No Evil, Hear No Evil
    Not their greatest work - but fun to see Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder together.
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  86. Aug 29 - The Lives of Others
    Very good drama set in the insane world of the GDR.
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  87. Aug 28 - The Hidden Fortress
    Funny and epic.
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  88. Aug 27 - The Boss
    Shame that the good bits are few and far between.
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  89. Aug 25 - Inside Out
    So clever and so much fun from Pixar.
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  90. Aug 24 - Fish Tank
    Drama. Low-key but amazingly tense as I was so invested in the characters.
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  91. Aug 23 - Life During Wartime
    Took notes during this - Loved the Intense, sickly color palette. Great performances by Ciaran Hinds and Allison Janney. Enjoyed the music. Overall was very funny and harsh too - which was a good thing.
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  92. Aug 22 - Carol
    Beautiful looking and subtle love story.
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  93. Jun 23 - Mission Impossible : Rogue Nation
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  94. Jun 21 - Bridge of Spies
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  95. Jun 19 - Lincoln
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  96. Jun 8 - Her
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  97. May 31 - The Assassin
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  98. May 28 - Birdman or(the unexpected virtue of ignorance)
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  99. May 25 - The Bad Education Movie
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  100. May 21 - Selma
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  101. May 21 - Zodiac
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  102. May 19 - 12 years a slave
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  103. May 19 - The Big Short
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  104. May 18 - Absolutely anything
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  105. May 15 - Pusher (1996)
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  106. May 14 - Alléluia
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  107. May 12 - K-Pax
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  108. May 10 - Aquirre, Wrath of God
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  109. May 7 - Brüno
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  110. May 7 - Slaying the badger
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  111. May 3 - The Revenant
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  112. May 2 - The Hateful Eight
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  113. May 1 - Spotlight
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  114. May 1 - Star Wars: The Force Awakens
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  115. Apr 30 - Mr Nice
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  116. Apr 17 - Deadpool
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  117. Mar 20 - The Paperboy
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  118. Mar 12 - Fear x
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  119. Feb 28 - Traffic
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  120. Feb 24 - Interstellar
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  121. Feb 21 - Silver Linings Playbook
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  122. Feb 20 - Black Mass
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  123. Feb 16 - Sicario
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  124. Feb 14 - The Martian
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  125. Feb 13 - Ant Man
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  126. Feb 9 - Straight Outta Compton
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  127. Feb 3 - The China Syndrome
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  128. Jan 29 - Spectre
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  129. Jan 23 - Fair Game
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  130. Jan 22 - Trance
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  131. Jan 19 - The Andromeda Strain
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  132. Jan 18 - Invictus
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  133. Jan 17 - The Impossible
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  134. Jan 16 - The Watch
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  135. Jan 16 - Shutter Island
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  136. Jan 10 - Cross of Iron
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  137. Jan 9 - Ghost Town
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  138. Jan 4 - Mad max: Fury Road
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  139. Jan 3 - Beginners
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  140. Jan 3 - Catch me if you can
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  141. Jan 1 - Green zone
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