Films seen in June 2011

X- Men: First Class (2011) – Enjoyable, certainly the best X-Men film so far, yet it is still confined within its genre. Not as revolutionary as it should be. 3/5

The Hangover Part II (2011) – A lazy retread of the successful original, with little imagination or innovation. Few laughs, a disappointment. 2/5

Batman Begins (2005) -Christopher Nolan’s take on the Batman series treats its subject matter with far more gravitas than Joel Shumacher’s previous incarnations. A truly glorious reboot. 4/5

Senna (2010) – A touching tribute to the brilliant Ayrton Senna, Using contemporary footage rather than retrospective interviews ensures that this documentary retains much drama. 4/5

Mary and Max (2009) – A truly touching narrative, beautiful animation. A film that will stay with you, largely through a genuinely affecting subject matter. 4/5

Catfish (2010) – Well-crafted and immersive. The allure is lost slightly due to the claims by some that the events may have been faked. Regardless, still enjoyable.4/5

True Grit (2010) – Wonderful cinematography, Hailee Steinfield is excellent as the determined Mattie Ross, stopping at nothing to ensure justice is carried out. Further highlights the true skill the Coen Brothers possess. 5/5

Bad Teacher (2011) – Sticking firmly to convention, Bad Teacher is uninspired. A few amusing moments, but not enough to sustain the entire film. 2/5

Bringing Up Baby (1938) – Wonderful performances and quick-fire dialogue make for a timeless classic. A true delight. 5/5

Don’t Look Now (1973) –  Roeg imbues each scene with a wonderful sense of growing tension. Truly chilling. 5/5

 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) – A joyful film, detailing Ferris Bueller, who on a beautiful day, simply decides it’s too nice a day to go to school. John Hughes has such a gift for connecting with youth. 5/5

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