Shutter Island (2010)Dir. Martin Scorsese

If you can see past the plot holes (which you won’t know exist until afterwards anyway), this is an intense and pretty damn entertaining psychological thriller. Scorsese directs this with an uneasy tone and the whole atmosphere is wonderfully dreary. With a gripping story and a great cast, ‘Shutter Island’ is a very cool flick.

Airplane! (1980)Dir. David Zucker

An absolute classic, ‘Airplane’ remains pretty damn funny even after 30 years and multiple viewings. The jokes come at you like a machine gun, never letting up. With a fantastic cast, this is American comedy at its best.

Airplane II: The Sequel (1982)Dir. Ken Finkleman

Even though it’s just a retread of the first, there’s still tons of great stuff to enjoy here. Not quite as ingenious and darkly comedic as the first, but still extremely funny and with another killer cast (William Shatner is awesome). A very good, and very worthy sequel.

Blood Simple (1984) Dir. Joel Coen

I really dig the Coen brothers stuff, but this kinda missed the mark for me. I just found ‘Blood Simple’ to be too stone-faced and distant, with the main characters (McDormand in particular) being pretty dull and unlikable. Also, the score is a horrible 90s keyboard/synth track that gets old fast. Quite disappointing really and a million miles away from the awesome-ness that is ‘The Big Lebowski’.

Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986)Dir. Hayao Miyazaki

Sorry Pixar, but Studio Ghibli is by far my favourite animation studio. Those guys craft the most wonderful stories and stunning visuals, without ever speaking down to their audience. This is a thoroughly entertaining flick with alot of serious overtones, which makes it accessible to adults and children alike.

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2009)Dir. Peter Sollett

I think I’ve pretty much had enough of Michael Cera now. The guy’s character here is just too much of a soppy douchebag for me to a) like and empathise with, and b) believe incredibly hot girls like Kat Dennings would be interested in. Saying that, it slowly starts to ware off after a while, and the flick’s not THAT bad. Worth a look, if only for the nice shots of NYC.

Hardware (1990)Dir. Richard Stanely

Trying SO hard to ‘Blade Runner’ is ‘Hardware’. While there are a few nice, campy 80’s style bits, it’s trying to be too different things at once. Low-fi, violent sci-fi and avant garde, thinking sci-fi, and it just doesn’t work. ‘Hardware’ is pretty crass and just not that fun.

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