A slow start to the year with just seven films seen. I didn’t get chance to see Lincoln but hope to catch it at the weekend so that one will roll over to February.
Gangster Squad: The (very) Loosely based on real events story of gangster Mickey Cohen falls somewhere between L.A. Confidential and Dick Tracy. Not great but better than some reviews would have you think.
Django Unchained: Quentin Tarantino’s Blaxploitation Spaghetti Western set against the backdrop of slavery has no connection to the original Django beyond the title and a Franco Nero cameo. As good as it is I can’t help feeling a shorter tighter version would have been better.
The Last Stand: There is one golden rule when it comes to dumb action films, they have to be fun not funny. This is something Arnold Schwarzenegger seemed to have forgotten in his latter pre governor of California movies, I’m pleased to report he has rediscovered it.
Zero Dark Thirty: Its never easy to tell a story where the audience know the ending but Kathryn Bigelow has done it. To call this story of the hunt for Osama bin Laden tense and gripping would be an understatement.