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Avengers: Age of Disengagement

Earlier in the week I went to see Age of Ultron. This was my first trip to the cinema in what feels like eons. I could tell this by the fact the price of entry had gone by nearly £2! Still, we now have Meerkat Movies to replace Orange Wednesdays …

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Valour, Robocops and Red Tails

We have Netflix again due to that time coming around when you need to ring Virgin to stop their prices getting out of control. The usual practice of stiffing the long-term customer while offer new customers get cheaper prices, even after the opening give away has ended. The new deal …

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Godzilla: A Blockbuster from Another Age

I have seen Godzilla. If you want the short answer it’s quite simple: it’s great, but not awesome or the best blockbuster ever. If you’re in it for the big disaster, broadly painted, macro event of monsters duking it out it is brilliantly done and well-paced and looks great throughout. …

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Catching Fire…Caught Fire!

Catching Fire is a difficult book as it is, in many ways, a structural repeat of the first book. This is magnified by the fact that the novels are written in first person so we only get to experience what Katniss directly experiences. If you compound this with the fact …

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Monsters! Mecha! Disappointment

The weird thing about Pacific Rim is I wasn’t expecting some sort of great work of art. I was perfectly willing to accept it all as grand, epic, melodramatic nonsense. Possibly looking gorgeous along the way. I was also expecting it to be panned by the critics. Surprisingly, the film …

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Man of Steel

Man of Steel was always going to be an interesting experience one way or another. The trailers did a grand job of making it look absolutely awesome. The reviews showed that there is nothing as divisive as a Superman film. Ultimately, I enjoyed it, but not in that veritable classic …

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Iron Man 3. The Trailers Are Great?

I often say I like the Iron Man films, but this isn’t strictly true. It’s not that I dislike them, it’s more that I only really like the original Iron Man and the Tony Stark / Iron Man stuff in Avengers Assemble, which is inspired and brilliantly written. I can …

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Disney Star Wars

So, Disney purchased Lucasfilm circa 3-months ago and has started to announce creative consultants, directors and Star Wars film concepts with abandon. Since this blog isn’t visited by thousands, probably not even tens, for the latest news, I sat back and watched the possibilities unfold before I put my thoughts …

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Zero Dark Boring

Zero Dark Thirty, another film were I walk out of the cinema wondering what all the fuss was about after being bored for way too long. If this was a usual occurrence, I’d expect it, but it isn’t. I don’t have a history of rampant ‘rage against the Zeitgeist’, but …

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Slavery, Violence, Politics and Presidents

So, this week I’ve watched two films that have featured slavery as a primary driver of the narrative. The first one was Django Unchained, utilising the evils of slavery to frame a grand spaghetti western of epic and bloody proportions. The second was Lincoln, a painfully detailed ‘biopic’ about the …

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