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  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 13 Aug, 2014

    Marvel have been getting a little formulaic recently with their films about one white guy being born a loser and changing themselves into something better and stronger. While some elements remain (the one bad guy who gets beaten in a final boss battle that could mean destruction for the planet below) this is mostly throwing out the rulebook. The characters are under no illusions that they ahve everything sorted, or that they are in fact heroes. These guys are geeks.…

  • Changeling 2008

    ★★★ Watched 01 Sep, 2014

    I'm not sure why there was such a high level of excitement about this film, as having seen it I can only describe it as ok. The cast are acceptable, the story interesting but not gripping and the pacing a little too slow. Because there is an air of mystery as to who you can trust, everything remains distant and you can't connect with any of the characters. The ideas discussed are engaging to an outsider, but one day later all is forgotten.

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  • Sucker Punch 2011

    ★★★★ Watched 26 Aug, 2012

    Not perfect, but a lot better than I expected. The fight scenes are a bit like music videos, but this is fine, as the ideas and main characters are the drive here and not the action. It's not quite inception, but the film covers about as many themes and ideas as Snyder's watchmen, which is impressive for his first non-adaptation.

  • The Wolverine 2013

    ★★½ Watched 01 Jan, 2014

    While being better than X-men origins, I still would struggle to call this good. The story is weak, supporting cast are almost all 1 dimensional and the ending is both disappointing and unclear. Hugh Jackman was good, as ever, and the action scenes, particularly the bullet train sequence are fun to watch. It is doing something new with the character, which I appreciate, but I would have liked it to be better next time.