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  • The Sword of Doom

    The Sword of Doom 1966

    ★★★★★ Watched 08 Feb, 2016

    Bloody. Hell.

    Quite literally.

  • My Darling Clementine

    My Darling Clementine 1946

    ★★★★★ Watched 07 Feb, 2016

    I hesitated to give this the full five stars for a couple of reasons:
    In terms of what's going on I think I prefer Stagecoach, and Victor Mature's acting style hasn't aged as well as Fonda or Wayne's.

    But my god, it's so well shot.

    Ford uses every single frame to develop the story or deepen the characters, taking 103 minutes to do what would no doubt be around 3 hours these days. Masterful stuff.

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  • Man of Steel

    Man of Steel 2013

    ★★ Watched 14 Jun, 2013 1

    With MAN OF STEEL Zack Snyder confirms that he's a stylistic magpie whose guiding principle appears to be 'what's the coolest looking thing to do?' at any given moment. He has a poor grasp of storytelling, no sense of drama & is tone deaf with regards to actors' performances. The Superman-as-first-contact story is a good idea, but poorly executed. Structurally similar to Batman Begins it lacks the narrative momentum that carried that movie along. Goyer's dialogue is exposition heavy, witless & tin-eared. A good cast is wasted and despite a great many whizzes & bangs very little of interest actually happens.

  • Spotlight

    Spotlight 2015

    ★★ Watched 03 Feb, 2016 3

    An important story that deserves to be told well. Not this plodding assemblage of investigative journalism clichés.