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  • The Punisher 2004

    ★★★★ Rewatched 24 Aug, 2014

    There are few good revenge movies. This is one of the better non-Korean ones in a long time. It's also very brutal for a comic book movie, the opening massacre is fairly harrowing. It really gives Frank Castle motivation. Sure, there are silly moments, like him getting his ass kicked to 'La donna è mobile', but other moments make up for it.

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 30 Sep, 2014

    I had my doubts, but this movie is on the level of the first, just maybe in slightly different ways. It takes some shortcuts, is a bit hokier than the first, but I have to respect how they handled the ending, which fans of the comic book knew was coming.

    For me, it was immensely powerful.

    I'm almost glad I missed it in cinemas, because instant whining sobs in public would have gotten me some looks. Acting was so-so, but action, choreography, design and effects were great. Speaking as a big Spider-Man fan, I really liked it.

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  • The World's End 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 20 Sep, 2014 1

    Just awestruck at this film. I had no idea how they would top Hot Fuzz, but they did. Truly surprised me. Their trademark attention to detail is maintained, I loved the characters and their arcs, acting was fantastic. If I had one complaint it would be that it follows a very similar progression to Hot Fuzz, but I was honestly too entertained to care.

  • Red State 2011

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Aug, 2012

    First of all, I would encourage people curious about the movie to watch it as it's very difficult to review without mildly spoiling some unexpected bits.

    Red State is extremely confrontational and somewhat disquieting. Some will say it changes focus and is unsure what kind of movie it wants to be, but I appreciated the unexpected turns and it kept me on my toes. Michael Parks delivered a minblowing performance, and I can't honestly say any other actors brought it…