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  • Transformers: Age of Extinction

    Transformers: Age of Extinction 2014

    ★★½ Watched 15 Mar, 2015 2

    Imagine watching all 4 live-action Transformers movies in a marathon, back to back. How unbelievably mind-numbing and downright fatiguing would that be?

    Good franchises are supposed to build on what's gone before, develop existing characters and reward returning viewers with familiar faces, plot continuation and the ability to skip all of that origin story nonsense and jump straight into things. Just look at the Alien, Back to the Future, The Godfather, Lord of the Rings, hell, even The Matrix franchises.…

  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 23 Dec, 2014

    (Includes Smaug spoilers but not too much detail)

    Can Peter Jackson overcome the “like butter scraped over too much bread?” memes (i.imgur.com/vnKz6BM.jpg) and the frequent criticism levelled at his Hobbit trilogy? Does the film deliver a satisfying conclusion to the story of The Hobbit and integrate nicely with the beginning of his original trilogy? Well, as with the majority of other popular reviews, it’s both yes and no.

    The positives? After SO much criticism and so many mixed reviews, I…

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  • Dredd

    Dredd 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 14 Jan, 2013 6

    Ouch. A $50million budget and only $13million in box office returns. Even the Sly Stallone starring Judge Dredd returned $34million at the box office (back in '95), and we all know how bad that was. So what's the deal? How can a consistently highly rated movie do so poorly? Namely because of idiots like me.

    When I first saw the images of Dredd online and in movie magazines it really didn't appeal at all. Urban looked like either his head…

  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

    The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford 2007

    ★★★★★ Watched 05 Jan, 2014 2

    One hell of a movie.

    Don't watch this expecting tonnes of action and shoot outs at high noon, it's not that sort of western. This is a character study filled with fine actors putting in career finest performances, gorgeous cinematography and an engaging and involving story.

    Deakins is on cinematography duty here and the film looks absolutely phenomenal as a result. The interior shots are beautifully lit, the costume design, the blood, sweat and grit are all perfectly captured, but…