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  • The Hunt 2012

    Watched 15 Oct, 2014

    There aren't a lot of films I turn off halfway through.

    There's very little to fault with the film-making, but I just can't deal with a film where the message is "be careful when you believe what children say, because look how you could destroy the life of someone who really matters".

    This film gets no stars, because I honestly don't think we need it.

  • Saving General Yang 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Oct, 2014

    I love how, where Western cinema has THE LORD OF THE RINGS, Chinese cinema basically has historical epics.

    If you enjoy medieval Chinese warfare, siege engines, and filial piety, give this a crack. It even has a perfect Chinese version of Orlando Bloom.

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  • The Avengers 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Apr, 2012 4

    Joss Whedon and Tony Stark were meant to be together. Joss Whedon and Thor, not so much. The man needs to learn to kill some darlings: I know you like your witty one-liners, Joss, but having a team of six superheroes all channelling Xander Harris in the middle of cataclysmic battle sequences just isn't appropriate. Still, an immensely entertaining film. See it in 2D.

  • The Lifeguard 2013

    Watched 27 Aug, 2014

    Any and all vague, knee-jerk goodwill I had towards this film on account of its having Kristen Bell *and* Martin Starr was pretty much burned up when, in one scene, Bell's character stops a couple of cops from harassing some "minors", and then, in more or less the very next scene, starts fucking one of them.

    If you're a fan of Kristen Bell crying, I'm sure there's a feature on the DVD where at any point you can just push…