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  • Creed

    Creed 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 24 Nov, 2015

    Not spectacular, but still a more-than-worthy addition to the Rocky canon. It feels strange to say, but Stallone was actually a pleasant surprise in this due to his willingness to step back from the spotlight while remaining the true heart and soul of the film. His performance is stellar.

  • Avatar

    Avatar 2009

    ★★★★ Watched 22 Nov, 2015

    In keeping with the rest of James Cameron's repertoire, Avatar is neither smart nor dumb; original nor completely derivative. It is entertaining, preying effectively on an audience's primal instincts and thirst for wonder.

    Cameron, for all his technological savvy, remains a more classical storyteller even when he is not breaking new ground story-wise or technically.

    I didn't expect to like Avatar, but I found it to be an old-fashioned romantic adventure wrapped in shiny new technology, making it appealing on both a narrative and visual level. I've never been bored by a James Cameron film, and I don't suspect I ever will be.

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  • The Adventures of Tintin

    The Adventures of Tintin 2011

    ★★★★ Rewatched 28 Dec, 2012 15

    Pure fun on every level. The Adventures of Tintin provides Spielberg the opportunity to showcase endless creativity, and you can tell he enjoys himself in doing so. The cast is superb, and the visuals are monumental. The staging of the action is finessed and immersive.

    This isn't a weighty film, with deep or important musings on life. But neither can it be defined as silly or childish. It's a rare piece of cinema that takes you on a fast-paced, intriguing,…

  • The Fall

    The Fall 2006

    ★★★★ Watched 01 May, 2012 4

    Brilliant and moving third act. For the first two, I cared far more about the real-life happenings than the often silly (and at times bizarre) fairy tale backdrop, but the third act combined them powerfully.

    One of the most sincere child performances I have ever seen. The interactions between Alexandria and Roy felt real; the way they played off each other was genuine.

    I found the violence to be unnecessarily gratuitous at times, and the fairy tale sequences went from…