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  • American Sniper 2014

    ★★★ Watched 17 Jan, 2015

    War! What is it good for? A record breaking $105 million January opening weekend, that’s what. And a debate that rages on over whether director Clint Eastwood and screenwriter Jason Hall’s American Sniper is a Republican polemic of “God, America, Country“; or a “Coming Home“-redux, surprisingly according to one-time “Hanoi-Jane” Fonda. When the truth becomes legend, it seems Eastwood favours “Cut. Print. Legend.”

    There have been many excellent reviews and think pieces addressing both the quality of the film-making itself,…

  • Foxcatcher 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 10 Jan, 2015

    Foxcatcher - at times it veered into Behind The Candelabra territory, with neither Channing Tatum's Mark Schultz nor Steve Carrell's Du Pont actually coming out. A stalker psyche out. As good as Carrell is in Foxcatcher, Tatum matched him in broiling, sulking hooded resentment. A strangely gripping, troubling film with an undercurrent of thwarted purpose, sibling rivalry and search for direction, all delivered in quiet jealousies, serving to highlight the gulf between priviliged entitlement and virtual penury in the US - a modern American fable.

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  • The Avengers 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 27 Apr, 2012

    Awesomely entertaining, well paced, great character beats, action and humour - a big, brawling brilliant comic book movie that feels like the real deal. Super heroes don't have to go full "dark" to be taken seriously. It was a joy to watch from beginning to end. I'm struggling to pick holes in it. It felt like the first time I saw Superman The Movie at the cinema, it's that great an experience.

  • Star Wars Begins 2011

    ★★★★★ Added

    www.culturedeluxe.com/2011/05/star-wars-begins-the-fanumentary-strikes-back/ Back in April 2011 or so, I interviewed the creator of this filmumentary, Jamie Benning. Here is the link to that interview, with updated embedded home for the complete Star Wars Begins on his Filmumentary site. Spread the word about this, and Raiding The Lost Ark!