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  • Ender's Game 2013

    ★★★ Watched 19 Apr, 2014

    I started Ender's Game with low expectations. I read the books many years ago, and thoroughly enjoyed them, and I'd heard that the film wasn't great. I guess I feel the same way about it now.

    Somehow there's an awkward balance between child and adult fare. Some of the characters, especially Dap, are comic; the schoolyard politics are simplistic; the subject matter is violence and war.

    Inevitably there isn't enough time dedicated to the part of the book I wanted…

  • The LEGO Movie 2014

    ★★★ Watched 19 Apr, 2014

    I watched The LEGO Movie in the charming Waiheke Community Cinema with my kids and about 20 others. What a mad house! The film that is. It is so clever it just can't stop being clever 24/7. I found it exhausting keeping up with the constant stream of jokes, references, and cleverness. The film does not let up. Ever.

    My favourite part is indeed where I enjoyed the clever the most; when the characters are building together and talking about…

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  • Casting Couch 2013

    ½ Watched 22 Mar, 2014

    Too awful to make it more than 20 minutes. To be honest it's too awful to make it more than 5 minutes, but I'm a bit slow. THIS IS NOT A JOKE. It's BAD. Skip it. We've done you a favour. If you want to find out how big a favour, you try to watch this film. There, are you happy? NO. OF COURSE YOU'RE NOT. I told you, don't do it. 0.5 stars is an offence to other perfectly good 0.5 star films.

  • Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol 2011

    ★★½ Watched 17 Dec, 2011 6

    What did I learn from Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol? Let me see. There are a lot of BMWs in Dubai and Mumbai (coincidence?) and they have safety features you can trust, and cool start controls, and cool wheels and cool grill-lights, what? I haven't seen such gross product placement in a while. Oh yeah, and iPhones. iPhones are cool, iPads are cool, apparently USB cables are cool; but iPhones in rubberised cases? I guess they might knock them around…