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  • JFK 1991

    Watched 22 Jan, 2015

    It was shockingly bad. One had known the contours of the story going in, but even bracing oneself for a Grassy Knoll enterprise will not prepare one for how sheerly dull and ludicrous is this film. Add to that the two-hundred minutes running time, and it is unbearable.

    I have no idea why it was felt that faux-Southern accents were the necessary accompaniment to every character in this film, but this was one distraction. Bad hair was another. Joseph Pesci's…

  • The Interview 2014

    ★½ Watched 25 Dec, 2014

    After the brouhaha with the North Korean threats and Sony temporarily backing down and suspending release of the film, it felt like a duty to see it. But unfortunately all the problems I have previously identified with Seth Rogen's work remain in place, primary among them: his films just aren't that funny—a fairly epic fail in a comedy film.

    The premise of this film is quite simple. David Skylark (James Franco) is a famous host, interviewing "celebrities" and other mediocrities…

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  • Avatar 2009

    ★★ Watched 16 Jun, 2013 3

    It is simply impossible to see what the fuss was about. Was it the visuals perhaps—surely surpassed now by Life of Pi (reviewed here)? It can't be the acting—I like Sam Worthington and Sigourney Weaver as much as anybody, but reality is still reality. My impression is that the supposed wondrousness of the thing was political: this is a film that presents a vision of what idiots believe the Iraq War was about—and indeed what people now commonly take to…

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 16 Apr, 2014 4

    It is quite simply brilliant. Trying to explain why without giving anything away is tricky but here goes ...

    It is perhaps to be expected in 2014 that visually a film will pass muster but the manner of the passing here is quite exceptional. Better still, there is none of the pretentiousness about it that occasioned Avatar (reviewed here) or—much worse—Life of Pi (see here).

    The acting is sensational. It is impossible to overpraise Andrew Garfield. As someone who actually…