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  • Fifty Shades of Grey

    Fifty Shades of Grey 2015

    ★½ Watched 22 Feb, 2015

    Fifty Shades of Tame, as it should be labeled, didn't make me enraged like I thought it might. What it did serve to do is remind me that too many people on the planet are as superficial as the characters on screen. How this poorly written piece of soft core erotica becomes one of the biggest financial hits of all time is beyond me. In a fortnight when more obscure films such as The Duke of Burgundy and Love is…

  • John Wick

    John Wick 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 27 Jan, 2015

    I think in my more refined years I am becoming less acquainted with the action genre. Its the fault of the executives and the media malaise that trample on creative production and imagination. Yes, there are some neat 12a blockbusters around these days but nothing with the impact and visceral power that the Asian market are famed for and are still great at..nothing even on the same par as classics like Demolition Man, Face/Off and so many more form that…

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  • Kick-Ass 2

    Kick-Ass 2 2013

    ★★½ Added

    Jeff Wadlow needs his behind kicked thats for sure as his take on a subversive satirical superhero movie is disappointingly weak. Violence without moral consequence and despite some neat set pieces there was too much high school mucking about and not enough Jim Carrey. And not really enough of kick-ass or Hit-girl in action either. tacked on predictable ethics education at the end too.
    The door is left open for a sequel, but a fresh approach is required if Kick-Ass does not want to become what it originally intended to satire and homage.

  • Stoker

    Stoker 2013

    ★★ Added

    Much of Stoker garners a supernatural tone, even dare i say it, a Lynchian feel at times. It is said to have subtexts surrounding adolescence and sexual awakening and although beautifully shot I really didn't 'get it'. It turns into some hokey, misguided homage to film noir type films and murder mysteries with De Palma-esque edges that frankly makes the film a bit of a boring mess come the final narrative twist.
    Despite some interesting symbolism and ideas about how…