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  • Locke 2014

    ★★½ Watched 03 Sep, 2014

    Locke bothers me. It has a central idea thrown into a tight space and then trys to extract as much detail from that concept as possible. It is the sort of notion that you have to buy into from the start or you may find yourself picking away at it. Despite Tom Hardy's finest effort and some original touches within the way it is shot, Locke comes across as too experimental to really fit into the category of a real…

  • Transcendence 2014

    ★½ Watched 01 Sep, 2014

    So Johnny Depp finally shakes loose of his fancy dress attire and comedy accents to play a more orthodox character only for his now human side to be taken over by a computer. We were all fooled for a moment. The dilemmas with Transcendence begin to manifest right from the opening frame. It begins with a hackneyed narrative device that manages to simultaneously reveal how the film is going to finish while also dampening your expectations for what the next…

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  • 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 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…