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  • Creed

    Creed 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 23 Jan, 2016

    Creed is not perfect cinema (what is?) but it is perfect mainstream, conventional cinema. Creed may well take its foundations from the original Rocky (not as bothersome if you are not a huge fan of that series like myself) but it blends fresh ideas and a style of filming by director Ryan Coogler to become a real crowd-pleaser in the less obtuse sense. It has quality acting, conflict, a splash of comedy and a script that doesn't over complicate anything…

  • The Revenant

    The Revenant 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 17 Jan, 2016

    The Revenant at times is absolutely stunning.
    A wide shot of two snowy gigantic mountains with an icy terrain in the foreground...somewhere in the middle of the shot is Leo's character Hugh Glass..as the camera pans in ever closer we realise the enormity of his task.
    A scene involving Hyenas attacking a herd of buffalo is awe inspiring and frightening.
    If Lubezki doesn't win the Oscar for Best Cinematography Il eat some raw bison liver too.
    This is a tale…

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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…