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  • Wuthering Heights

    Wuthering Heights 2011

    ★★★ Watched 15 Sep, 2016

    Stylistically and conceptually perfect first half brilliantly invokes an alienated and lovelorn adolescence.

    Unfortunately, that style does not suit the elder Cathy and Heathcliff very well and works against the story of grown adults facing their present situations when confronted with their past.

  • Frailty

    Frailty 2001

    ★★½ Watched 19 Sep, 2016

    Suffers from the same problems that real cases of religious insanity might, chiefly: why does the all-powerful God need you to do his bidding? Still, if you can forgive that kind of thing and the silly twisteroos, it's well directed and not too bad overall.

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  • Birdman

    Birdman 2014

    ★★½ Watched 14 Jan, 2015 4

    If we are to take some of the character's feelings as representing the filmmaker's view, there were some attitudes that came through this film that I couldn't go along with. Although as a satire it avoids overtly stating anything and so invokes the shield of plausible deniability.

    They are as follows:

    - Theatre is better and more worthy than film.
    I find the theatre to be a great workshop for actors but the results have never impressed me as much…

  • The Amazing Spider-Man

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2012

    ★★★ Watched 19 Jan, 2013 2

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I'm not so concerned about reboots, remakes or sequels as they don't take away from other versions, but could potentially add a new spin on a good story. So with that in mind, I watched 'The Amazing Spider-Man' and had a good time. Most of the time.

    The early school scenes had a lightness of touch in the dialogue and performances that was charming, but the contrivances of the story were pretty tough to take. The Lizard and Spider-Man made…