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  • Misery

    Misery 1990

    ★★★½ Rewatched 16 Jul, 2016

    After reading the book, the film feels a little rushed and a touch heavy on exposition. Certainly the chapters dedicated to the Misery novels within a novel were not missed, as the book covers on show here tell you all you need to know about them. The relationship between Annie and Paul may have benefited from a longer runtime or a serialised adaptation in two or three parts, as so much of the deception and self-deception involved could feel more…

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 28 Mar, 2016

    The critical and public reaction to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been so diverse, vocal and oddly personal, that I found it almost impossible to interpret the carnival of opinion in any meaningful way.

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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…