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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. Though 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…

  • 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…