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  • Birdman

    Birdman 2014

    ★★½ Watched 14 Jan, 2015 2

    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…

  • Mommie Dearest

    Mommie Dearest 1981

    ★★ Watched 14 Mar, 2015

    Strange biopic, in that the events are written entirely from one of the main character's point of view, but not the most famous one. Based on the book by Joan Crawford's adopted daughter Christina, this adaptation presents her view of her mother as a drunken, selfish, self-obsessed, control freak. This results in a one-sided depiction of the famous actress and one that is steeped in resentment and anger. Her experiences and memories are as valid as anyone else's, but a…

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  • The Amazing Spider-Man

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2012

    ★★★ Watched 19 Jan, 2013 2

    This review reportedly contains 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…

  • Kick-Ass

    Kick-Ass 2010

    Watched 19 Jan, 2013

    Trivial and asinine. Shocking, only in its mediocrity.

    What would really be shocking at this point, is to have a film with characters that the audience can care about. Not some flippant and superficial scumbags, prancing around in some nonsense action scenes, interacting with some other equally superficial scumbags. If being a superhero means justifying the instant judgement and execution of people they don't know through moral superiority, then I'll pass.

    Okay we're dealing with comedic action film and comic…