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  • The Experiment 2001

    ★★★ Watched 11 Jan, 2015

    Very well photographed. Story lost touch with plausibility though, unfortunately, as the guards almost all became too wicked, too fast, without enough provocation from inmates or experimenters. Could have explored the psychology of charismatic leadership that leads people astray but the leader here was particularly uncharismatic.

  • Maps to the Stars 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 29 Jun, 2014

    I really liked Maps to the Stars when I saw it in mid-2014, and I'm trying to fathom what has been putting so many people off since it's wider release. A lot of the negative reviews seem to focus on Cronenberg personally and hold up Cosmopolis as some kind of relation to this film. The personal nature of some the reviews and the over importance placed on the status of Robert Pattinson in the world of adolescents is a bit…

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  • 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 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…