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  • Birdman

    Birdman 2014

    ★★★ Watched 27 Aug, 2016

    The title could just as well be 'What We Talk Abour When Ae Talk About Recognition'. Everyone wants to be recognised and there is certainly the seed of a story in there with universal resonance. Unfortunately, the film focuses almost myopically on the protagonist's desires and in so doing closes itself off from a broader audience. Good performances, interesting cinematography and clever ambiguity aren't enough to save it.

  • Rurouni Kenshin

    Rurouni Kenshin 2012

    ★★★★ Rewatched 12 Aug, 2016

    Knowing more about the period than I did the last time, the story engaged me more and I had a better appreciation for the motivation of the characters. Definitely works better than either of the two sequels.

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  • GoldenEye

    GoldenEye 1995

    ★★★ Rewatched 08 Feb, 2015

    The older I get and the more times I see this, the less I like it. Perhaps it was never as good as I first thought and it was merely the sheen of seeing my first Bond on the big screen. Or maybe in the shadow of the Craig Bond movies, you can see what they were going for but also how far they were for achieving it.

    There are still some brilliant set pieces. The opening mission is as…

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 13 Jun, 2016

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

    I finished the film feeling... complicated. I was gripped throughout and loved all of the performances. But I was nagged constantly by the question of what responsibility, if any, a movie has to the societal context in which it is made? In a society where women who are the victims of domestic violence face an incredible struggle does a movie, or any creative work, have a duty to keep this in mind when telling a story where the 'victim' turns out to be a psychopath?