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  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014

    ★★★ Rewatched 04 Sep, 2016

    So after watching Civil War and not really understanding many of the big reveals, I went back and watched Winter Solider and found it better than I remembered. Chris Evans is terrific as Captain America but it's such a shame that the film is devoid of any artistry. Enjoyable enough as a blockbuster but it's so procedural that any trace of wonder has been completely and utterly exhausted.

  • Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War 2016

    ★★ Watched 03 Sep, 2016

    The fondness I have for Captain America has pulled me out of my self-imposed superhero moratorium and, unfortunately, as my friend Rosi noted this is really Avengers 2.5 rather than Captain America 3. Too bad.

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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?