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  • Chariots of Fire 1981

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Aug, 2014

    It always amazes me when as film has been referenced and parodied ad nauseum in pop-culture, and yet the original article remains effective. That's what we have here, and I'm glad to have finally seen it.

  • Around the World in Eighty Days 1956

    ★★½ Watched 25 Aug, 2014

    Entirely too much travelogue. This film could have been a full hour shorter if they weren't so desperate to make it a big widescreen spectacle. A 15 minute bullfight here, 5 minutes staring out a train window there... It really adds up, and it hurts the film.

    It has a very 1950s attitude towards the various races encountered on the journey, and that makes some of it feels pretty gross these days.

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  • Transformers: Age of Extinction 2014

    ★★ Watched 25 Jun, 2014

    Look, it's exactly as good as the last one was. What that means depends on who you are.

    For my part, while it's one of the biggest special effects spectaculars of the year, it's still an hour too long, and filled with humour that doesn't work and action you can't see.

    It's almost incredible how little replacing the lead characters changed the movie. Wahlberg is supposed to be the hero, but he's repetitive and annoying about his daughter the whole…

  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 01 Aug, 2014

    Marvel desperately needed to do something new with this franchise, and a James Gunn space comedy with a living tree and a talking raccoon is certainly that.

    The humour carries this one. It doesn't all hit, but enough of it does. The movie suffers when it's trying to be serious. All of the powerful purple space people just drag the movie down. This movie is basically Marvel's proof of concept for the future of this Avengers thing, and while this…