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  • Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai

    Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai 2011

    ★★ Watched 14 Aug, 2016

    3 stars as an acceptable if unexciting remake of a classic film I'm already not quite in love with.

    It loses another whole star for the sheer idiocy of the presentation. The light-loss associated with 3D and 3D glasses was well established by this point, so what on Earth was Miike thinking, making a 3D film set almost entirely in underlit interiors?

  • Jason Bourne

    Jason Bourne 2016

    ★★ Watched 28 Jul, 2016

    90 minutes of Matt Damon walking angrily while people type, bookended by two unwatchable car chases.

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  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 01 Oct, 2014

    One of the year's very best movies.

    David Fincher never gives me exactly what I'm expecting. Here, I wasn't even close. I'm told that while the plot sticks close to the book, the utterly bizarre sense of humour is new for the movie.

    It's a tone that turns an insane plot into something truly special. Fincher knew how crazy this story was, and by the time it gets where it's going, it felt like the plot itself was part of…

  • Transformers: Age of Extinction

    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…