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  • John Wick

    John Wick 2014

    ★★★ Watched 22 May, 2016

    Yeah, I'd say Wick is entirely justified in going on his roaring rampage of revenge. And I say that as a cat person.

    Imagine Max Payne, being . The sharpness and precision of Reeves' gunshots mean he's essentially doing gun kata in this film's action sequences. Equilibrium likewise involved a cute puppy at a major turning point - and considering how much that movie swiped from The Matrix, it means that in a weird way, things have come full circle.

    I look forward to the John Wick/Jack Reacher/Taken Cinematic Universe.

  • The Last Airbender

    The Last Airbender 2010

    ★★★★★ Watched 01 Apr, 2015 1

    Some years ago, Cartoon Network broadcast a TV show called Avatar: The Legend of the Last Airbender. Even as far as kids' cartoons are concerned, it was remarkably poor: the animation was stiff and cheap-looking; the character, environment and prop designs were lazy appropriations of generic East Asian culture (an influence which the creators always refused to acknowledge); the voice acting was universally cringeworthy; the characterisation and worldbuilding were really inconsistent from episode to episode. Worst of all, for a…

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  • The Dark Knight Rises

    The Dark Knight Rises 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 23 Jul, 2012 5

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

    RIDDLER: Riddle-me-this, Gothamites! What just-released movie about our Batty arch-nemesis has numerous annoying inconsistencies; strains believability irritatingly frequently; is not as good as either The Dark Knight or Batman Begins; is undeniably very flawed... but nevertheless contains some tremendously well-done, spectacular and uplifting individual moments and sequences? My friends and I will attempt to solve this quandary.

    HARLEY QUINN: Ahhh, shaddap, ya big green piece of punctuation! I gotta say, even though there's no-one in this movie that lights up…

  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service

    On Her Majesty's Secret Service 1969

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 22 Jul, 2012 1

    The first time I saw most of the Bond films was when ITV showed all of them over consecutive weeks in 1999, in the run up to the release if The World is Not Enough. However, even though I videotaped OHMSS at that time, it went unwatched for several years. I really regretted that, because when it was finally viewed, it turned out to be one of my favourite of all the 007 movies.

    If there are three things that…