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  • 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…

  • Jupiter Ascending

    Jupiter Ascending 2015

    ★★★ Watched 17 Feb, 2015

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

    A complete and utter mess of a film.

    ... And yet, also a somehow likable one.

    I'll begin with the one thing above all else for which I admire the Wachowskis' work: their handling of action. The Matrix's blend of US/HK/Japanese action elements was a trendsetter, fluid and always clear what was going on, with slow-motion and impossible camera moves used in a way that was - for once - appropriate to the story and setting. Speed Racer still looks…

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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…