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  • Real Steel

    Real Steel

    ★★½

    Good CGI. Bad dialogue. Horrible characterization. Terrible ethics. Unfortunate gender politics. 

    I saw Goldie and the Boxer on TV when I was quite young and as I recall, this film follows a similar plot. A young child takes responsibility for a failed boxer and Manages them to the championship using both pluck and determination. In both films the boxer inexplicably is magically better than all other boxers in the world but only when the child really really hopes they'll win…

  • Watchmen

    Watchmen

    ★★★★

    A great adaptation of a great graphic novel. Not slavish to the original text, but where it differs I think the changes are well-considered.

    Like any good comic book story, there are moral dilemmas left and right, but unusually this story allows the darker choice to be fairly represented and even presented as the preferred option. The ends justify the means. Controversial and boldly stated. This is more interesting and intelligent fare than the usual showy superhero blockbusters. 

    It's aged very well too, considering the technical advances since it was made. 

    Recommended.

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  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

    The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

    Terry Gilliam always makes shit movies.

    He made this movie.

    It's shit.

  • Highlander

    Highlander

    ★★★★

    The immortal Connor MacLeod (Luke Skywalker) begins life as a normal chap in 16th century Scotland, but is cast out of his village under suspicion of devilry when he miraculously recovers from an obviously fatal battle wound.

    Sean Connery stars as Ramiraz (Ben Kenobe), and trains the young highlander (Jedi) in the art of swordplay and use of The Quickening (The Force).

    A tall warrior in black with a breathing problem (caused by an injury sustained in battle with Ramiraz),…