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  • Superior Firepower: Making 'Aliens'

    Superior Firepower: Making 'Aliens'

    ★★★½

    Very much a visual technical manual that’s a must-watch for anyone with an interest in movie magic, as it were. I must also say, it’s a revelation to see those on-set video clips that highlight the cheap and cheerful nature of the production; what a difference film stock and proper lighting can make.

  • Lu Over the Wall

    Lu Over the Wall

    ★★★

    While the west has The Shape of Water, Japan gives us Lu Over the Wall: a charming, hyperactive human-bonds-with-mermaid fantasy that trips over itself to rush through its story like a flash flood, when a little more time to breathe and flesh out its themes might have imbued more depth.

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  • Deadpool

    Deadpool

    ★★★

    I think there's been some misreading of Deadpool among local film critics, who appear to have watched it through the lens of 'oh not another comic-book movie' and allowed that to colour their take on its very deliberate schtick. I can't even say I blame them, as such, because Deadpool is the very definition of a movie squarely aimed at fans, even more so than, say, The Force Awakens and its fan pandering at the expense of a better story,…

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron

    ★★

    The embargo's finally lifted so I can share with you all my surprising take on the second Avengers flick: it's shite.

    Now calm down, I will be fair; there are some improvements on the first one, which I hated with a burning passion. The awful 'witty' dialogue has been toned down for the most part. The treatment of the characters is more sympathetic to their solo adventures, if not canon. The Hulk, written backwards from one of those oh-so-witty lines…