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  • Mulan

    Mulan

    ★★★

    I have a vague memory of watching Pocahontas almost 10 years ago and was unimpressed, mainly as they were so reverential towards the indigenous people that they had no character or humour. I assumed it might be a similar case here - but actually it was good fun.

    The suprisingly narrowly focused story skips along very quickly, helped along with no less than three animal sidekicks!

    I'm intrigued to see what they did with the straight-to-video sequel and the live-action remake.

  • All the Colors of the Dark

    All the Colors of the Dark

    ★★★½

    Week #15 in my 2021 Cult Movie Challenge - Giallo Week

    Week #15 in my History of Horror 2021 - Spain Week

    Viewed on Amazon


    Aka Day of the Maniac, They're Coming to Get You!, Demons of the Dead, Strange Vice of Mrs. Ward No.2

    The enchanting Edwige Fenech plays a woman haunted by deadly dreams and violent visions - which may or may not be bleeding into her daily life...

    I'm not always a fan of Giallo films but this was pretty good, with the concept adding an unexpected trippy angle to the usual Thriller/Mystery/Horror elements.

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  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    ★★★★★

    So far the Phase 2 films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) have both been sequels; 'Iron Man 3' was more of the same but with a fun Shane Black twist; 'Thor: The Dark World' took an unexpected but slightly muddled Sci-Fi route. However, the second solo Cap film was a completely different genre from his entertaining WW2 origin and a completely different tone from the other films. Marvel tend to go for the more humorous approach but this was…

  • Iron Man 3

    Iron Man 3

    ★★★★½

    aka Iron Man Three

    My first viewing of Marvel Cinematic Universe films are at midnight cinema showings after avoiding all advertising material so there's a lot to take in and follow. The first time I saw this I enjoyed it but the plot seemed a bit all over the place – especially with certain twists that occur. However, it holds up really well on a second viewing with a well paced interesting story and solid action. The themes are great…