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  • Knight and Day

    Knight and Day

    ★★

    Obviously Knight and Day pitches itself as an homage/comedic retelling of James Bond and the buddy cop era of the 1980s. In fact, it is more in the arena of parody and Austin Powers. But Austin Powers was never this derivative, the action, small by comparison, was never this dull, the CGI wasn't an eyesore like it is here, it never wasted actors like Viola Davis, Paul Dano and Peter Sarsgaard in thankless roles and the script was as tight…

  • 3:10 to Yuma

    3:10 to Yuma

    ★★

    I've been to Yuma, Arizona and it was just as lawless in 2019 as I imagine it was in the late 19th Century. Just kidding. I passed through one afternoon and the heat was stifling, like standing on the sun. A monument to man's arrogance.

    I've seen the original 3:10 to Yuma but don't remember too much from it other than specific shots from the finale. But from what I do remember about it, I prefer the 1957 version over…

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  • Spider-Man

    Spider-Man

    ★★★★

    It's such a shame that Spider-Man has become one giant walking meme because it is a solid superhero adventure from a time when solid superhero adventures still didn't really exist.

    Much like Bryan Singer's X-Men, this film could be blamed for starting the glut of superhero films that we are (un)fortunate to have these days, but it's also a product of its time in the sense that it did a lot of the heavy lifting for the genre in establishing…

  • Thor

    Thor

    ★★★½

    If nothing else, I think the humour of Thor is really underrated amongst the plague that exists in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: quipping. The humour in this, which is helped out a lot by Thor's fish-out-of water predicament, is really subtle and understated. For example, Thor smashing a mug and shouting "ANOTHER!" is hilarious because he knows this to be a sign of respect and gratefulness for sampling the wonders of the universe, but we Earth people don't like noise and outsiders.

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