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  • The Babysitter

    The Babysitter

    ★★½

    Sometimes films eat other films.

    The 'Burbs, Home Alone, Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

    There are a lot more film references and it becomes tiresome.

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★

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

    Nostalgia for the original film is present here and harms the film. It is sublimated into a "messiah" story, where the most pressing objective in a dystopian future is discovering the identity of a child born to an android. I don't feel that the characters should have been so concerned with this, but it was the writers using the audience's interest in Rachael, Deckard and the "is he/isn't he?" question.

    Niander Wallace had no reason to use such nefarious means.…

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  • Birdman

    Birdman

    ★★½

    If we are to take some of the character's feelings as representing the filmmaker's view, there were some attitudes that came through this film that I couldn't go along with. Although as a satire it avoids overtly stating anything and so invokes the shield of plausible deniability.

    They are as follows:

    - Theatre is better and more worthy than film.
    I find the theatre to be a great workshop for actors but the results have never impressed me as much…

  • The Amazing Spider-Man

    The Amazing Spider-Man

    ★★★

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

    I'm not so concerned about reboots, remakes or sequels as they don't take away from other versions, but could potentially add a new spin on a good story. So with that in mind, I watched 'The Amazing Spider-Man' and had a good time. Most of the time.

    The early school scenes had a lightness of touch in the dialogue and performances that was charming, but the contrivances of the story were pretty tough to take. The Lizard and Spider-Man made…