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Her

Spoiler Warning! This review contains spoilers for 2013 Spike Jonze movie Her. Last year I wrote a few thousand words about the trailer for the Spike Jonze film Her. I have finally got around to watching the movie proper, and … Continue reading

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Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy was surrounded by so much fan hype none of us could possibly have had reasonable expectations for it. Over the last few months a steady stream of teasers, reveals and info dumps have kept us giddy … Continue reading

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Stop Reviewing Bad Movies

Michael Bay’s Tr4nsformers came out few weeks ago and judging by the box office numbers, every man woman and child in the country has seen it at least once already. This includes me unfortunately. Sometimes you’re out with friends, and … Continue reading

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X-Men: Days of Future Past

Spoiler Warning: this review contains massive, weapons-grade spoilers. Days of Future Past works as an X-Men movie but as far as super-hero films go, we have seen much better. In fact, we have already seen a much better mutant related … Continue reading

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Marvel seems to have figured out the superhero movie formula. Ever since The Hulk (which was was a bit of s stinker) every single-hero movie has been a gradual improvement over the previous one. I think part of the success … Continue reading

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Personhood and Artificial Intelligence (Her – 2013 movie trailer)

The big movie release this month is of course going to be The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Everyone is excited for it, and so am I, albeit cautiously knowing full well that these new films can never be what … Continue reading

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Pacific Rim

When I first saw a trailer for the Pacific Rim I thought it was a terrible idea. The haphazardly shot teaser depicted giant robots, punching amorphous monster things using Michael-Bay style rapid-fire cuts and dynamic camera angles that worked so … Continue reading

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Thor: The Dark World

If you remember my review of the original Thor movie, you might recall that I was slightly underwhelmed by it. One of the main weaknesses I pointed out in that review was that the film makers were still very much … Continue reading

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Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3 is the first of the post-Avenger era Marvel movie. Joss Whedon’s epic super hero romp is a tough act to follow, both in terms of quality and box office success (which are not the same thing mind … Continue reading

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Looper

The trailers for Looper looked quite amazing but unfortunately I missed it when it was in theaters. I was pretty excited to finally see it, though the lack of Looper themed memes on the internet concerned me a bit. You … Continue reading

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Safety not Guaranteed

A small town newspaper publishes a strange add in it’s classifieds section. It is one of those odd-ball ads that usually end up on reddit where they are proved to be internet jokes, or just silly pranks made by the … Continue reading

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

So, how did you guys like The Hobbit? I found it a little bit underwhelming. Then again, I’m not sure what could have been done differently to improve it… This story and this movie… They are what they are, and … Continue reading

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Dark Knight Rises

I didn’t see Dark Knight Rises in the theater when it first came out. The timing wasn’t right and the logistics just weren’t right. Now I’m actually kinda glad, because the whole thing was rather disappointing. And I’m saying this … Continue reading

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Avengers

I have been waiting for this movie since 2009. Actually, scratch that – since 2007 and it was worth it. I don’t have to tell you that Marvel’s grand experiment in bringing the comic book shared continuity concept to the … Continue reading

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Chronicle

Over the last few years the phrase “found footage” became synonymous with “not very good at all” – especially in Hollywood. While there are some amateur projects framed around this paradigm that are surprisingly decent, big budget productions using it … Continue reading

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Hunger Games

Hunger Games is the third great Young Adult book series phenomenon that has made it into big leagues with a big budget movie adaptation. Arriving at the tail of Harry Potter and Twilight it seems to posses the most balanced … Continue reading

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In Time

Old age is a fatal disease. It spares no one, and over the ages we have learned to accept it as inevitability. We have grown to expect, and even praise it as something good – something beneficial. But for all … Continue reading

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Season of the Witch

Season of the Witch… How on earth do I review this… Let me try to put it in perspective, but that requires a little bit of setup. I make no secret that I play pen and paper RPG’s from time … Continue reading

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Mr. Nobody

Remember my long rant about mindless entertainment? Here is a movie that is anything but that. It is the exact opposite. It is smart, poignant, reflective and heady. It is the kind of movie that Hollywood execs would loathe to … Continue reading

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Choosing a good title for your movie is relatively important. An interesting, catchy or cool sounding title can draw attention and really help to market the final product. When you are dealing with a reboot of a long franchise this … Continue reading

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Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America is the last big shared continuity Marvel movie before the big Avengers event of 2012. It is Marvel’s last chance to wow the audience and make them interested in the bigger project, and to get the critics to … Continue reading

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Transformers vs Fifth Element: Rant about Mindless Entertainment

I have not seen the new Transformers movie because I really don’t think Michael Bay should get my money. I really don’t want to encourage him to make more movies so I’m voting with my wallet and staying away from … Continue reading

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X-Men: First Class

After being scarred for life by watching X-Men Origins: Wolverine I have decided, I was done with X-Men films. Apparently, I was not the only one since. The Hugh Jackman’s solo performance was so bad that it managed to almost … Continue reading

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The Fountain

Back in 2006 Darren Aronofsky released a science fiction movie called The Fountain. It starred Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz, it had rather intriguing plot and it went absolutely nowhere. Most people haven’t seen it, or forgot that it existed. … Continue reading

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3D Movies

I think I made fun of the recent 3D movie trend in the past, but I never really devoted an entire post to it. I think it’s time, especially since Thor was the first movie I saw in 3D since … Continue reading

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