Author Archives: Batesy

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

Following a quick recap of where the last film left off,  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens with the camera locked on simian-leader Caesar’s (Andy Serkis) intense eyes as he leads a hunt in a rain-soaked forest. This … Continue reading

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Finally Done Right: Godzilla (2014)

Serious-minded, restrained and often breathtaking, director Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla is deliberately and firmly planted in the less-is-more camp and I relished not only this approach but the film as well. In an era of movies that race to the finish … Continue reading

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Too Much and Not Enough: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Marc Webb’s frenetic The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens with a forced hysteria; following a short prologue involving Peter Parker’s father, Spider-man (Andrew Garfield looking more and more like 60’s era Anthony Perkins) chases down a truck full of plutonium through … Continue reading

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46 years old and still scaring: Rosemary’s Baby

(FYI,this is full of spoilers) I started watching Roman Polanski’s brilliant 1968 adaptation of Ira Levin’s novel the other night on a whim. I have seen the film many times and my intent was to just watch the first 20 … Continue reading

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12 Years a Slave (2013)

Any time a film tackles history, especially history’s darkest corners, there is a temptation to paint in big strokes, to overstate and to preach. The most miraculous thing about “12 Years a Slave” is that it derives most of it’s … Continue reading

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Her (2013)

When Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) tells his coworker that he is dating his operating system, no look of shock or judgement is given. Theodore doesn’t really seem all that embarrassed in his proclamation either. Similarly, Theodore tells one of his … Continue reading

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American Hustle (2013)

There is a scene in David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” where Jennifer Lawrence’s character is making small talk with her husband’s friends about her top coat nail polish. She explains her obsession; it is both super-sweet smelling but that just … Continue reading

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