Category Archives: General Reviews

Film reviews on things I have been watching (old and new)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

This is spoiler free but there are some very general things mentioned so if you want a completely empty slate then go see it first. At some point in the process of taking on the enormous expectations of the movie-going … Continue reading

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Miller’s Masterpiece / Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

I think the thing that most amazed me while watching Fury Road last night was how much it restored my faith in movies in general and specifically of this type. As much as I enjoy the Marvel movies, to give … Continue reading

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Birdman (2014)

First things first: It is great to see Michael Keaton in a major role in a major film. I was looking over his filmography the other day and was surprised at how few films he has been in since the late … Continue reading

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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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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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