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Friday, July 18, 2014 - 13:53 by Bren

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is not your average Summer Blockbuster.  Sure, it’s got explosions, monkeys on horseback dual wielding machine guns, and a very simple plotline; but it also has so much more than that.  It has beautiful character moments that would usually hit the cutting room floor, a better standard of acting in the motion caption performances than you’ll see in many blockbusters, and a reflection on the dangers of institutionalised fear, hatred and mistrust.

The film is set ten years on from the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes and humanity has been all but wiped out by the Simian Flu. Caesar is now head of a growing nation of apes and has built a home for his community in the Muir Woods outside San Francisco.  We see...

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 13:59 by David

It's Dragon time again. 

It's 5 years on and we're introduced to new and improved village of Berk, upgraded to be a dragon paradise complete with all the facilities any fiery, flying pet could want. The Viking teens from the first movie are now young adults and it looks like we've been spared the details of the teen angst that would ordinarily occur. Which begs the question of how exactly would a Viking teen rebel? Take up the harp? Start bathing regularly and wearing pinstripe suits?

Except...

There is one person in this happy picture that's not entirely comfortable with this scaly idyll. Yes, you're way ahead of me here, Hiccup, son of Stoick the Clan Chief and best buddy with the coolest of all of the flyers, Toothless the Night-Fury. 

Whilst...

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Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 21:05 by Bren

X-Men: Days of Future Past

I’ve been waiting for this adaptation for a while, and there was always a risk that getting so excited for a film could lead to crushing disappointment.  Hell, it wouldn’t be the first time that I’ve been looking forward to a film only to have it leave me feeling empty and broken hearted.. Prometheus, I’m looking squarely at you.  Fortunately, Days of Future past does not disappoint.  Any worries that this adaptation of a favourite story might get it all wrong are very quickly put to rest.  It grabs you from the start, knows exactly how to balance action and character building, and tells one hell of a story.

We start in a bleak future where mutants are rounded up and executed en masse by the...

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Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 17:49 by Bren

It’s that time of year again folks, Summer Blockbuster season.  Traditionally tied to Memorial Day weekend at the end of May in the US, it has been creeping earlier in May for a while now.

One could argue that it started back in March this year with the release of Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier.  For the sake of those films coming out over the next few months though, it’s probably best if we keep Cap 2 separate; you know, to give these guys a fighting chance.

We’re going to kick off the season with a double bill of reviews.  Here goes...

GODZILLA

First up is Godzilla, I’ll let you make your own “Monster” puns here, and it’s a pretty good way to kick off the season.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 12:50 by Ferg

Helen and I finally got an afternoon / evening together and figured, what the Hell, it's time to hit that precarious reboot slot called Robocop.

Now, for the record, I did like the original - I've always like Paul Verhoven's style, his portrayal of the media, his overzealous gore and, ultimately, the viciousness of his characters.  The Robocop of old, starring Peter Weller, had all of that in abundance and, in my opinion, conveyed the points better than the likes of Starship Troopers.  There's still no replacement for the scene in the original whereby a smouldering, half dead villain, grotesquely mauled by the chemicals that have recently consumed him, staggers out in to the alley ways around the abandoned factory and is turned in to salsa as a car simply goes through...

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Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 23:09 by Spindles

After the almost pitch perfect performances of the preceding movies of Marvel's phase two, surely it's about time for a mis-step? Given that Captain America: The First Avenger was, in my humble opinion, one of the weaker phase one movies. I must admit that I went in to this movie prepared to be severely disappointed. However, I am pleased to report that this was very much not the case.

Given the frenetic pace of the action in the opening sequence, my first impression was that it was going to be a two hour all-out slugfest of a film which, while looking fabulous, would ultimately end up unsatisfying in terms of plot and character development. Imagine my surprise then as the pace of the film suddenly flips to addressing themes such as post traumatic stress, political intrigue...

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Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 23:15 by Spindles

Okay... Before you all hunt me down through my IP address and stab me, please know that I thoroughly enjoyed this film. I also love pretty much everything that Pegg/Frost/Wright have ever even sneezed on. So, please don't take the things I'm about to say as meaning that I think they are shit/should die/will never watch anything from them again. Because that is just not the case.

That being said, I humbly present my thoughts on The World's End:

I enjoyed it. There... I got that out of the way. Being who I am, I came out feeling that I really knew where the film was coming from, that they were making a valid point about getting older and that we don't have as much impact on people's lives as we would like to think. Until I thought about it a bit more... Then some bits...

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