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X-Men: Days of Future Past

Posted by D Brooks Photo82 on July 3, 2014 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Review by Oliver R. Fitzsimmons

'X-Men: Days of Future Past' is a 2014 superhero sci-fi film; adapted from the 1981 Uncanny X-Men storyline "Days of Future Past" by Chris Claremont and John Byrne. Directed by Bryan Singer, it is the seventh film in the X-Men film series and the third X-Men film directed by Singer after 2000's 'X-Men' and 2003's 'X2'.


It is difficult to prop...

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'Epic' Review

Posted by Ollons on July 11, 2013 at 5:25 AM Comments comments (0)

By Oliver R. Fitzsimmons

'Epic' (stylised as 'epic') is a 2013 computer animated epic (ha!) fantasy-adventure comedy film. I do not like the grandiose title, but I suppose the children's book by William Joyce, on which the film is loosely based, has a rather awkward title The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs. So, while the title...

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'Pacific Rim' Review

Posted by Ollons on July 11, 2013 at 5:15 AM Comments comments (0)

By Oliver R. Fitzsimmons

'Pacific Rim' is a 2013 apocalyptic sci-fi mecha monster movie directed by Guillermo del Toro. The largest and most intentional basis of the film is on Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos, such as a dimensional rift at the bottom of the ocean, as well as the monsters sent via it. If you don't know what that is... go and read a damn book!

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Doctor Who, Series 7, Episode 13

Posted by Ollons on May 19, 2013 at 4:00 AM Comments comments (0)

 

Now so much a review as a subjective opinion piece of a TV episode for a change. Also more esoteric. With more spoilers.

 

The Name of the Doctor


 

I have very mixed feelings about this episode.

 

It began with a flash forward, with narration by companion Clara, as she talks about being "the Impossible Girl." I'...

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'Flight' Review

Posted by Ollons on February 4, 2013 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)


'Flight' is a 2012 American drama film, which is eerily organic, i.e. seems to be, for lack of a better word, "real." While the plane crash and subsequent survival of the majority of its occupants are shown as miraculous, everything else is essentially slice-of-life.

The cast provide excellently natural performances, which help sustain the film's realism. Denzel Washi...

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'Django Unchained' Review

Posted by Ollons on January 24, 2013 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (0)


'Django Unchained' is a 2012 (released in Australia, Europe + UK in 2013) epic western ("spaghetti western") film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It is a quintessential Tarantino production. Tarantino is a highly polarising figure because one either loves him, or hates him, and there is rarely any opinion in between. Even traits within a single movie can cau...

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'Les Miserables (2012)' Review

Posted by Ollons on January 5, 2013 at 3:45 AM Comments comments (0)


WARNING: Following may contain spoilers, and errors.

'Les Misérables' is a 2012 British musical drama film, and is based upon the musical of the same name by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, which in turn was based on the namesake 1862 novel by Victor Hugo. I haven't read the book, nor seen the original musical, therefore I am not certain...

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'Killing Them Softly' Review

Posted by Ollons on October 19, 2012 at 1:20 AM Comments comments (0)

'Killing Them Softly' is a 2012 crime film; it is Tarantino-esque, albeit not as strong as his best. Dialogue is filled with profanity and frequently vulgar, and is quite anecdotal to reveal character backgrounds rather than being expository, just like a Tarantino film; however, as just stated, not quite as great.

Brad Pitt is not a great actor, but he is alright and looks good; he appears su...

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'Looper' Review

Posted by Ollons on October 19, 2012 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (0)

'LOOPER' is a 2012 science fiction crime thriller film; this odd premise and mixture of genres is presented in a manner which makes a brilliant movie. While there is, quite frankly, nothing at all original about anything present in the film, the various cherry picked and/or mimicked tropes are pieced together excellently. Set primarily in Kansas City of 2042, the specialised assassins dubbed "Loopers" undertake...

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'Total Recall (2012)'

Posted by Ollons on August 24, 2012 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (0)


'Total Recall' (2012) is the "re-adaptation" of Philip K. Dick's short story 'We Can Remember It For You Wholesale', which had already been loosely adapted for film in the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger movie also called 'Total Recall'. While the latter was undoubtedly stupid and silly, it had an undeniable charm and quirkiness which made it enjoyable. The "re-adaptation" ha...

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