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Archive for the month “June, 2012”

3-Score Reviews: Band Of Brothers

An incredibly moving retelling of World War II through the eyes of Easy Company. The journey from training to the invasion of Germany is very well paced and complimented by a haunting soundtrack. Damien Lewis’ performance is flawless, as is most of the cast’s. The series helps you to understand that you can never truly appreciate what they went though.

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3-Score Reviews: Tron-Legacy

A fun outing into the world Disney had made famous. Some references are lost on me having not watched the previous, plus there’s a lack of the extension of computer metaphors at which point the world feels more like a setting than an actual plot device. Although the story is good enough to keep you occupied. Clue’s face is jarring.

**

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3-Score Reviews: Moneyball

Your typical inspirational baseball film about the underdog, except instead of being about a particular player or the team itself, it is about the think box behind the team. This is an accessible mix between sports and statistics, neither of which you need to be clued up on to enjoy the true essence of the film. I recommend a watch.

**

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3-Score Reviews: The King’s Speech

This film boasts great actors who bring great performances. The story itself isn’t particularly interesting though, and no amount of great acting can really fix this. The film does however have a good character development and is notably inspirational. Yet the slow pacing and uninteresting twists drag it down. But it’s a good watch. The title spoils the ending though.

**

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Forging An Avengers Video Game

The Avengers was an incredible, incredible film! Every part of it was spot on. The action, the acting, the characters, their relationships and portrayal, all of it was perfect. A film that could have gone disastrously wrong instead went better than could have ever been expected. Naturally, the first thing that came to mind was “this would make an awesome video game!” I’ve spent some time contemplating what ingredients would be needed to make a game with the same lasting impression as the blockbuster film. Imagine my excitement when a teaser trailer was unveiled for an Avengers game at E3! Batman had already shown the game industry how a super hero game should be made, hopefully they had heeded those lessons for this latest title!

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3-Score Reviews: The Grey

The film manages to build an anticipation and anxiety to begin with, but the film soon becomes very predictable. However, its predictability is well executed. If you know what the film is about, you can imagine how it plays out. Suspension of expectation, however, makes this quite enjoyable. Don’t watch the trailer; it includes the final scene of the film.

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3-Score Reviews: Thor

Unmistakably a fantasy adventure film. I didn’t expect to enjoy this as much as I did. The mythical Asgard and its lore never feels tacky and the story of Thor is very absorbing. Earth and Natalie Portman’s character provides essential empathy to counter the fantastical portrayal of the Norse Gods. However, the key antagonist seems to come out of nowhere.

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3-Score Reviews: Limitless

This is an enjoyable film based on an interesting concept that works as a cool plot device. The film requires little thought on the audience’s part, but the story is engaging all the same. The transition between the vibrant colour filter and the bleaker one to illustrate change of state is used to good effect, avoiding repetitive pill taking scenes.

**

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3-Score Reviews: Book Of Eli

Denzel Washington does a very good job in this film. He is a man of few words and at no point does his mysterious character feel superficial. There is an impressive realization of a post-apocalyptic world. Although the audience need only be concerned with one question, this is enough to carry you through the film. The action is well paced.

**

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3-Score Reviews: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

This film was overly subtle for me. While it is good to make the audience read between the lines, the occasional clarification would have been appreciated. Time spent wondering what Gary Oldman’s look implied causes you to fall behind on deciphering other looks and important quips which ultimately leads to losing your attention. Olivia Wilde sadly doesn’t make an appearance.

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