Kick-Ass 2 // Film Review

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“You know what, screw this… my superpower is that I’m rich!”

No… This wasn’t right… It can’t possibly be… It was supposed to be… Brilliant! Wasn’t it? Kick-Ass 2 was one of the films this year I was so pumped for – a film I’ve wanted to happen since the original and when I finally got my wish and went to see it… I end up feeling like I’ve just eaten a mouthful of sand. Don’t get me wrong, it was by no means the worst film ever made but sadly, Kick-Ass 2, is a huge let down.

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The Lone Ranger // Film Review

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“Okay… this is worse!”

It’s been a couple of weeks now since I saw Disney’s latest attempt to create a successful blockbuster franchise to replace the Pirates of the Caribbean’s slowly dimming light. I had enjoyed the trailers seen for The Lone Ranger but went in expecting to see another John Carter (which isn’t entirely bad in my opinion as my only real issue with it was the extremely tiring length)… I was pleasantly surprised however and was treated to a really solid and kooky Disney romp!

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Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa // Film Review

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“Have you got another Siege to go to?”

The last few years we have had a summer film outing of all sorts of British TV comedy icons. The Inbetweeners made a rather successful (even if it didn’t match the actual series) splash at the box office, and it was only last year we got the Nation’s pride and joy Keith Lemon get to take to the big screen in a sophisticated and wondrous fairytale comedy of rags to riches… wait… hang on? Let’s forget about Lemon shall we? So… the year is 2013… And this is the year that the Partridge takes flight into the silver screen. As you can imagine Steve Coogan delivers 100% in the titular role of Alan Partridge as he was clearly born to be bound to the spirit of the Norfolk simpleton and no matter what film or television role he takes on you look into his eyes and Alan stares back at you. It goes without saying, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa was textbook Alan.

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Only God Forgives // Film Review

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“You can’t round killing cops anymore”

From the very moment I read about Nicolas Wingding Refn’s latest film, Only God Forgives, receiving very mixed reviews at Cannes I have been relishing the chance to get to develop my own opinion, especially after loving Drive so much I couldn’t see how this could go wrong… This oddball however, turned out to be a mostly unwatchable cinematic experiment fronted by a rather glum-looking Ryan Gosling.

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The Conjuring // Film Review

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“We prefer to be known simply as Ed and Lorraine Warren”

Going into The Conjuring was a bit of an off-the-cuff decision, but one that really paid off. I’d seen the trailer for the creepy (what I thought was doll-based) movie a couple of times before other films but had never really had a real urge like I have with other horrors this year to go and see it. This decision paid off big-time and was quite possibly one of my favourite films, and certainly the best horror (I have seen) this year. A thrill ride from start to finish full with genuine frights and mystery to delight all film-goers.

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The Wolverine // Film Review

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“That’s not who I am anymore”

So, you’re Fox… it’s 2009, and you’ve just released the critically panned X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a film that was built up to be sharp enough to rip through flesh and helicopter blades and even nuclear reactor smokestack walls but ultimately was destined to leave you feeling incredibly disappointingly dull… What next for Logan, the Adamantium staple in the X-Men series? Well, when the inventively named The Wolverine was announced amidst this now very confusing film adaptation universe that can’t seem to decide upon a direction to take its future (because, of course, if it fails to release a new instalment under the name the rights will revert back to Marvel/Disney – and with a cash cow like this they can’t afford that) and that flirts with the idea of reboots and solo spin-offs, I did indeed have high hopes by hearing positives early on like how we would see Logan travel to Japan (just like in the comics!) – I was convinced this was the right move at the right time. It should have been anyway… But it wasn’t.

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The World’s End // Film Review

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“Raaaaaaaaaaaaaymondo!”

The World’s End has been on my “I cannot wait for this film to come out it’s going to be so fucking awesome” list for something like 6 years now… basically since Hot Fuzz was released and the world got their second taste of how awesome a team Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg really are. This, the final instalment of the ‘Cornetto Trilogy’ it has to be said… Broke my heart. No! It wasn’t sad, it didn’t get me in the emotions, it broke my heart because Wright and Pegg had the opportunity to make one of the best trilogies around and they failed their swan-song. I’m sorry, but The World’s End wasn’t on the same playing field as Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz which in their own rights are possibly two of the funniest films of the last 20 years. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying it is a bad film, on the contrary it is a bloody brilliant celebration of the trilogy as well as good old British humour, it unfortunately just fell short in the brilliance department.

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