Mar 302014
 

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Of all the follow-up films possible, seeing Captain America’s development since the Avengers was easily going to be the most interesting. Along with being a man out of his own time, he was the first Avenger and has a closer attachment to the American military. Tactics have changed, methods have developed, and the foe the United States is seeking to fight is completely unlike the Nazi Regime. Thankfully, all of these are emphasised in the plot.
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Feb 222013
 

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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is the second game to have you in control of Raiden, the protagonist from Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, this time without the aid of Snake. Does Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance stand at all as a spinoff or should Raiden never rise?

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Nov 062012
 

After the disappointment which was Quantum of Solace people found themselves asking questions about the Bond series: Would it ever be able to again balance out realism with action, if Daniel Craig was still the right person for the role and if the next film would display more of the eccentric gadgetry? Skyfall is a resounding yes to all and shows how the franchise has decades of life in it yet.
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Sep 242012
 

There seems to be an unfortunate trend when it comes to critics and Liam Neeson these days. Some seem to claim that he’s resting on his laurels. That he’s given up on doing serious films in favour of dumber, explod-ier popcorn films like Battleship and Clash of the Titans as a way of getting an easy paycheck with less effort. Ignoring the vast number of counter-arguments which can be made to this it ought to be pointed out that this isn’t some sudden turn in his career. For every Schindler’s List he’s appeared in a Krull, and while they have more explosions not all of them are necessarily outright dumb or have Neeson putting in less effort. Case and point: Darkman.

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Jun 292012
 

Go and read the book. No really, go find the book, sit down for a few hours and read it. It might as well be a requirement for watching this film to put you in the right mind-set. Most people seem to think the film is an over the top borderline self-parody due to its subject matter and title, but to be honest with you it’s more Cowboys and Aliens than it is Van Helsing.

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May 282012
 

For everything bad which came out of the first episode of the Star Wars prequels it can at least be said that there were two good things we got out of it. Firstly it brought us one of the best light saber battles in the entire saga, thank you Ray Park, and secondly it brought us some genuinely fun tie-in games. Not all of them were great, the less said about Obi-Wan and Obi-Wan’s Adventures the better, but most were actually decently made. Star Wars: Starfighter though? Not as good as people remember.

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Apr 272012
 

 Now, this is how you make a popcorn action film. No attempts at overly serious drama, no illusions as to having some major social message, no delusions on the part of its makers in thinking it’s a masterpiece – Lockout is simply a dumb, enjoyable ride from beginning to end. Everyone involved clearly knew what they were making was insane and created purely for the fun of it when they heard the description: “One man army takes on army of cryogenically frozen psychopaths in a space prison facility to rescue the president’s daughter”.

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