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Avengers: Endgame (2019) Film Review

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This is where it all comes to a head. If you’ve loved the films in this series of Marvel movies, this is a really fabulous end. If you haven’t got into them, could give or take, probs don’t bother. Certainly don’t watch this unless you’ve seen Avengers: Infinity War because you’ll have no idea what’s going on. I loved it – I remember dreading the three hour running time, thinking that this seems excessive for some superhero flick – but there was just so much to cover, and it really needed all that time. It’s well cheesy, hugely sentimental, and corny as, and I loved it all. And cried a lot. Like, A LOT. So good.

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Captain Marvel (2019) Film Review

Way to confuse me, Marvel. Chuck in a film set in a past Marvel Universe to make me wonder what the hell is going on. I knew there were a couple of people who… almost spoiler alert… aren’t around no more.  I loved that so much… characters who I thought had gone who I loved and got to see again without just re-watching one of the old films. But we get Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) who apparently used to always be a male but is now a female. I’m sure there were plenty of folks who had an issue with it, but I loved her, I thought she was ace as. So much fun.

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Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) Film Review

There seems to be a strange new creature in the world of Ant-Man – this kind of vibrating ghost person. Meanwhile, Dr Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) thinks that he may has left his wife Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer) in a mysterious realm, and he’s working with his daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly) to try to get back there to find it. Then there are some bad guys, and the FBI and stuff happening. And Ant-Man (Paul Rudd).

Ah, not much of a description but really what this film was all about for me was the humour, the action fun times and that’s about it. And if you stay for the secret Marvel bit, make sure you’ve seen Avenger’s Infinity War first and prepare to have your heart broken a little.

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Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Film Review

If you haven’t heard the spoilers for the end of this film, I’m not going to be the one to tell you. I’ll just leave it at wow. Thanos (Josh Brolin) the bad guy is back and wants to do bad stuff. And everyone is there to stop him. The usual Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the lesser-known Avengers. So many superheroes. And I just kind of lost focus. Who was doing what? Have you guys met before? Why do you not like her or him, and should I care that you are doing whatever you’re doing?

I’m sure heaps of people loved this film. I just lost interest… back off, one story at a time. (Although given that I have this personal gripe that if there are that many super-powerful folks, why don’t they all just drop everything when one of them is having a massive battle? Where were you all when Wakanda was threatened, or Asgard or, um, the Dr Strange world? So, when they do actually all come together and it doesn’t really work for me, perhaps I should acknowledge that and keep that in mind next time I watch a film with only one or two superheroes… probs will just keep complaining, though).

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Tickets (2005) Film Review

Three stories by three directors all based on trains on the same day. An older man returning home dreams of a relationship with a beautiful colleague; a horrible woman is accompanied by a young man who is not her son, but it is for a long time unclear who he is in relation to her; and a trio of Scottish soccer fans encounter a family of refugees after a ticket goes missing.

I wanted to like this film. I feel like it’s an ‘important’ film. Each of the directors (Abbas Kiarostami, Ken Loach and Ermanno Olmi) are significant directors. But to me, each story felt underwritten and weak, and while I concede that they make statements about human nature… I just didn’t care. To me, it felt like the type of film I may have pretended to love back at uni to impress a lecturer.

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True Lies (1994) Film Review

Harry Tasker (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a super spy, travelling the globe, shooting the bad guys and getting the intel – until he gets home to his bored wife, Helen (Jamie Lee Curtis) and wayward daughter, Dana (Eliza Dushku). But when he discovers a sleaze ball (Bill Paxton) preying on Helen, he decides to teach the guy a lesson, and accidentally drags his family into his secret life.

I was obsessed with this film when it came out. Funny, great action, Jamie Lee Curtis being fabulous, just generally awesome. And watching it back, it’s still great. This will always be a favourite of mine. And I totally forgot about Bill Paxton in it – oh, he’s great!

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Van Diemen’s Land (2009) Film Review

In 1822, a group of convicts escape captivity and try to battle Tasmania’s wilderness for freedom. Things go badly.

It’s based on a true story, and I loved the gothic feel of this. The darkness and cold and terror of the men. But I felt that some parts just got skipped over – I missed a few deaths and disappearances, and found that I had to keep rewinding (I was watching on DVD) to figure out what happened. I don’t think it was my concentration, but perhaps it was because it was so hopeless and dark and slow. Regardless, it’s one of those films that I really liked, although I’m not sure that liked is quite the right word. I appreciated.

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