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Guardians of The Galaxy – Film Review

Introducing a new superhero team from Marvel Guardians of The Galaxy serves as the tenth instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Directed by James Gunn, the film is set light years from Earth, and follows ‘Star-Lord’ Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) who, 26 years after being abducted from Earth, finds himself the prime target of a manhunt after discovering an orb wanted by the powerful villain Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace). Unexpectedly finding himself part of a team of disparate misfits including Rocket (Bradley Cooper), a gun-toting raccoon, Groot (Vin Diesel), a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora (Zoe Saldana), and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Quill must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals when he discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the entire cosmos.

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Snowpiercer – Film Review

Based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette, Snowpiercer is an epic sci-fi that serves as Korean director Bong Joon Ho‘s English language debut. Set in a dystopian future world, the film follows the final survivors of Earth who have boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine, after a failed global-warming experiment killed off all life on the planet. But for the few that remain, life only gets more difficult as a class system is enforced on the Snowpiercer’s passengers. When cryptic messages make their way to the back section of the train – into the hands of Curtis (Chris Evans), Edgar (Jamie Bell), Gilliam (John Hurt), Tanya (Octavia Spencer), and Andrew (Ewen Bremner) – the less fortunate of the survivors are incited to revolt, thrusting the train full-throttle towards disaster, as those at the front of the train – Wilford (Ed Harris) and Mason (Tilda Swinton) – must do their utmost to maintain control.

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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes – Film Review

Directed by Matt Reeves and sequel to the 2011 film Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which began 20th Century Fox’s reboot of the original Planet of the Apes series, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is the eighth theatrical film in the franchise. In the wake of a disaster that changed the world, the film follows a growing nation of genetically evolved apes, led by Caesar (Andy Serkis), who are threatened by a band of humans – including Malcolm (Jason Clarke), Dreyfus (Gary Oldman), Alexander (Kodi Smit-McPhee), and Ellie (Keri Russell) – the few survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. But their fragile peace proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

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Letterboxd Reviews: July 2014

My Letterboxd account documents what films I am watching, usually films for the first time but occasionally a film I haven’t logged before. Here’s a summary of the films I have watched this month, including a rating and short review for each.

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11 Word Reviews: July 2014

As a regular contributor to 11 Word Review, this is a monthly post to archive all of the 11 word reviews of films that I have submitted throughout this month.

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Begin Again – Film Review

Directed by John Carney, Begin Again follows the encounter of a disgraced music-business executive, Dan (Mark Ruffalo), and a young singer-songwriter, Gretta (Keira Knightley). When Gretta and her long-term boyfriend and song-writing partner, Dave (Adam Levine), break up after recently moving to New York when Dave lands a major label deals, lovelorn Gretta is left to face the city on her own. But her world takes a turn for the better when Dan stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent.

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The Fault In Our Stars – Book vs. Film Review

(Written for Rife)

“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”


The New York Times’ No.1 Best Seller The Fault In Our Stars is the fifth novel by author John Green. Originally published in 2012, the story follows sixteen-year-old cancer patient Hazel who, forced by her parents to attend a cancer support group, meets and subsequently falls in love with the witty seventeen-year-old Augustus Waters, an ex-basketball player and amputee. Recently adapted by director Josh Boone and scribes Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, the film adaptation explores the highs and lows of being in love, but more importantly the extravagant highs and frequented lows of being in love and having cancer. With Shailene Woodley playing Hazel and Ansel Elgort playing Gus, The Fault In Our Stars is one of the most bitter-sweet romances of 2014.

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