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Review Double Bill: The Amazing Spider-Man and 7 Days in Havana

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Two Yorkshire Times reviews for the price of one! Sadly, I can’t really recommend either of these two films. Click the links to find out why!

The Amazing Spider-Man is watchable, but largely pointless

New anthology film 7 Days in Havana is a disappointment, free mojito or not

Review: Men In Black III

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Here’s my review of Men In Black III. The reviews for this have been incredibly split, with people either praising it to the skies or decrying it as a complete mess, so I’m interested to see how it will hold up to repeat viewings. The more I think about it the more obvious it is that the script was nowhere near ready, and the big script and story problems will probably become more apparent if I were to watch it again.

Generally I realise it’s a real problem that so many films (especially sequels) are rushed into production with an unfinished script, and Men In Black III bears all the hallmarks of being one of those films. However, I stand by what I said here: it’s not too bad. Maybe I’m just one of those poor saps who still kind of likes Will Smith’s schtick no matter how many times he does it (and how inappropriately old he gets).

Incidentally, the Nostalgia Chick is running a Will Smith month right now to celebrate this film’s release, and she kicked things off with a very interesting look at the first two Men In Black films. Worth a look!

Review: Dark Shadows

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I found Dark Shadows to be a real mess, unfortunately. Tim Burton just doesn’t have any real idea of how to tell a good story these days, and even a master screenwriter would have struggled to make all of these different plot threads work.

Apparently there was a lot cut out of this film to force it into the standard two-hour slot studios prefer. A quote from screenwriter Seth Graham Smith implies that the original cut was approaching three hours long! If that’s the case I’d be very interested to see the extended version of this if and when it hits Blu-ray. Perhaps those missing scenes would have given us the character depth and context this film so desperately needed, and a director’s cut might turn this into a genuinely good film.

To read my full review on The Yorkshire Times, just click below:

Review: The Avengers

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Left to right: Black Widow, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye, Iron Man, and the Hulk

My review of The Avengers is now available to read at the Yorkshire Times. Enjoy!

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Bradford Film Festival blog for the Yorkshire Times

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These past few weeks I’ve been doing a fair bit of stuff for the Yorkshire Times online newspaper, working as a media correspondent to try and get my name out there as much as possible. This started off with a simple couple of reviews, but they recently asked me to do something far more ambitious: cover the entire Bradford International Film Festival, see as many films as possible, and blog about my thoughts along the way. More

Review: Draw Something

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My review for the obscenely popular touchscreen game Draw Something is now available at The Yorkshire Times. Read it by clicking the logo below:

Guest Post: Ten Things I Don’t Hate About RomComs

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Hi everyone, Dave here. I’ve been away in Turkey for the past week so I haven’t really had time to work on this blog, but my friend Dan has kindly offered me a guest blog, about the romantic comedies that have managed to touch his cold, stone heart. I didn’t really expect to be doing guest posts so soon but Dan assures me he’s happy for me to put it up here. Take it away… Dan! More

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