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A Week In Film #573: Summer lovin’

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Thor
I fairly enjoyed this, Ken Branagh’s MCU entry and a perfectly competent introduction to the whole Frost Giants vs Asgard thing, with Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins and Rene Russo all well-cast.

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Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation
Watched at Butlin’s during an evening silent cinema event whilst sandwiched between an amusement arcade and fast food stalls, and as screaming over-sugared toddlers run riot everywhere, is probably not the best way to catch any movie. However, I’d hazard a guess in this case it didn’t really detract very much. Absolutely forgettable.

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Our Godfather
Documentary about Tommaso Buscetta, the first major Mafia boss to become a prosecution witness against the Cosa Nostra, leading to 400+ convictions, and the effect it had on his young family, with whom he relocated to America. Rather glides over the early years, and obfuscates exactly how he got started, but interesting nonetheless. Directed by Mark Franchetti and Andrew Meier.

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Avengement
Not great, but aspirational in its scope and execution from modern day British grind house auteur Jesse V Johnson and martial artist Scott Adkins, with the latter as a gangster’s younger brother inadvertently caught up in shenanigans and then banged up until all the niceness is knocked out of him. A solid cast – Leo Gregory, Nick Moran, Kierston Strange, Craig Fairbrass, Thomas Turgoose – helps keep energy levels up, and there’s impressively staged fight scenes. Script, plot and ultimately the pacing all could have done with a lot more hands and eyes to tighten things up, but enjoyable when set against similarly positioned genre contemporaries like Turbo Terry and Phillips/Tanter.

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Jurassic Park
Those CGI beasties have held up pretty darn well!

A Week In Film #317: Hacking

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Jurassic Park
Still pretty fun, even though the CGI is a bit shonky.

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Underground: The Julian Assange Story
Excellent ‘early years’ biopic, concentrating on Assange’s formative years as a teen on the Melbourne hacker scene. Alex Williams seems to capture the turmoil of JA, Rachel Griffiths is excellent as his mother, and Anthony LaPaglia as the initially technophobic cop on his trail. More than competently written and directed by Robert Connolly, partly inspired by Suelette Dreyfus’ book Underground: Tales of Hacking, Madness and Obsession on the Electronic Frontier.

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In The Realm Of The Hackers
Fascinating 2003 documentary about a group of Australian hackers based in Melbourne in 80s/90s Melbourne, partly inspired by Suelette Dreyfus’ book Underground: Tales of Hacking, Madness and Obsession on the Electronic Frontier. Directed by Kevin Anderson.