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  • A Swingin' Summer

    A Swingin' Summer

    ★★½

    Week #24 in my 2019 Cult Movie Challenge - Beach Party Week

    Viewed on Amazon


    Aka The Warm Night

    A bunch of teenagers (many who look old enough to be their own parents) end up taking over a lakeside dance pavilion and promoting their own gigs.

    With it's music from contemporary bands, macho posturing, and plenty of girls in bikinis and pointy bras I suppose this was a major gas for kids at the time - but it simply doesn't…

  • Dark Phoenix

    Dark Phoenix

    ★★★

    This was much better than I had been led to believe, although admittedly it will hardly be remembered as a classic Superhero movie. Instead it's a mid-tier FoX-Men film.

    Although I would've preferred some further exploration of the cosmic/alien angle, I thought this did a good job of narrowing the focus to the core group of characters and bringing this truncated timeline of First Class/DoFP/Apocalypse to a close.

    The action was all pretty good and I liked the double finale.…

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  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    ★★★★★

    So far the Phase 2 films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) have both been sequels; 'Iron Man 3' was more of the same but with a fun Shane Black twist; 'Thor: The Dark World' took an unexpected but slightly muddled Sci-Fi route. However, the second solo Cap film was a completely different genre from his entertaining WW2 origin and a completely different tone from the other films. Marvel tend to go for the more humorous approach but this was…

  • Iron Man 3

    Iron Man 3

    ★★★★½

    aka Iron Man Three

    My first viewing of Marvel Cinematic Universe films are at midnight cinema showings after avoiding all advertising material so there's a lot to take in and follow. The first time I saw this I enjoyed it but the plot seemed a bit all over the place – especially with certain twists that occur. However, it holds up really well on a second viewing with a well paced interesting story and solid action. The themes are great…