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Garth Franklin

Garth Franklin
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
81% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) It stands out more than some of the more routine films of the MCU, but whereas the first can still fairly fight it out in the top few, this is decidedly more middle of the road.‐ Dark Horizons
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
83% Midnight Special (2016) Engrossing small scale but big idea filmmaking.‐ Dark Horizons
Read More | Posted May 12, 2016
28% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) An ambitious mess, an exhilarating chaos of visual flare and strong drive that's also in desperate need of direction, objectivity, restraint and coherence.‐ Dark Horizons
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2016
92% The Martian (2015) Much like its protagonist, The Martian is a film that's captivating, inventive, resourceful and widely appealing.‐ Dark Horizons
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2015
No Score Yet Drown (2015) Francis has got an interesting eye and goal in mind here, it's just the material needed more refinement and stronger structural beats for it to reach its admirably lofty ambitions.‐ Dark Horizons
Read More | Posted May 27, 2015
75% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) Though advertised as a darker and more brooding follow-up, the real surprise of Ultron is how much in line with the first film's tone and structural beats this is.‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Apr 30, 2015
29% Get Hard (2015) Instead of carefully and smartly constructing the material on offer, they take the decidedly more amateur approach here of throwing up every gag they can think of on the wall. ‐ Dark Horizons
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2015
79% The Raid 2 (2014) It's not a perfect film, but damn its close.‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Apr 9, 2014
79% Iron Man 3 (2013) The real enjoyment here comes when Shane Black's sensibilities take over during the middle hour.‐ Dark Horizons
Posted May 12, 2013
3/5 86% Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) Handsomely directed, often beautiful, full of impressive action, what it is in desperate search of is a good story - something it never finds.‐ Dark Horizons
Posted May 12, 2013
64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) Repetitive and pointless action scenes fill out an already bloated runtime, but not to the level of indulgence that we saw on 'King Kong'.‐ Dark Horizons
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2012
62% Jack Reacher (2012) An efficient mesh of a 1990s John Grisham-esque thriller procedural with a 1970s vigilante movie. A confident and well-paced crowd pleaser.‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Dec 21, 2012
93% Skyfall (2012) Aptly demonstrates you can have a blockbuster of thematic depth and emotional significance that is still loads of fun.‐ Dark Horizons
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2012
28% Bel Ami (2012) The film is far too concerned with its 'costume' and not nearly enough with its 'drama'.‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Jul 6, 2012
72% The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) Perfectly serviceable in its own right, but frustratingly never reaches beyond the adequate.‐ Dark Horizons
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2012
34% Battleship (2012) This so-called tribute to the Navy is about as welcome as a post-shore leave shipwide outbreak of the clap.‐ Dark Horizons
Posted May 15, 2012
92% Marvel's The Avengers (2012) There may be weightier, deeper or richer films this year - but there probably won't be any that are as much fun.‐ Dark Horizons
Read More | Posted May 5, 2012
94% Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (2011) Proves that there's still a lot to be said for formulaic action when it's handled with such aplomb. The best in the series thus far.‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Dec 8, 2011
81% Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) Some ambitious and clever stuff going on here gets cut down by some awkward choices, economic limitations, and a mostly wasted group of human actors.‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Aug 7, 2011
35% Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) The result is still like being urinated upon, but at least this time Michael Bay was considerate enough not to ingest asparagus first‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Jun 29, 2011
5/10 82% Super 8 (2011) Ultimately comes apart in its attempts to fuse an earnest and sweet coming-of-age tale with a far less effective sci-fi/horror creature feature‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Jun 9, 2011
86% X-Men: First Class (2011) Smartly scripted, smoothly directed and well-acted. Not just the best film in the series, but the best adaptation of a Marvel comic title yet‐ Dark Horizons
Posted May 30, 2011
77% Thor (2011) The trickiest of the Avengers line-up to translate to the screen, 'Thor' deserves a lot of praise for getting right something that could have gone wrong so easily.‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Apr 22, 2011
90% Hunger (2009) Not just the toughest film of the year but amongst the toughest ever made.‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Apr 5, 2011
85% Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) (2008) While the production design, creatures and many visuals benefit greatly from del Toro's unabashed imagination being allowed to run free, the script is even more enslaved to the mechanically cobbled together conventions of everyday Summer blockbusters.‐ Dark Horizons
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2011
94% Gone Baby Gone (2007) A truly stellar directorial debut by Ben Affleck.‐ Dark Horizons
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2011
87% Rango (2011) A welcome change from formula as it travels on tangents that vary from the crazed to the surreal‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Mar 15, 2011
68% Black Death (2011) A tedious road trip movie early on turns into a more interesting battle of wills in the second half. Worth a viewing.‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Mar 15, 2011
49% Vanishing On 7th Street (2011) It's a stylish thriller that falls apart under any serious scrutiny, the lack of explanation equally frustrating and compelling at the same time‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Feb 20, 2011
56% Unknown (2011) The action beats, when they hit, are fine but in the end this is only a serviceable thriller that's easily forgettable.‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Feb 20, 2011
4% In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2006) It's not bad enough to warrant burning copies of, rather it'll sit on the back of video store shelves for the rest of its time and that's where it should stay.‐ Dark Horizons
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2010
88% Let Me In (2010) A solid work that may be a needless retread, but one that is respectful and smartly done.‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Oct 2, 2010
64% Predators (2010) The return of some much needed intensity, excitement and darkness to this game of hunter vs. prey‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Jul 11, 2010
98% The French Connection (1971) A true Hollywood classic.‐ Dark Horizons
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2010
46% Constantine (2005) An enjoyable revelation.‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Jul 7, 2010
81% Hellboy (2004) Inventive but derivative, well performed yet slightly hokey, visually lush yet over-stylised.‐ Dark Horizons
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2010
75% Crash (2004) There is a welcome desire and introspection here that tries to make us as an audience think about the various causes and reasons for racism aside from the easily fall back positions of intolerance and bigotry.‐ Dark Horizons
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2010
10% Elektra (2005) Some comic properties should just be left on the page.‐ Dark Horizons
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2010
93% Superman (1978) Arguably still the most solid 'origin' and emotion-churning superhero story on the big screen.‐ Dark Horizons
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2010
44% Daredevil (2003) Justice may be blind, but the only enjoyment to be had out of this is to be blind drunk.‐ Dark Horizons
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2010
86% X2: X-Men United (2003) This has set the standard very high for this Summer and it will be interesting to see what, if any films, can match its calibre.‐ Dark Horizons
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2010
87% Far From Heaven (2003) One of the most beautiful looking and surprising films of the year.‐ Dark Horizons
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2010
57% Blade II (2002) ather than a by the numbers sequel, Director Guillermo Del Toro has changed the tone by not only significantly increasing the amount of action & fighting, but adding a little bit of humour into the mix.‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Jul 6, 2010
90% Minority Report (2002) One of the few films I've seen so far this year that I would recommend and it is one to see on the big screen.‐ Dark Horizons
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2010
81% Road to Perdition (2002) Director Sam Mendes is on course to become one of the great directors of this decade.‐ Dark Horizons
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2010
82% Total Recall (1990) An absolutely superb sci-fi film and a true modern cornerstone of the genre not seen since the deeper though less entertaining Blade Runner nearly ten years previous.‐ Dark Horizons
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2010
72% Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) Whilst the direction and script seem off, the rest of the production work is excellent.‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Jul 6, 2010
97% Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) The combination detective noir story, slightly adult humour, crazy toon characters from both Warner & Disney's vaults (a one-off which is unlikely to ever repeat) and overall technical wizardy yielded a film which set a precedent.‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Jul 6, 2010
29% The Punisher (2004) Despite some admittedly strong moments it's certainly nothing special and barely above ordinary.‐ Dark Horizons
Posted Jul 6, 2010
97% Lawrence of Arabia (1962) The performances, the script, the directing, the cinematography, the musical score is all memorable and hasn't aged much, though at 3.5 hours there are some times (especially in the last hour) that the story begins to drag.‐ Dark Horizons
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2010