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The Avengers [based on characters created by]

aka Avengers Assemble, which is a totally crap name. Even Marvel’s the Avengers would’ve been better. Stupid marketing decisions are stupid. Okay, so long time readers of the blog here will know that I am a huge fan of Joss Whedon. Just take a look at the post before this one and you’ll know what […]

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows [based on characters]

Based on books by Arthur Conan Doyle I really enjoyed the first of these “reimaginings”, although I don’t think that Robert Downey Jr.’s character is really Sherlock Holmes. I haven’t read a lot of the Conan Coyle stories, although they are on Mount TBR, but this flashy character just doesn’t seem right for Holmes. The […]

Iron Man

Tony Stark - Iron ManEver since Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang I’ve loved Robert Downey Jr. and that is the main reason I wanted to go see this film. Sure, I enjoy superhero films, but I know nothing at all about Iron Man, so it wasn’t any grá for that character that made me go. For those of you who share this non-knowledge Iron Man is Tony Stark, a genius of a weapons-dealer. When things go wrong for him in Afghanistan he ends up thinking that the only route forward is to give up the whole destruction business, obviously enough his share-holders object slightly.

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Zodiac [based on the book]

This is based on the true story of a serial killer in the 1970’s in California who highlighted his murders with cryptic letters to newspapers. He killed at random, and called himself The Zodiac, and wrote his letters in a code. He also often sent bloodstained items of clothes along with these letters as a sort of proof. He was never caught. Robert Graysmith was working as a cartoonist at one of the newspapers where the letters arrived, and became caught up in the case. The film is based on his book of the events of the time.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang [based on book]

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  • Robert Downey Jr. …. Harry Lockhart
  • Val Kilmer …. Gay Perry
  • Michelle Monaghan …. Harmony Faith Lane

I’ve been vaguely wanting to see this film for a while now, but until last night I kept putting if off. Glad I’m finally went, because this is one of 2005’s best films.

It all starts off with Harry, our narrator, who at first you might think is a tad too po-mo and self-knowing, but he is so well written, and his lines delivered so well by Robert Downey Jr that you are never in danger of distancing yourself from the action, and the humour.

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