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Movie Review – The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) – Yawn

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

Peter Parker finds a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was young. His path puts him on a collision course with Dr. Curt Connors, his father’s former partner.

The last time I talked about the Spider-Man franchine was a LONG time ago in 2007 – as that’s when the last movie of the previous franchise came out: Movie Review – Spiderman 3 – Too long.. And well who loved Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man? No one really, yes he had the goofy part down part, but he was certainly not fit to be a superhero.

Finally they got around to rebooting Spider-Man, and they picked a great lead to do it with – Andrew Garfield. You would probably remember him from The Social Network as Eduardo Saverin. A much better fit than Mr Maguire IMHO, he’s not so nerdy but he makes a MUCH better Spider-Man, it’s a lot more faithful to the comic book universe and character it’s based on.

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

The movie itself is beautifully shot and crafted, it makes subtle use of 3D – especially in the scenes of Spidey swinging through NYC – and it is absolutely stunning. The effects in general are great, although for some reason I found the bad guy looked too similar to Hulk in the Avengers (rendered by the same studio perhaps?).

If there’s one reason to watch it, it’s the reason Denis Leary gave – watch it to see Emma Stone in IMAX 3D – it’s worth it for that alone. She may not be the best actress around, but she is smoking hot.

Emma Stone in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

As the experience of watching the movie, I honestly found it quite boring – it was visually arresting and entertaining and the action scenes were great but I found it too long, extremely poorly paced and rather draggy in the middle.

Plus it’s not so exciting to re-watch a story you already know so well (boy gets bitten by spider, develops new powers, his uncle dies, he becomes a crime fighting superhero etc). Perhaps I’ll enjoy the next instalment more.

It’s certainly more inline with my tastes, more realistic and more gritty like the Batman reboot – but still..I don’t know – it just wasn’t the enthralling to watch.

It is a must watch movie of course, but it just doesn’t nail it for me – I’m surprised it scores so highly on IMDB with 7.6 – but I’ve lost faith in the ratings on IMDB some time ago. I imagine it’ll probably drop to a 6.x as time goes by.

The acting was good all around and there’s some great room for character development to continue, so I shall await the next episode.

I give it a limp spiderweb 6.5/10.

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Stop 114A – A Major Threat To Freedom Of Expression Online

Stop 114A

What is Section 114A?

Section 114A is the second of two amendments made to Malaysia’s Evidence Act 1950.

Law Minister Nazri Aziz tabled the second amendment, formally known as Evidence (Amendment) (No2) Act 2012, in Dewan Rakyat on 18 April. James Dawos Mamit supported the motion, and Section 114A was passed after the second and third reading. On 9 May, Dewan Negara passed the amendment.

The amendment was gazetted on 31 July 2012. This means the law is now operational.

What is the purpose of Section 114A?

Section 114A deals with allegedly illicit or harmful content on the Internet. In short, the amendment enables law enforcement officials to swiftly hold someone accountable for publishing seditious, defamatory, or libelous content online.

How does Section 114A affect you?

Titled “Presumption of Fact in Publication”, Section 114A holds the following people accountable for publishing content online:

(1) those who own, administrate, or edit websites open to public contributors, such as online forums or blogs;

(2) those who provide webhosting services or Internet access; and

(3) those own the computer or mobile device used to publish content online.

In other words, if allegedly defamatory content is traced back to your username, electronic device, and/or WiFi network, Section 114A presumes you are guilty of publishing illicit content on the Internet.

But what if you were the victim of identity theft and a hacker wrongfully used your Twitter or Facebook account to post defamatory content?

Under Section 114A, you are still considered guilty until proven innocent.

What is wrong with Section 114A?

Section 114A is problematic for a number of reasons:

i) It disproportionately burdens average Internet users who are wrongfully accused of publishing seditious or defamatory content.

ii) It makes Internet intermediaries–parties that provide online community forums, blogging and hosting services–liable for content that is published through their services.

iii) It allows hackers and cyber criminals to be free by making the person whose account/computer is hacked liable for any content/data which might have changed.

iv) It is a bad law passed in haste and does not take into account public interest and participation.

How will Section 114A affect the freedom of expression?

Section 114A threatens the right to freedom of expression. Internet users may resort to self-censorship to avoid false accusations made under Section 114A. Bloggers, for example, may excessively censor comments made by their readers. As a result, Section 114A inadvertently stifles public discussion about pertinent political or social issues and protects public authorities, such as the State, from public scrutiny.

You can find many more 114a resources here:

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