An Independent Man was a BBC comedy series produced in 1995. Freddie Patterson (George Cole) is the main protagonist as an owner of a group of hair salons in London. He is elected to local council where he takes on big name politicians who underestimate him as a small player on the political scene. Aided by his wife (Mel Martin), Freddie makes his voice heard in the world of London affairs as other politicians scheme to thwart him.
Runtime: 60 minutes
An Independent Man - The Amazing Spider-Man (2012 film) - Netflix
The Amazing Spider-Man is a 2012 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, and sharing the title of the character's longest-running comic book. It is the fourth theatrical Spider-Man film produced by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Entertainment, and a reboot of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2002–2007 trilogy preceding it. The film was directed by Marc Webb. It was written by James Vanderbilt, Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves and it stars Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker / Spider-Man, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curtis Connors, Denis Leary as NYPD Captain George Stacy, along with Martin Sheen and Sally Field as the uncle and aunt of Peter Parker, Ben Parker and May Parker. The film tells the story of Peter Parker, a teenager from New York who becomes Spider-Man after being bitten by a genetically engineered spider. Parker must stop Dr. Curt Connors as a mutated lizard, from spreading a mutation serum to the city's human population. Development of the film began with the cancellation of Spider-Man 4 in 2010, ending director Sam Raimi's Spider-Man film series that had starred Tobey Maguire as the titular superhero. Columbia Pictures opted to reboot the franchise with the same production team along with James Vanderbilt to stay on with writing the next Spider-Man film while Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves helped with the script as well. During pre-production, the main characters were cast in 2010. New designs were introduced from the comics, such as artificial web-shooters. Using Red Digital Cinema Camera Company's RED Epic camera, principal photography started in December 2010 in Los Angeles before moving to New York City. The film entered post-production in April 2011. 3ality Technica provided 3D image processing, and Sony Pictures Imageworks handled CGI. This was also the final American film to be scored by James Horner and released during his lifetime, before his death in 2015 from an aircraft accident. Sony Pictures Entertainment built a promotional website, releasing many previews and launched a viral marketing campaign, among other moves. Tie-ins included a video game by Beenox. The film premiered on June 30 in Tokyo, and was released in the United States on July 3, ten years after release of Spider-Man (2002), in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D and released in home media in November 2012. The reboot received generally favorable reviews, with critics praising mostly Andrew Garfield's performance, the visual style, James Horner's musical score, and the realistic portrayal of the title character, but criticized some underdeveloped story-lines, noting the film's deleted scenes, and the introduction of the Lizard as the villain for being too surreal for the film. The film was a box office success, grossing over $757 million worldwide, becoming the seventh highest-grossing film of 2012. The film's sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, was released on May 2, 2014.
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The Amazing Spider-Man received generally favorable reviews by critics upon release with critics praising the performance of Andrew Garfield. On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 73% based on 310 reviews, with an average rating of 6.7/10. The site's critical consensus reads, “A well-chosen cast and sure-handed direction allows The Amazing Spider-Man to thrill despite revisiting many of the same plot points from 2002's Spider-Man.” On Metacritic, the film has an average score of 66 out of 100, based on 42 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”. According to Rotten Tomatoes' yearly lists (by using a weighted formula of the critics review in the site), it was placed number 32 on its list of the all-time best comic book films in 2012 and had fallen to 36th in 2013. CinemaScore's audience graded it an “A-” on an A+ to F scale. Jordan Mintzer of The Hollywood Reporter felt that the film was satisfying, explaining that Webb directed with emotional and comedic touches and provided a darker depiction and a stronger romance than the original. Boyd Van Hoeija of Variety described the film as a “mostly slick, entertaining and emotionally involving recombination of fresh and familiar elements”. A columnist of The Village Voice, Chris Pakham felt that the film was faithful to the comics and that “Garfield's spindly physicality evokes the Marvel illustrations of the 1960s.” Conversely, Lou Lemenick of the New York Post wrote that the film was dull and uninspiring and felt that it did not compare to Batman Begins and was “a pointless rehash in the mode of Superman Returns.” New Yorker critic Anthony Lane described the film as “running out of nimbleness and fun, and the promise contained in its title seems ever more tendentious.” Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times called the film “memorable in pieces but not as a whole” and said that its best element is the relationship between Peter and Gwen, while the Lizard “is not quite an opponent for the ages.” Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly gave the film an A- describing the film as “a friskier, sweeter-natured variation” when compared to Raimi's work. She explained that the most “amazing” element was not the “blockbuster wow!” but instead the “intimate awww.” Claudia Puig of USA Today explained that “as a new chapter in the superpowered arachnid saga, it stands on its own quite nicely, focusing more on human emotions than on a panoply of special effects.” She said “where Tobey Maguire in the original Spider-Man trilogy was earnest, Garfield's Spider-Man is whip-smart and likably cheeky, with an undercurrent of teenage angst.” She also called the film “as much a coming-of-age story as a crime-fighting action saga.” Christy Lemire of the Associated Press described Garfield's Spider-Man as an arrogant and misunderstood outsider, giving the film a “restless, reckless energy and a welcome sense of danger.” She also concluded that Webb was a different sort of director, saying that while Webb's big set pieces lacked Raimi's imagination, they conveyed “emotional truth” and “a pervasive sense of humanity”. However, Ty Burr of The Boston Globe felt that the film lacked the original's pop grace and the pulpy joy, saying the film was “dumbed down, tarted up” and “almost shockingly uninspired”. Burr evaluated it as “the worst superhero film since Green Lantern”. Colin Covert of the Star Tribune also felt that The Amazing Spider-Man is weaker than its predecessor and described it as “The Notebook in spandex”. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times felt that the reboot provided better reasons for why Peter Parker adopts his superhero role, even if the origin story didn't need to be told once again. He also remarked that it was “probably the second best” of the four Spider-Man films after Spider-Man 2, explaining that Lizard was lackluster compared to that film's villain, Doctor Octopus, and had the dramatic range of Godzilla. Joe Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal, pointed out that “the truly amazing thing is that most of what happens to Peter Parker in the first half of the film has already happened in previous chapters of the Spidey saga”, that “what's old is old again.” However, Randy Myers from the San Jose Mercury News found it “the best Spidey yet”, describing it as “strong, bold and well-acted.” He felt that a viewer couldn't help but feel déjà vu, but that the work shows greater “dimension”. Dana Stevens at Slate magazine believed that the film was an “absolutely unnecessary” retelling of the origin story, although it avoided “the common comic-book adaptation trap of gloomy self-seriousness”. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone also opined that the “unnecessary” reboot pulled stellar performances from Garfield and Stone and touches the heart. Andrew Garfield received good notices for his performance. Bob Mondello of NPR said, “Here comes another Spider-dude: This Andrew Garfield guy. So he'd better be really something, right? Well, as it happens, he is.” Tom Charity of CNN found Garfield's “combination of fresh-faced innocence, nervous agitation and wry humor ... immediately appealing.” Stephanie Zacharek of Movieline said she “had no specific desire to see the series resuscitated. But watching Garfield and Stone made me think doing so wasn't such a bad idea”. Mary F. Pols of Time said that even though the story was familiar Garfield and Webb made it feel “convincingly fresh and exciting.”
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