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  • The Departed 2006

    ★★★★ Rewatched 18 Apr, 2014

    First rewatch since the theater, and I actually liked this more than I recalled. The Departed is a great remake of "Infernal Affairs," and is one of the rare Hollywood remakes that doesn't suffer from transplanting it's setting to American soil. Rather, as cliche as it sounds the setting, in this case Boston, is almost a character unto itself in the movie.

    While it's perhaps too dense of plot at times, and the love interest side-story doesn't bring a lot…

  • The Trouble with Harry 1955

    ★★½ Watched 17 Apr, 2014

    The weakest Hitchcock I've seen, but it's also the most straight-up comedy I think of all his films: wry British-style humor centering on a dead body no one cares about. When a loveable local hunter thinks he accidentally killed Harry, "hijinks ensue."

    I don't care much for farce, and this felt both dated and overall simply uninteresting. However, there is some witty repartee, characters are generally likeable (if not believable), and the flick is gorgeously shot and looks magnificent on blu ray.

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  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012

    ★★½ Watched 19 Dec, 2012 5

    There are so many problems with the Hobbit it's difficult to decide where to begin.

    The first though is the overblown runtime and the shocking amount of filler. Never have I watched a movie where I could so easily go through and literally remove half- and not only lose nothing, but substantially make the film better by doing so. There are scene after scene of bloat, whether they are standalone segments that could be removed entirely since they have no…

  • Man of Steel 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 13 Jun, 2013 5

    Man of Steel isn't quite what I was expecting. I had avoided the previews as I typically do with a movie I intend to see anyways, so I was pleasantly surprised that by-and-large we avoided 45 minutes of growing-up-in-Kansas and Clark being a clumsy newspaper man. Some of these typical elements are sliced-and-diced into flashbacks throughout the movie, which is a refreshing change (vs say The Amazing Spiderman), but at the same time doesn't give quite the build up of…