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  • Hard Rain 1998

    ★★★½ Rewatched 10 Sep, 2014

    Hadn't seen this since probably its release on video, and as I remember the setting is still awesome. A flooding town that has been evacuated is a stellar location for a "Die Hard in a blah"-type action movie. Here, Christian Slater plays the reluctant hero in a confined area dodging criminals who are out to get him, and the confined area is a town that seems to be heading straight underwater. The setting is used to creatively and to great…

  • The Other Guys 2010

    ★★★★ Rewatched 08 Sep, 2014

    Great action-comedy. Really starts to hit its stride once it leaves the "Wahlberg and Ferrell are losers" opening act and transitions into more of a traditional cop-buddy formula. The difference here is the comedy is way funnier than a typical cop-buddy movie, with the right amount of light character moments and laugh-out-loud gags. Michael Keaton is also a highlight as Captain Gene, and Samuel Jackson and The Rock exit the movie in a hilarious blaze of glory.

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  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012

    ★★½ Watched 19 Dec, 2012 6

    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…