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  • The Counselor 2013

    ★★★ Watched 16 Jul, 2014 2

    Strong performances from Bardem, Pitt, and Fassbender buoy the critically-maligned Counselor. Fassbender plays a lawyer who decides to get into the drug game, against the advice of his criminal clients / friends.

    I enjoyed the first two acts quite a bit, and had this up to 4 stars at one point. The cast is absolutely stacked, and Javier Bardem in particular is awesome. I loved every scene he shared with Fassbender, simply for their conversation and his mannerisms; there's one…

  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes 2011

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 13 Jul, 2014 2

    Awesome rewatch prepping for "Dawn." I loved this movie in the theater and this rewatch really pushed me to bump this from a 4 to a 4.5 rating. I love the three distinct acts to "Rise." We begin with a science-centric, super-hero origin~esque story of young Caesar's inception. In this first act we explore the relationship built between two well-realized characters in James Franco and Caesar the ape, and the unique circumstances in which they exist. It never drags and…

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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…

  • Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back 1980

    ★★★★★ Watched 15 Jun, 2014 3

    My favorite movie of all time, and hard to write anything meaningful that hasn't been said a billion times before and better. Like Star Wars though, this watch had the added magic of watching it with my 5-year-old for the first time. Some highlights:

    -She loved the line "scruffy looking nerf herder" and has called me one probably a dozen times in the week since we watched it.

    -20 minutes in during the ATAT fight, she was jumping around saying…