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  • Armour of God 1986

    ★★★ Rewatched 13 Apr, 2014

    Lightly entertaining Jackie Chan flick. A little plot-and-comedy heavy when it could have used an extra straight-up action scene or two, particularly in the first two acts. Lots of good fights and stunts in the last act however.

    Also, not sure why he had a short-hair, modern look for the opening scene and then more early-80s longer hair for the rest of the movie. They must have filmed the opening later and tacked it on? If so, why not just give him a wig? Weird.

  • All Is Lost 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 31 Mar, 2014

    All Is Lost is a unique film that still has me thinking about it two weeks after I've first seen it- a rare feat these days. Robert Redford plays a man sailing through the South Pacific who is awoken by the sound of a stray shipping container banging into his boat and ripping open a hole he has to deal with. It's not so much the hole that's the problem, but it takes out his communications gear and things begin…

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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…