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  • Daredevil 2003

    ★★★ Watched 14 Apr, 2014

    When Daredevil was released, I saw it twice in theaters and insisted that it was better than Spider-Man. I'm older and smarter now, thankfully, but I still think it's not as bad and considerably more fun than its reputation suggests. As with The Phantom, I kind of appreciate that it goes for a broad, cheesy, pun-filled take on the superhero movie, which is kind of how I thought comic book movies should be prior to Nolan's Batman trilogy (and I…

  • A Bridge Too Far 1977

    ★★★½ Watched 14 Apr, 2014

    A Bridge Too Far plays as much like a WWII variation on star-studded '70s disaster movies as a serious historical epic, with a murderer's row of great actors in the lead and supporting roles. Depicting a failed operation to capture five bridges over the Rhine, it's not much of an investigation into the nature of war, but it is consistently impressive as a documentary of its own making - the money is definitely onscreen, and it's wearying just to watch…

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  • Eyes Wide Shut 1999

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 14 Nov, 2012 7

    One of my fondest moviegoing memories is the collective groan a frustrated opening weekend audience let out as Stanley Kubrick's elusive final film cut to black. It's a fair response, as Eyes Wide Shut deliberately upends our expectations; it's a movie that was sold on the promise of raunchy sex scenes featuring its then-married leads, but while there's plenty of skin throughout the film, the sex is as cold and alien as Crash (the Ballard book/Cronenberg film). I've heard a…

  • Drive 2011

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 27 Oct, 2012 2

    Took a break from horror to watch this last night with a friend who hadn't seen it; at the end, she said that it was very sweet. It was the fourth time I've watched Drive, and it struck me this time how much it's a film about loneliness. All of the audacious style, every beautifully composed shot, the incredible action sequences and moments of shocking violence, the amazing soundtrack, everything that makes Drive so memorable hinges on two characters, divided…