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  • Maleficent

    Maleficent 2014

    ★★★ Watched 27 Jun, 2015 3

    I dug the parts of this that were a Disney version of a rape-revenge movie, but the more enthusiastic reviews didn't sufficiently warn me about the Burton's Alice in Wonderland-esque crap with the fairies and whatnot (a tiny, mo-cap Imelda Staunton is a genuinely unsettling sight). Still, Angelina Jolie is fantastic in the part she was born to play - the way she says "What?" when Aurora asks if she's her fairy godmother is glorious.

  • Tomorrowland

    Tomorrowland 2015

    ★★½ Watched 25 Jun, 2015

    I really, really wanted to like this, and there were bits here and there that reminded me of why I love Brad Bird. Mostly, though, I couldn't get the refrain of this song out of my head.

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  • Eyes Wide Shut

    Eyes Wide Shut 1999

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 14 Nov, 2012 8

    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

    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…