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  • Nocturnal Animals

    Nocturnal Animals 2016

    ★★ Watched 26 Nov, 2016

    To steal one of Sean Burns’ favorite lines, a real Max Fischer Players vibe to this one. Casts Adams, Gyllenhaal and Hammer (42, 35, and 30 respectively) as both the wide-eyed twenty-something versions of the characters as well as the calcified into apathy, late forty-something updates and nobody seems especially comfortable in the roles (although ironically Adams is more convincing as a bubbly grad student than she is as a disaffected, middle aged ice queen). The three characters belong to,…

  • Louder Than Bombs

    Louder Than Bombs 2015

    ★★½ Watched 26 Nov, 2016

    The kind of film that pulls a full-stop so it’s angsty (yet sensitive!) teenage protagonist can have his pseudo-intellectual (yet tortured!) older brother read his diary entry in front of him, which is typically stream of consciousness, adolescent dopiness, simultaneously describing the events of the film which we’ve already witnessed while serving as a personal manifesto about needing to connect to that which is real in the world (all that’s missing from the multimedia montage that accompanies is footage of…

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  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014

    ★★ Watched 23 Aug, 2014 17

    When I was a little kid, growing up solidly middle class, I had a lot of toys. But my parents, mindful of the expanding clutter that comes from the accumulation of “stuff,” presented me with an ultimatum: if I went long enough without playing with my toys then I’d have to get rid of them before I could get any new ones. They didn’t care what I did with them: throw them out, sell them at a yard sale, give…

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    ★★½ Watched 02 Aug, 2014 2

    Oh good: I was worried this wouldn't have a scene where a large air ship crashes into a major, metropolitan city.