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  • Danny Collins

    Danny Collins 2015

    ★★★ Watched 26 Aug, 2015

    Not so much a film where the immature, undependable character at its center learns to be a better person but rather one where they can throw so much money at the problem the no one much cares anyway. Which I guess the film “owns” but it’s still kind of gross and clangs badly against something this ostensibly warm and fuzzy*. Not on board with this being Pacino’s great return to form but he does seem to be having a lot…

  • The Gift

    The Gift 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 22 Aug, 2015

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Less a deconstruction of the “friend from hell” thriller than a particularly nuanced example with a reeeeeally long fuse. For a good while this seemed to be doing something truly daring, blurring the lines of who is victimizing whom with Bateman and Edgerton going for maximum unpleasantness and empathy respectively. Essentially WHAT ABOUT BOB? played as a thriller with Bateman becoming increasingly unnerved by overtures that are, by all outward appearance, genuine and without malice, by virtue of them coming…

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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.