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  • Furious 7

    Furious 7 2015

    ★★½ Watched 04 Apr, 2015

    Seems only fair to address Walker’s untimely death and how it affects the overall quality of FURIOUS SEVEN as the film essentially bulldozes the fourth wall in the final 10-minutes so it can allow its cast to achieve closure onscreen (the entire sequence, dramatically, makes zero sense if you’re somehow unaware of the real life tragedy). While I don’t envy the creative challenge in trying to cobble together a movie when your co-lead died having shot only 40% of their…

  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 2014

    ★½ Watched 21 Mar, 2015

    Of all the blockbuster franchises I feel compelled to finish out of a misplaced sense of completism this may be my least favorite.* Even with the caveat that I’m not remotely the demographic for this kind of thing, I simply fail to connect with these films on any level. Visually nondescript, dour and dishwater dull, MOCKINGJAY - PART 1 (which, as with the final Harry Potter films, splits the concluding source material into halves) is essentially two hours of exposition…

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  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014

    ★★ Watched 23 Aug, 2014 18

    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.