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  • Big Hero 6 2014

    ★½ Watched 23 Nov, 2014

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

    I truly never want to see another superhero origin story ever again.

    *Or teleportation portal. Whatever the fuck it is.

  • Wild Tales 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 01 Nov, 2014

    Was convinced this was merely formally dazzling and slight* until the final, wedding reception sequence, which not only sends the film out on an improbably glorious and celebratory note but makes almost the exact same argument about marriage as GONE GIRL with only a fraction of the back-patting cynicism. Revenge is the most prominent through-line but really the film is about perfecting the art of telling a joke, with every self-contained segment more or less building to the same punchline…

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  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014

    ★★ Watched 23 Aug, 2014 16

    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 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.