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  • 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…

  • The Judge

    The Judge 2014

    ★★ Watched 15 Mar, 2015

    No points for guessing the Downey Jr. and Duvall would work through their tortured father-son issues in the middle of the courtroom, while the latter is on trial for murder.

    However tons of points if you correctly guessed that there’d be a comedic, incest subplot. Because honestly, who saw that coming?

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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.