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  • Brave

    Brave 2012

    ★★★ Rewatched 14 Mar, 2014

    2nd viewing, no change in rating. Characterization of mama bear a highlight.

  • The Host

    The Host 2006

    ★★★½ Watched 22 Feb, 2014

    Insane. And a membrane (or a creature with many membranes). I like movies that aren't afraid to flout narrative conventions, so the ending was a happy surprise ('happy' isn't really the correct word in this context but oh well). A really odd film of familial dysfunction and chemically-derived monster mayhem with some genuinely impressive creature creation and effects work. Interesting to see distrust of U.S. corporatism in a modern foreign genre flick. I had the constant though not unpleasant sense than many of the character signifiers were getting lost in translation for me.

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  • Where the Wild Things Are

    Where the Wild Things Are 2009

    ★★★½ Watched 07 Sep, 2013

    Caveat since I really didn't give this my full attention for the first half; it's on my 'ought to revisit' list. Impressions: rather admirably keeps its perspective entirely within the turbulent emotive state of childhood, resulting in something deeply felt and authentic but also frequently enervating and disorienting (I was going to say 'illogical' but what the film is capturing feels more like a state of pre-logic), which I realize may be the point. Giving the wild things different aspects…

  • The Cabin in the Woods

    The Cabin in the Woods 2012

    ★★★ Watched 01 Jun, 2013

    Fun time with a very Whedon-y concept; but only occasionally transcends the genre its spoofing. Works really well when it's paying pastiche homage to All Horror At Once, and the system shutdown alone is worth the price of admission. Makes massive perspective errors in regards to its high concept, worst of which is probably the early reveal of the force field, which turns what ought to be a shocker into a slow build to a sort of hilarious lurch toward…