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  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 06 Apr, 2014

    Wow, that was intense.

    I'm not sure how else to describe this film. It was just intense. Intense action. Intense stakes. Intense music that sometimes shared more rhythms with horror music than action. When you consider how mild-mannered Steve is as a character, and how classic old-school war his first film was, it feels even more intense.

    Intense is not bad, and this was definitely well-orchestrated tension. Intense also fits with the trend of this second wave of Marvel films.…

  • Divergent 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 05 Apr, 2014

    This is the one movie for which I will confess playing book purist.

    I read the book some time ago. And while I had some quibbles with the author--mainly with her idea of romance and intimacy--I would be the first to praise the book's brilliance. Roth is a bestselling author for a reason, and that made me both excited and dubious about the prospect of a movie adaptation. There was so much material in the book that would be difficult…

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  • The Dark Knight 2008

    ★★★★ Watched 29 Dec, 2012 6

    After much debate, I finally decided to continue my journey with Nolan's Batman and watch this infamously intense film. Having done so, I'm finding it very difficult to process my thoughts, but I do know one thing--it's not a pleasure film.

    "Batman Begins" is a film a watch for pleasure, for the sheer enjoyment of it. I watch it because I like Bruce. I watch it because I admire Gordon and Alfred. I watch it because Bruce and Rachel's romance…

  • Treasure Planet 2002

    ★★★★ Rewatched 29 Aug, 2012

    This film definitely gets better on subsequent watches. Perfect? Nah. But it's fun, with some great drama, good action, and minimal content. Bumping my rating to 4 stars.