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  • Slayground

    Slayground 1983

    Watched 19 Jun, 2016

    Based on the Richard Stark novel, it says. Only the title and the inclusion of an amusement park in the tedious climax. Stone, even renamed, is no Parker, not even close.

    Read the novel, or the graphic novel adaptation by Darwyn Cooke instead, but skip this movie.

  • Chappie

    Chappie 2015

    ★★★ Watched 18 Jun, 2016

    The only thing that kept this from being a better movie was the typically over-the-top Blomkamp villain. Hugh Jackman chews scenery while the rest of the move tries to explore some interesting ideas.

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  • Zero Dark Thirty

    Zero Dark Thirty 2012

    ★½ Watched 21 Oct, 2014

    Overlong, dry and just kinda boring, especially for movie depicting recent history. The acting is decent though I don't care a bit about anyone on screen. I mean I already know how it turns out. It's not even an interesting documentary.

    The climactic assault is often just a dark screen with vague hints of motion to be anything but frustrating - realistic lighting, maybe; bad storytelling, definitely.

    The best thing about the movie is the somber soundtrack by Alexandre Desplat.

  • Man of Steel

    Man of Steel 2013

    ★½ Watched 23 Jun, 2013 1

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Meh. Not a big Superman fan, but this movie wasn't very good. Another Goyer script another bad spectacle of story-telling. I did like Michael Shannen as Zod, and Henry Cavill was good as Clark Kent. Not much of a story, but what is there is told poorly. Mostly an excuse to knocked down buildings.

    I think the film's sentiment is best summed up by this:

    1978: All those things I can do. All those powers. And I couldn't even save him.

    2013: All those things I can do. All those powers. And I *wouldn't* even save him.