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  • The Martian

    The Martian 2015

    ★★ Watched 07 Jan, 2016

    [con/D+]
    Five minutes in: 'Yikes, this screenplay.'
    Second end-credit: 'That's why.'

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015

    ★★½ Rewatched 07 Jan, 2016

    [middling/C/C+]
    Really didn't want to be the guy who sees this twice, but sometimes friendship trumps cinephilic pride.

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash 2014

    ★½ Watched 15 Oct, 2014

    [CON/D]
    An ugly-in-spirit, clumsily styled (ed. the swivel reaction pans to Teller's face are atrocious) faux Social Network. Upsettingly celebrates antagonism and verbal violence as reported. J.K. Simmons's performance is terrible and Teller is too smothered by Damien Chazelle's pop psychologizing to be able to make an impression.
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    Chazelle's amateurish world is so limited in its artificial scope, beginning and ending within the unexplored confines of his pat human experience ambitions; he is prone to arrive at an…

  • Birdman

    Birdman 2014

    ★★ Watched 18 Jan, 2015

    [con/C-]
    It's not as if some comedy was the last thing Iñárritu's work needed—I disliked Birdman a good bit less than I thought I would.
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    I liked it better when it was called Venus in Fur (and even then I didn't like it that much, but Polanski’s film's similarities and divergence from Iñárritu's work are instructive). Pretty middling on it overall, and though it exceeded my expectations, its thinness becomes glaring in hindsight. The tone and performances annoyed me…