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  • Interstellar

    Interstellar 2014

    ★★½ Watched 02 Aug, 2015

    I'm on board with most of the film's ideas, but not the execution. Initially, I found the whole thing pretty involving, because I really liked the world-building (it feels like a Jack McDevitt novel in a lot of ways), but the weird pacing issues and pseudo-profundity lost me somewhere around the middle of the second act. There are some GREAT things sprinkled throughout (I love the robot design, and found the docking sequence with the out-of-control Endurance absolutely thrilling), but…

  • It Follows

    It Follows 2014

    ★★½ Watched 25 Jul, 2015

    More like "It Underwhelms."

    In all seriousness, I think this film is fine, but it's totally indicative of the current horror aesthetic; it's slickly shot, features a great score, and has an interesting premise, but it's just inert and not all that scary. In a lot of ways it reminds me of House of the Devil, which similarly copied all the elements of a John Carpenter flick but forgot to include the tension that those films so expertly conveyed.

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  • Birdman

    Birdman 2014

    ★★½ Watched 16 Jul, 2015

    Not bad, but this movie is far more impressed with itself than I could ever be.

  • Beowulf

    Beowulf 2007

    ★★ Added

    More empty spectacle than anything else, Beowulf manages to fairly entertaining while also being mostly boring. There is no good reason the entire film had to be done in motion capture rather than live action, and while the animation is definitely adequate, it only serves to add another level of disconnect between the film and the audience. The viewer is hard pressed to work up any sort of investment in the characters or their plight, and as such, it becomes…