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  • Mission: Impossible II

    Mission: Impossible II 2000

    Rewatched 30 Jul, 2015

    Has the misfortune of being released during the absolute worst era for action films. However, this wouldn't be much of a problem if the film actually felt like it belonged to the series rather than a leftover script they tacked the name onto. Even looking at this as a John Woo movie it's more noteworthy as a footnote of his Hollywood career rather than something that might be worth studying stylistically. At times it feels like a parody of itself.…

  • Mission: Impossible

    Mission: Impossible 1996

    Rewatched 29 Jul, 2015

    The first image of this franchise is of a man watching a television, and on the screen is a standard wide shot you'd see in just about any old television show. It's not until the TV camera zooms in that we realize we're watching something that's actually happening just in the other room.

    If there's one thing that has kept the Mission: Impossible series going, it's Cruise's commitment to hiring intelligent auteurs with styles of their own. Mission: Impossible is…

  • Terminator Genisys

    Terminator Genisys 2015

    Watched 18 Jul, 2015

    Perhaps this film is better than Salvation, especially in the screenplay department (and I say that very lightly), but this is quite possibly the blandest blockbuster I've seen in a long time so much so that I hated it more than Salvation. It's an ostensibly odd experience, as the script is quick to try and move its pieces which should make for an entertaining film on the surface (what ultimately made Jurassic World bearable) but Alan Taylor is such a…

  • Minions

    Minions 2015

    Watched 17 Jul, 2015 2

    Sloppy and safe, but occasionally, and perhaps inadvertently, somewhat satisfying.

  • Ant-Man

    Ant-Man 2015

    Watched 16 Jul, 2015 3

    It's okay.

    We can talk all we want about the movie we all really wanted this to be, but I don't see a point, really. All things considered, Peyton Reed has a personality, and it's on display here for the most part. Other than that, you can see where Marvel dipped its hands in the script to streamline it for other stuff, but for the most part it's self contained in a way that comfortably exists in this universe but…

  • The Tribe

    The Tribe 2014

    Watched 07 Jul, 2015 1

    Heavy handed.

  • Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

    Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter 2014

    Watched 27 Jun, 2015

    Really like this film when it's more specifically about not just culture clash but class clash too. For whatever language barrier Kumiko has with the Americans she meets, they more specifically seem to sympathize with her poverty stricken situation than her fellow Japanese citizens who are eager to see her as different and give her the cold shoulder (the obvious exception of the Japanese library guard who helps her even though he knows it's wrong). It's no surprise that she…

  • Dope

    Dope 2015

    Watched 25 Jun, 2015 3

    This is Sundancecore to the extreme (and I'd name it the Sundancecore movie of the year if only for the fact that I haven't seen Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl yet). It's tailor made to that faux indie festival crowd with its <strike>likable</strike> relatable nerd protagonist (and his archetypal friends who seem to have no life outside of their friendship to the protagonist), lowkey but quick moving coming of age plot, and adherence to Sundance cliches that would make…

  • Lava

    Lava 2015

    Watched 22 Jun, 2015

    This short is kind of fucked up.

  • Inside Out

    Inside Out 2015

    Watched 22 Jun, 2015

    There's a lot going around about how Inside Out wrecked the "feels" of various people. It's a shorthand of saying that the film visited upon emotionally cathartic themes that resonated on a deeper level to them. This is something I absolutely understand, and to some degree empathize with. It's a film that finds the core of why we love movies that makes us feel something, and does that through abstraction of those emotions.

    But am I the only person who…

  • Approaching the Elephant

    Approaching the Elephant 2014

    Watched 21 Jun, 2015

    Political theory in motion. Wilder has a great future in documentaries, as she's able to capture the essence of this school with such vivid attention to detail it feels at once objective and yet impressionistic. There's a chaotic editing to the way the kids argue in the school meetings, almost giving you the same stress headache the adults are probably feeling. Yet Wilder's observation is undoubtedly clear. There's no way you can tell which side Wilder comes down on when…

  • While We're Young

    While We're Young 2014

    Watched 20 Jun, 2015

    Baumbach at his most tolerable? Perhaps it's because the film is so lightweight and funny (and not in that typical Baumbach humor kind of way) that it's actually enjoyable to sit through so long as you're not listening to anything this film is actually trying to say. There isn't much to this movie but the characters are, for once, likable and not obnoxious (instead of obnoxious and uninteresting). Everyone in here is good (Naomi Watts is great, and I finally…