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  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 2015

    ★½ Watched 26 Nov, 2015

    The worst film in an overall barely mediocre "trilogy" but at this point I'm just glad that it's over...

  • The Hallow

    The Hallow 2015

    Watched 27 Sep, 2015

    I don't get how this movie was able to generate any buzz. It's as generic as horror films come from start (the "happy big city couple moves to remote cabin in the woods where there's suspicious townsfolk and lurking danger") to finish (the obligatory "oh, oh, it's never really over and therefore here's the post-credit jump scare for you") and if you've ever watched a similar genre flick, there are literally zero surprises or fresh ideas to be found in "The Hallow". It might be beautifully shot and I have to give props for some of the practical effects, but BOY is it dull…

  • The Lobster

    The Lobster 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 27 Sep, 2015

    If bizarro Wes Anderson made an absurdist black comedy that works as a cynical commentary on partnership/romance vs. single life in a modern, somewhat dystopian society, the result would probably be "The Lobster". Could have been 10-20 minutes shorter but might still end up as one of my favorite movies of 2015.

  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 2015

    ★★½ Watched 15 Aug, 2015

    Beatufiul people doing incredible things and looking very stylish while doing them. This movie is the definition of "style over substance" but that's okay because it doesn't want to be any more than that and few others do style as well as Guy Ritchie.

  • Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

    Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 05 Aug, 2015

    While not being as good as "Ghost Protocol" which is still my favorite of all the MI movies, it's still a damn good action flick that kept me on the edge of my seat for most of the time and didn't make it hard for me to suspense my disbelief which seems to be harder and harder to do these days. The franchise is most certainly alive and very much kicking!

  • Ant-Man

    Ant-Man 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 17 Jul, 2015

    My rating is probably 0.5-1 stars to high but after the troubled production and Ant-Man not being the most interesting character in my book I went in with zero expectations and ended up having a fucking blast. Needs a second viewing to see how it holds up but for now I stand by my praise.

  • Tag

    Tag 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 27 Sep, 2015

    "Grindhouse meets arthouse in this gory pro-feminist action-fantasy" – This line from a Variety review is pretty much spot-on in describing the weird, gory and sometimes messy ride that is Shion Sono's "Tag". It's basically one long chase sequence for most of it's running time (no pun intended) but works as an allegory of the depiction of women in cinema and games while also tackling the themes of coming of age and struggling with identity in a male dominated world.…

  • Knock Knock

    Knock Knock 2015

    ★½ Watched 10 Oct, 2015

    I really should know better than to open the door when Eli Roth comes knocking…

  • Inside Out

    Inside Out 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 06 Jul, 2015

    I honestly don't get all the buzz surrounding Pixar's latest movie. It's cute and it's fun and it does some interesting things with its premise but I don't see it being Pixar's best. It probably would't even make my Top 3, maybe even 5.

  • Jurassic World

    Jurassic World 2015

    ★★ Watched 16 Jun, 2015

    Putting aside the many issues I had with the films logic and basically all of its characters (sorry, Chris Pratt), "Jurassic World" blatantly tries to be some sort of meta commentary on the state of blockbuster cinema, criticizing that moviegoers have lost their sense of wonder, yet ends up being exactly the thing it seems to loathe while not invoking any sense at all.

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 14 May, 2015

    The best straight-up action film of the 21st century thus far. Witness it!

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Apr, 2015

    While the second Avengers movie arguably has some flaws (my "big three": 1. An ultimately bland villain, who feels more like a "monster of the week" than a real threat. 2. The "de-evolution" of Tony Stark and Steve Rogers – "Age of Ultron" basically ignores the character development of these heroes respective previous films. 3. The movie's all in all somewhat setup-y vibe) and I would probably give it 0.5-1 stars less on a second viewing, I can't deny that for the most part I was properly entertained the first time around.