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  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014

    ★½ Watched 23 Jul, 2014

    "I kinda like to think he gives people hope."
    "For what?"
    "That maybe eventually everything's gonna be alright."
    "I just wish I had time for 'eventually'."

    Actual dialogue in this movie. There's more than a few times where my eyes wandered or head bowed in defeat or jaw slunk at the incompetent storytelling. I couldn't handle it. I don't remember Spider-Man defeating Electro because I wasn't paying attention. It was all a blur. Honest, it was! At least Andrew Garfield…

  • White Dog 1982

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Jul, 2014

    Watching White Dog is watching a film so vehemently suppressed for so many years, you half-expect some kind of unhinged experiment in savagery by an aging maverick madman. The film is way more toned down than I expected. Very solemn, a narrative bone dry of highs and lows, a turning point, a climax. An almost impenetrable first 20 minutes that slowly expands into pure melodrama. Quiet, dreadful melodrama starved of big emotions. Everything is working on a level of inevitable…

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  • Die Hard 1988

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 19 Dec, 2012 17

    A simple fact: action movies have been neutered, half-baked, half-written and served cold for children with Attention Deficit Disorder. Die Hard has aged into a lost art. It has a wholly original, unpredictable screenplay, crisp with sharp dialogue matched with badass line delivery through the mouths of believable human characters (This sentence alone cannot be attributed to a single modern action film). There is a tight plot that gradually escalates, accumulating ZERO gaps in logic equaling to not a single…

  • True Grit 2010

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 13 May, 2013 8

    "Time just gets away from us."

    Only the Coens. The most authentic western in modern memory, only the Coens could accomplish what they do here and they warrant rewatchability to spare. For one, the Coens are masters of language. Always have been, always will be. The way they go about capturing the Old West linguistics and dialects and transplant them into unique and unusual accents of characters is an absolute treat to experience and in the process, transplants the viewer…