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  • Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues 2013

    ★★★½ Rewatched 14 Apr, 2014

    I never expected this to even come close to living up to the original. It's still a bit sad it doesn't anyways.

  • Noah 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 13 Apr, 2014

    When I saw the trailer
    I thought that it looked cruddy, cruddy
    But there's more here to chew on
    than just CGI floody, floody
    Grey shades of God (clap), not just arky malarkey
    Rock Transformers were adored.

  • Jodorowsky's Dune 2013

    ★★★ Watched 06 Apr, 2014

    Jodo is charismatic, charming, and funny.

    But if you don't particularly care about Jodo's work (I don't), or don't care about Dune... you can probably skip this. I can't say in any way that Jodo sold me a ticket to his unfinished film. The individual stories behind them are fine, but as someone who has forgotten most of Dune, a lot was lost on me.

    Which makes a lot of this film kind of boring, and leaving me feeling like…

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014

    ★★ Watched 05 Apr, 2014 8

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

  • Divergent 2014

    ★★★ Watched 29 Mar, 2014

    I was dragged to this... in the sense that I wouldn't have seen it if the lady was not looking forward to it, not that I went kicking and screaming. But definitely had low expectations given I didn't at all care for the trailer.

    But that's all the guarded talk I'll say about it, as I notice a number of reviews, especially mildly positive ones, are kind of non-reviewing it, perhaps as a defense mechanism from "You saw Divergent? Pffft."…

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★½ Rewatched 29 Mar, 2014 3

    Didn't expect to rewatch this so soon given my initial disappointment. Perhaps it was still too soon with recent arguments and discussions still lingering, but at any rate as expected I liked some things more this time, while other flaws just seemed all the more clear.

    I made a number of nitpicks last time but at the very core I just don't find this outing as funny as a lot of people do, and I especially don't find the Zero/Gustave…

  • Quick Change 1990

    ★★ Watched 29 Mar, 2014

    If only the whole movie had been the bank robbery. Starting with so much promise, once it leaves the building this Murray vehicle, which I had waited nearly 25 years to finally see, is a big letdown, just plain falling flat comedically and dramatically as soon as the "escape the city" plot takes focus.

    The lack of real character or laughs is especially blunt with so little soundtrack to move things forward. Everything just hangs there to the point it feels unfinished.

  • Cheap Thrills 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 23 Mar, 2014

    No whammy, but no whammeh either. Thankfully Cheap Thrills uses its gimmick (paying two friends to do a series of increasingly brutal tasks) in a suitably extreme way without being obnoxious about it. It's kind of a one trick pony but its mildly funny, particularly well cast and doesn't outstay its welcome.

  • Sesame Street Presents: Follow that Bird 1985

    ★★★★ Rewatched 23 Mar, 2014

    "Marry-fuck-kill: Linda, Maria, and Susan."

    Asked a friend this as I watched.

    He did NOT appreciate it.

  • The Little Mermaid 1989

    ★★★★ Rewatched 23 Mar, 2014

    At the end King Triton grants his daughter a vagina.

    How many fathers watched that and wept?

  • Party Central 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 22 Mar, 2014

    Monsters U short film before Muppets Most Wanted. The frat brothers use the door system to steal a party from the jocks. Quick and dirty, plenty of sight gags. Not at all a high concept short that you at times get from Pixar but good for what it is.

  • Muppets Most Wanted 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 22 Mar, 2014

    Based on the downgrade of the human cast, and based on the fact that of the original 3 Muppet films, The Great Muppet Caper (which this, like The Muppets with The Muppet Movie, is designed to mirror for a new generation) is my least favorite, I went into this with lowish expectations.

    Now I'm a Muppet nerd. A Muppet film has to be pretty bad for me to not like it, so take that with whatever grain of salt that…