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  • Insurgent

    Insurgent 2015

    ★★½ Watched 15 Apr, 2015

    Divergent was a mild surprise, a competent YA version of Full Metal Jacket with a silly but intriguing enough social commentary and mediocre action tacked on. And luckily it had Woodley (who I am a fan of) anchoring the whole thing.

    With Insurgent though, now Tris is out of camp and ready to get Matrix-y, and the whole affair is much more dated and more unintentionally silly. But there's still Woodley, doing her best with what she's even, which includes…

  • The Imitation Game

    The Imitation Game 2014

    ★★★★ Rewatched 12 Apr, 2015

    The Imitation Drinking Game: Do a shot and yell "THEY ALIVE DAMMIT" every time a character says "Unbreakable"

    You'll need a stomach pump.

  • Furious 7

    Furious 7 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 06 Apr, 2015

    And saw this in the theater immediately after watching 6 at home for the first time. Same deal here, but its even more amped up. This would be closer to a 4.25. The sentimental ending is certainly in overdrive into fan service territory but its sincere enough that I enjoyed it. Think they should end it here but if it continues in this same direction I will come back.

  • Fast & Furious 6

    Fast & Furious 6 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 06 Apr, 2015

    After several attempts Fast Five finally landed for me, and following it up with 6 shortly after carries the same goodwill. There's plenty of corny shit and music-video-y stuff I generally would not care for or would not miss, howeever at this point it has gotten to a point of ridiculousness that I can only watch and smile and shake it off as it happens.

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar 2014

    ★★★½ Rewatched 04 Apr, 2015

    Thanks to the ability to turn on subtitles to counter the mumbliness and sound mixing of this film, as well as much needed pee breaks for a film this long, I enjoyed this a lot more at home. The father/daughter relationship worked for me much more, and I was able to enjoy the journey, whereas for the first watch it was so obvious that the destination involved the black hole that getting there was feeling tedious and drawn out.

    That…

  • Fast Five

    Fast Five 2011

    ★★★½ Rewatched 02 Apr, 2015

    Third time's the charm after being bored to tears for the first two attempts. Maybe it's a mood thing. I dunno. Maybe it's a force feed.

    My big obstacle with this movie (and probably going forward) is the feeling that I'm missing a lot of backstory in order to be connected with these characters, and that as a standalone I am not particularly endeared towards any of them in particular. I do however, love The Rock in pretty much anything, even when he's bad. So I guess it was a matter of time. Bring on number six.

  • Dom Hemingway

    Dom Hemingway 2013

    ★★½ Watched 01 Apr, 2015

    Jude Law gives this performance his all, but as the film goes it along it just gets increasingly boring, even as it reminds loud and abrasive.

  • Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

    Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 30 Mar, 2015

    Over the last several years I'd taken quite an interest in the lunacy that is the Church of Scientology, so I am surprised Gibney could put out a 2 hour documentary on the subject needing to cram in the essentials and still have things within it that I didn't know already.

    The problem though is that there is just SO. FUCKING. MUCH. crazy in the history of this dangerous cult that 2 hours isn't even close to scratching the surface.…

  • Chappie

    Chappie 2015

    ★★★ Watched 28 Mar, 2015

    It seems Chappie has joined Mortdecai as another 2015 running joke as a failure/fiasco.

    Eh, it's not so bad.

    While after District 9 everyone seemed to have higher standards for what Blomkamp would continue to provide as a writer/director I am fine slotting this into my Accidental B-Movie/Acceptable Goofery zone. There's plenty within Chappie that works as a sci fi examination of nurture, and there's also plenty of stupidity and silliness to need to overlook, whether that is Jackman's Murray-from-Flight-of-the-Conchords…

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 2001

    ★★★★ Rewatched 28 Mar, 2015

    Kudos to Letterboxd for having the proper title.

  • The Book of Life

    The Book of Life 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 28 Mar, 2015

    I still remember the very snazzy 3d trailer well, but didn't make the time last fall. It's too bad, because as good as the movie looks at home, rich in color with a unique character design, it just doesn't pop the same as I know it would have.

    The story is better than expected, and the music, which a lot of the film revolves around, is fine, however it has the jukebox musical thing going on ala Happy Feet that I have mixed feelings about.

  • Paths of Glory

    Paths of Glory 1957

    ★★★★½ Watched 28 Mar, 2015

    Particularly good acting and dialogue for this era, often taking on a modern sensibility you don't see much from this time. Douglas is of course fantastic.