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  • Paper Planes

    Paper Planes 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 03 May, 2016

    Well, that was just delightful.

    Robert Connolly's direction and script (co-written with Steve Worland) is pleasantly whimsical and understated, the paper planes themselves in this film are just darn cool, and Ed Oxenbould is the most adorable and lovable human being on the planet — all in all, adding up to make Paper Planes a true, perhaps unexpected delight.

    This really is a children's film in the truest sense of the term, calling back to such hallmarks like Children of…

  • The Sandlot

    The Sandlot 1993

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 30 Apr, 2016

    Ham: Hey, Smalls, you wanna s'more?
    Smalls: Some more of what?
    Ham: No, do you want a s'more?
    Smalls: I haven't had anything yet, so how can I have some more of nothing?
    Ham: You're killing me, Smalls!

    (Some movies just don’t need a review…)

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  • Hook

    Hook 1991

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 04 Mar, 2012 8

    One of those rare cinematic curiosities where you can tell instantly how old someone was when they first saw the film based upon their reaction to it today.

    It goes like this: almost without exception, those who first saw Hook as an adult will—by virtue of being a horrible grown-up—completely and utterly loathe the film, detesting everything it represents about cinema today. They will deride Hook as bloated and indulgent; treacly Spielbergian sentimentality run amuck; and, worst of all—*gasp*—totally made-up,…

  • Man of Steel

    Man of Steel 2013

    ½ Watched 25 Jun, 2013 5

    Ah, the summer movie season... *BUILDING SMASH*

    There's noth-*COLLAPSING TOWER*-ing quite *SMASH* like the *CAR HURLING TOWARD US* good old *ENTIRE SKYSCRAPER FLOOR WIPED OUT* Hollywood *BAD GUYS DECIMATES 7-ELEVEN* summer *MASSIVE GAS-FUELED FIRE ERUPTION* blockbuster *EXPLOSION* treatment *EVEN BIGGER EXPLOSION* to make you apprec-*FALLING BUILDING WAY TOO CLOSE TO OUR HERO'S GIRLFRIEND FOR COMFORT*-iate a fant-*FIREBALL*-astic *CAR SMASH* story *EXPLOSION* like *MINI-EXPLOSION* Super-*HERO SAVES INNOCENT BYSTANDER JUST IN TIME*-man. It's great, *HERO THROWN THROUGH THREE BUILDINGS* isn't it?

    *AWKWARD,…