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  • Home

    Home 2015

    ★½ Watched 28 Mar, 2015

    The good things about the movie Home:

    1) Actual, honest-to-God racial diversity in an animated family film! And not just the token black character, but a more-or-less accurate demographic representation of humans throughout the entire movie. I estimated roughly that, for any given scene with humans in the background, about half would be of non-white or mixed race. It's sad that that's so rare it's reason to celebrate, but my fervent hope is that it's the start of a steady…

  • Jumanji

    Jumanji 1995

    ★★★★ Rewatched 26 Mar, 2015

    Dangit, I had forgotten how much of this I knew completely by heart while growing up. Well, and unexpectedly still know completely by heart, actually. Despite not having seen it in four or five years.

    Yeah, turns out, I watched this movie a *lot* as a kid.

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  • Hook

    Hook 1991

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 04 Mar, 2012 6

    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

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