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  • RKO 281 1999

    ★★ Watched 26 Jan, 2015

    This movie moves way too quickly to even be bothered by the nuances of languishing in a scene or characterization or really anything that doesn't involve getting to the next plot point.

    But hey, for a late 90's HBO production, the sets look surprisingly lavish.

  • Blackhat 2015

    ★★★ Watched 19 Jan, 2015

    Everything's fiiiiiine

    Michael Mann is a director that I feel like I should like a lot more as his trademarks (neon lights, seedy cityscapes, moody synth, aggressively loud gunshot sound mixing) intrigue me on paper, yet they escape me in execution most of the time. Blackhat won't convert any nonbelievers, but still manages to be successful on a small scale whenever it focuses on characters loudly clacking on keyboards or characters knee deep in planning the next step while loudly…

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  • Big Hero 6 2014

    ★½ Watched 10 Nov, 2014

    So white washed and sterile that it makes the "culture clash" of San Francisco and Tokyo completely superficial. Its vapid tackling of familial loss is made all the more frustrating due to its blank cast of rote characters. Then a big superhero battle, ripped straight out of Marvel's already dull recent output, happens. Don't bother.

  • Force Majeure 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 08 Jan, 2015

    Like a long-form discussion following multiple couples about gender dynamics and familial roles with the nail biting tension of a great low key thriller built around authentic, nuanced perfomances and eery, ambient sound design.

    It's a film that only gets better and better as I let it sit with me