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  • The Infiltrator

    The Infiltrator 2016

    ★★½ Watched 23 Jul, 2016

    Derivative as all get-out, but the way it borrows the visual signatures of so many different directors was certainly something.

  • The Conjuring 2

    The Conjuring 2 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 18 Jun, 2016

    I really love how much attention is put into conveying spacial awareness to the audience. Whether its an elaborate dolly shot through every room of the house or frequently making use of negative space in close-ups, James Wan makes sure we have an understanding of the environment and he uses that against us as relentlessly as he can.

    It's the kind of horror filmmaking that I delight in when it's done as confidently as it is here. But as much as I enjoy the construction of the scares, I wish I found the demons themselves as scary to see as Wan may think they are.

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  • Big Hero 6

    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.

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 15 May, 2015

    For decades, George Miller has been throwing ideas at a wall in order to form his own idealized post-apocalypse over the course of four films. As each new film has attempted to take the series in different directions, these vivid ideas have run the gamut of visual motifs and societal ideologies to varying degrees of success. But none have come as close to the fully realized world within Fury Road.

    Not only is there attention given to fleshing out a…