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  • Lucy 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Jul, 2014

    Imagine if The Transporter became unstuck in time and then traveled back to the dawn of man as depicted in 2001 and dropkicked the monolith onto someone. That, in a nutshell, is Lucy. It offers all of the pleasures of Luc Besson's b-movie action schlock but then adds in a dash of absurd arthouse experimentation which takes it to a whole other level of strange.

  • The Look of Love 2013

    ★★½ Watched 21 Jul, 2014

    It's hard to believe Michael Winterbottom and Steve Coogan could make a movie this dull and conventional.

  • Riddick 2013

    ★★ Watched 05 Jul, 2014

    Having written Warlock and The Fugitive and directed stuff like Pitch Black and A Perfect Getaway, David Twohy has proven himself to be a consistently solid genre filmmaker. That consistency makes Riddick all the more disappointing as there's very little reason he should be making a movie this dull.

    It starts off well with an opening 30-minute sequence which strands Riddick on an unknown planet and plays out like a sci-fi Jeremiah Johnson but the movie quickly abandons its survivalist…

  • They Came Together 2014

    ★★★½ Rewatched 05 Jul, 2014


  • 3 Days to Kill 2014

    ★★½ Watched 01 Jul, 2014

    As a big fan of the forty or so disposable action movies Luc Besson writes and produces a year, I've been very much anticipating watching 3 Days to Kill the way it was meant to be seen: on a small screen in the middle of the afternoon when you have nothing better to do.

    3 Days to Kill definitely feels like a goofy Besson-written action movie -- the movie grinds to a halt for a long montage of Kevin Costner…

  • Oldboy 2013

    ★★½ Watched 26 Jun, 2014

    Josh Brolin says Spike Lee's original 3-hour cut of this was much better. I believe him. This movie was never going to make money for the studio anyway so why even bother messing with it so much? The one-take action scene has been cut down to the point that it now has a jarring edit in the middle of it. It makes little sense.

    To be fair though, no version of this movie could ever be that great. There's no editor in the world who could shape Sharlto Copely's performance into something reasonable.

  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009

    ½ Watched 22 Jun, 2014

    Much like my experience with the first movie, I dozed off halfway through. Unlike the first movie, when I woke up, I witnessed Shia LaBeouf briefly dying and going to Robot Heaven and chatting with two God Robots. I feel like even if I had been awake I wouldn't have understood what the hell was going on.

  • Non-Stop 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 14 Jun, 2014

    A silly whodunnit so effective that if they had revealed the killer was the plane itself which had somehow become sentient, my reaction would've been "oh yeah, that makes sense."

    Liam Neeson is great but the real star of the movie is director Jaume Collet-Serra. He made the House of Wax remake, Orphan, Unknown and now Non-Stop which firmly cements him as the king of the better-than-they-should-be movies. He's very talented but I hope he keeps getting really dumb material to elevate.

  • Edge of Tomorrow 2014

    ★★★ Watched 07 Jun, 2014

    If only the action scenes were as entertaining as Bill Paxton pronouncing "Kentucky".

  • Beverly Hills Cop III 1994

    Rewatched 27 May, 2014

    It's gonna be so depressing if Brett Ratner makes a better Beverly Hills Cop than John Landis but it's hard to imagine how he could do any worse.

  • Beverly Hills Cop II 1987

    ★★★ Rewatched 27 May, 2014 3

    "Shakedown" is the best song ever written.

    This looks fantastic and works better as an action movie than the first one but Tony Scott has no ear for comedy. This may be the first and only time Judge Reinhold gets more laughs than Eddie Murphy.

  • Beverly Hills Cop 1984

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 25 May, 2014

    Free Martin Brest from the director's prison he is being held in so that he may slay Brett Ratner and reclaim this franchise.