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  • Paperman 2012

    ★★ Watched 04 Feb, 2013

    Pros: Animated short films are being talked about...
    Cons: ...because of this film...

    Let me elaborate: The animated short is a medium that garners and cultivates unparalleled creativity. Techniques and storytelling are a means of experimenting, a means of pushing the art form forward. Animation's been innovated for over a century, perfected by some, butchered by others (Here's looking at you Dreamworks). I've heard 'Paperman' positively described as 'simple', 'heartwarming' and 'cute', which are all oddly synonymous with my sentiments…

  • Cosmopolis 2012

    ★½ Watched 27 Aug, 2012

    The scale from trash to masterpiece can be a short jaunt when it comes to art films. The variety that comes from such reviews is one of the things that keeps criticism exciting. But when I hear exorbitant levels of praise from people around me, I can't help but think that favor tends to sway toward the artist and less toward the presented work.

    After walking out of the theater, the first words I reluctantly whimpered were: "...I hate it..."…

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  • The Hunger Games 2012

    ★★ Watched 02 Apr, 2012 1

    As with most franchised-based entertainment, I feel an obligation to reiterate this right off the bat: This critique is not about the book, or about the characters of the book, or its faithfulness to the book, or the fan base of the book. It's about the film. Now that we have an understanding, we can begin.

    Thus it is, Hollywood's exploits have found a new home. The flavor of the month. I've no need to introduce anyone to The Hunger…