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  • Batman: The Killing Joke

    Batman: The Killing Joke 2016

    ★★½ Watched 25 Jul, 2016

    The movie arrives on DVD and Blu-ray August 2nd but Warner Bros. had one-night screenings on Monday July 25th. I actually found out about it on Sunday night.

    I don't remember all of the details of The Killing Joke the graphic novel, save, of course, for some of its more, shall we say, dramatic highlights. Batman of the 1960s it most certainly is not. Is it a 'good' story? I don't know. It's fascinating just for how extreme the Alan…

  • Stripes

    Stripes 1981

    ★★★½ Watched 19 Jul, 2016

    After re-watching the Ghostbusters films for the umpteenth time, I figured I should check out some of Reitman's earlier work, like "Meatballs" (still need to see it) and this, "Stripes".

    Seriously, the first 1 1/4 hours is practically a 5/5. There's no plot whatsoever, just Murray, Ramis (who apparently had never acted before) and lots of character actors riffing. It's hysterical.

    Then the final 45 minutes kick in and it's not nearly as irreverent. It's as if Reitman and co.…

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  • Zootopia

    Zootopia 2016

    ★★★★★ Watched 11 Jun, 2016

    This was a truly unexpected surprise. I haven't seen all of the recent Disney animated films. Of those that I did, I didn't care at all for "Wreck-It Ralph" and thought "Frozen" was patently mediocre. Positive reviews for "Zootopia" had me going 'Eh, whatever. Y'all said the same about Ralph and Frozen."

    Frankly, if you walked up to me yesterday and asked if I thought Disney had it in them in the foreseeable future to knock one straight out of…

  • The Big Short

    The Big Short 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Dec, 2015

    What an odd circumstances under which to watch this.

    In my family we celebrate Christmas on the 24th more so than on the 25th. The extended family has a few places to be over the course of a few days so the gang finds a way to get together on the 24th and we have fun into the early morning until most part ways for other gatherings. There's a supper at my father's the 25th, and I'll be there later…