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  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 13 Aug, 2014

    Ate this right up, but then again, I'm a fan of the Apes franchise.

    Great performances, fantastic restraint and craft as showcased by Reeves. The female characters are just kind of there and the finale is clunky, but at least it keeps in the Apes series tradition of cynical endings.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 11 Aug, 2014

    Though I feel like the kookiness is something of a put on and underneath it all is just another familiarly structured Marvel product, I definitely had fun, as obviously did pretty much the entire cast of this thing. Every time the film didn't feel the need to go through an exhausting, ready-made pre-vised action setpiece, Gunn really got to shine visually, would have loved to see more of that. And more of Drax. Drax rules.

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  • Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 17 Jan, 2013

    During 2012, there was more than one instance of a renowned film critic declaring the death of cinema. But I think it’s safe to say that while Quentin Tarantino is making films as great as Django Unchained, we can dispose of any such notion. There’s a lot to say about Tarantino’s epic dissection of slavery, but simply put, Django Unchained is cinema through and through.

    To not put it simply, with this film, Tarantino cements his position as modern cinema’s…

  • Chronicle 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 02 May, 2012 4

    I like CHRONICLE, I really do. But I bet had it not been done in the found footage format, I would have loved it. It's an original superhero story mashed with CARRIE and with just the right amount of Amblin spirit mixed in. And the gimmicky aesthetic just damn near ruins it. I'll give director Josh Trank some credit for cleverly going around the limitations of the format, especially in the end, but all that effort just begs the question…