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  • King Kong

    King Kong 2005

    ★★ Rewatched 29 Nov, 2016

    Remember being ecstatic about this upon initial release, probably because my young and easily impressionable mind was easily swooned by the spectacle and impeccable CGI (which still holds up remarkably well).

    A rewatch, however, reveals a 90 minute story at best being stretched out with seemingly endless and, narrative wise, completely useless and repetitive creature action.

    tl;dr - my younger self is a dumbass

  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture

    Star Trek: The Motion Picture 1979

    ★★ Watched 15 Nov, 2016

    Gene Roddenberry: So, we have to introduce Trek to an audience beyond our loyal, yet small and niche fanbase. But we have the money to realize concepts beyond anything we'd ever done on the original series. So far, all I've got is this script for the scrapped pilot of a new Trek show, but there's story only for, like, 50 minutes here, so we can build on...

    Robert Wise: No, let's shoot that pilot script! It's perfect!

    Gene: But it's…

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  • Django Unchained

    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

    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…