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  • Ant-Man

    Ant-Man 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 23 Jul, 2015

    Could have been a great Edgar Wright film
    Ended up being Peyton Reed's greatest film

    That's not just because Edgar Wright's fingerprints are all over Ant-Man, although that's a plus. Ant-Man is different, Ant-Man is grounded, and, most importantly, Ant-Man is hilarious.

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015

    ★★★ Watched 23 Jul, 2015

    The messier sequel to the 2012 hit that is bigger, more destructive, and more dysfunctional. One thing I can always commend Marvel for, and they show it particularly here in Avengers: Age of Ultron, is that all the destruction and dysfunction has repercussions. Not retroactive repercussions like what DC is doing with Man of Steel fallout being felt in a separate film. Heroes feel guilt, fear, and anger for those hurt by their city-leveling brawls and the world reacts too.…

  • You're Next

    You're Next 2011

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 21 Jul, 2015

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Pure inventive and gory fun. Seemingly "eat-the-rich" premise, but You're Next proves to be much more cannibalistic than that. Bickering amongst family doesn't stop, even when blood is shed. Bickering intensifies with bloodshed until the family autocannibalizes. Stylish, smart, and actually hilarious.

  • Sabrina

    Sabrina 1954

    ★★★½ Watched 20 Jul, 2015

    Sabrina isn't as cynical, subversive, or even as crass as Billy Wilder's other features, but it makes up for it with its charm, which it has in spades.

  • 7 Days in Hell

    7 Days in Hell 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 12 Jul, 2015

    Stupid
    Ridiculous
    Outrageous
    But I'd be lying if I said it wasn't hilarious. 7 Days in Hell is the dumbest (but still funny) thing to come from HBO since Mr. Show. From its ludicrous celebrity cameos and bit parts to its total absurdity, 7 Days in Hell is a totally effective comedy. Everything, the costuming, the script, the acting, Andy Samberg's hair, etc., has been pushed so far beyond the envelope that the best two words to describe it are "stupid" and "genius".
    But its still pretty much insane.

  • Jupiter Ascending

    Jupiter Ascending 2015

    ★★½ Watched 02 Jul, 2015

    The Wachowskis have consistently shown to be a strong counterpoint to the "practical vs computer effects" debate as CG seems to always compliment their visual aesthetics. Even in Jupiter Ascending, largely considered their worst picture, their bold direction and (heavy CG) visual style lift this pulpy sci-fi mess from a laughable failure to, at times, an impressive attempt.

  • Terminator Genisys

    Terminator Genisys 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 30 Jun, 2015

    This remix of the first two Terminator films is far better than it should be. Like other soft-reboots or retoolings or whatever, Terminator Genisys calls back to great moments of its past incarnations while, also, deviating from them too. The Terminator series particularly lends itself to this considering the repetitious nature of the franchise ("I'll be back", "Come with me if you want to live", etc) as well as the paradoxical and recursive nature of time travel. The threat is…

  • Trainwreck

    Trainwreck 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 24 Jun, 2015

    There is a moment in Trainwreck where Amy Schumer and Bill Hader recreate a shot from Woody Allen's Manhattan and, spoilers, Amy says "This must be where Woody Allen met Soon-Yi" and then she gives Bill Hader a blowjob.

    This establishes Trainwreck's ideal place in the romantic comedy canon. It captures the vulgar zeitgeist while still recognizing the much more tame romantic comedies that came before it. Trainwreck follows the familiar beats of a romantic comedy while subverting and being…

  • Weekend at Bernie's

    Weekend at Bernie's 1989

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Jun, 2015

    A terrible shame that this movie from 1989 is the last great physical comedy film (barring Jackie Chan action movies) that I can think of and the closest we've gotten to since has been comedies with fat-guy-fall-down antics.

  • Kingsman: The Secret Service

    Kingsman: The Secret Service 2015

    ★★★ Watched 20 Jun, 2015

    The fun, winking, callback to a simpler and more "fun" era meets the excessive violence and vulgarity of today. The main satisfaction found in Kingsman: The Secret Service more in the "fun" aspects, including the excellently choreographed fight sequences, and the (excessively pointed out) culture clash between the upper and lower classes. Kingsman however, finds so much pride in itself by deconstructing everything from spy movies to how to pick up a girl from a bar and while at times it is humorous (that My Fair Lady line exchanged between Firth and Egerton was brilliant) often I found it as over-highlighted as the rich/poor dichotomy.

  • Speed Racer

    Speed Racer 2008

    ★★★★★ Watched 12 Jun, 2015

    Like many have commented before, Speed Racer has a similar aesthetic to Scott Pilgrim vs The World, but while Scott Pilgrim vs The World will be a cult classic that will stand the test of time, Speed Racer is the unlikely awesome work of beauty that excites, thrills, and simply amazes. It is completely unbelievable that this film was so critically panned at the time of it's release. The CG heavy nature of the film and the eccentric style of…

  • God Help the Girl

    God Help the Girl 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 05 Jun, 2015

    By some miracle, first time director Stuart Murdoch managed to capture a certain stylishness and charm in, not just the leads, but in the entirety of God Help the Girl that is downright magical. Feels like Bande à part's dancing sequence, which was totally whimsical and joyful, was stretched out over the course of about two hours and given a fashionable English aesthetic. Huge admiration for the costume department for creating this lovely twee world for the players to inhabit.…