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  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl 2014

    Watched 29 May, 2015

    So all I knew about this was that Ben Affleck's wife disappears. There's, um, a lot more to it than that. I did anticipate most (though not all!) of the twists, but in the good way where you feel satisfyingly just barely ahead of the characters and right in sync with the filmmakers.

    One question. What was with the repeated (almost exactly) bit where Nick and then Amy heard a knock, then opened the door to nothing? It's literally the same camera setup and editing both times. Just building parallels?

    Oh, and with this I just re-completed David Fincher's filmography. So there's that.

  • The Rocketeer

    The Rocketeer 1991

    Watched 23 May, 2015

    What do gangsters, Nazi, spies, actors, pilots, the FBI, and Howard Hughes have in common? They all want a jetpack. I mean, really, don't we all?

    A fun throwback to 1930s serials, that pretty much hits all my favorite thing buttons. Can't believe I put off watching this until now.

    My souvenirs:

    "He's the best captain in the German army" immediately before he gets knocked right out of the blimp. Oops.
    Oh, and BTW, there's a Nazi blimp just hanging out over the Griffith Park Observatory.
    Valentine, the gangster leader. Loved him.

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  • Iron Man 2

    Iron Man 2 2010

    ★★ Watched 26 Apr, 2012 2

    I figured I'd go ahead and watch this before The Avengers comes out, since I had missed it in theatres the year it came out. "Missed" isn't the right word. I heard bad things about it and opted not to go. And yeah, this movie is pretty boring, especially for an action movie. There are only like two and a half actual action scenes in it.

    The first hour or so I was kind of bored stiff - there were…

  • The Raid

    The Raid 2011

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Mar, 2012 1

    For a little while I was afraid I'd misheard and it was gonna be all guns, which would've been boring and just needlessly violent (in a boring way). But then the hand-to-hand stuff started, and all of that was awesome. So yeah. Just enough story to string a nearly 100-minute long fight scene on, and that was enough. Also, it was surprisingly well-paced for basically being a long fight scene, with some breather sections in there at just the right times. Definitely had fun with this.