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  • Jupiter Ascending 2015

    Watched 28 Feb, 2015

    Yeah, I liked it.

  • Witness for the Prosecution 1957

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 21 Feb, 2015

    Ah, I love a good courtroom drama, and this is one of the best. I'd forgotten some of the twists, even, so it was nice and juicy, plus Laughton as always is a treasure.

  • The Karate Kid, Part II 1986

    Watched 14 Feb, 2015

    I quite enjoyed this followup (I first saw The Karate Kid just a few months ago), with its exploration of Miyagi's past in Okinawa, even if I'll admit that part of my enjoyment was playfully pointing out some pretty ridiculous plot points and overly enthusiastic characterization. Still, Miyagi is so very watchable and Daniel's okay too, so I found it charming.

  • The Apartment 1960

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 07 Feb, 2015

    Yep, still good. That's the way it crumbles, cookie-wise.

  • Cool Runnings 1993

    Watched 31 Jan, 2015 2

    Somehow never managed to see this before. I tend not to like sports movies, but the Olympics continue to be exempted from that, as I found this charming and effective.

    Reading up a bit on the actual story, though...did the accuracy police get all over this when it came out? Because hoo boy.

  • Fedora 1978

    Watched 29 Jan, 2015

    This is like an almost even more morbid version of Sunset Boulevard.

    "The ending is essential. It's what people remember. The final exit, the last close-up. The legend must go on."

    Souvenir: The one moment Mme Fedora seems truly happy, watching her daughter excitedly accept an honorary Oscar on her behalf. Of course, this has a sickly dark side to it as well, like most things in this movie do.

  • Lucy 2014

    Watched 24 Jan, 2015

    Really enjoyed it - Luc Besson's crazy sensibilities usually mesh with mine pretty well. I thought it was really interesting that as her mental capacity increased, her empathy decreased proportionally. Sort of the opposite image of Leeloo in The Fifth Element, who almost couldn't go on with her mission after being overwhelmed with emotion when she saw the embattled history of humanity. Leeloo is essentially a god confronted with humanness, while Lucy is a human who becomes god-like. Of course,…

  • Life After Beth 2014

    Watched 17 Jan, 2015

    More enjoyable than I expected, to be quite honest, although I expected Aubrey Plaza to carry it for me and really, she didn't - Dane Dehane did. I mean, it's his story so he needed to, but I wasn't sure he had it in him. The story goes some...places...but after some resistance a couple of times, I just let my self go along with it and it turned out pretty cute for the most part. Also an interesting and unusual…

  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 2014

    Watched 11 Jan, 2015 1

    Really enjoyed it. Solid end to a solid trilogy.

  • Cloud Atlas 2012

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 10 Jan, 2015

    Yep, still an incredible watch.

  • Five Graves to Cairo 1943

    Watched 08 Jan, 2015

    Field Marshall Rommel vs. a left-behind British soldier the Germans think is a German spy. Nicely suspenseful spy story, with the bland but likable Franchot Tone playing both sides while an unfortunately underdeveloped (and overaccented) Anne Baxter is alternately antagonist and supportive of him. I'm a fan of Baxter, and she does well with what she's given, but her character is too thin, with insufficient motivation for her initial anger or her turn, undercutting the otherwise stirring ending a bit.…

  • In a World... 2013

    Watched 03 Jan, 2015

    Sometimes falls a bit into the Sundancey-quirky aesthetic that I'm starting to grow out of, but by and large quite charming.

    Souvenir - When Geena Davis (cool casting there, BTW) talks to Carol in the bathroom at the awards. Interesting way to take the theme.