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  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 2015

    ★★★ Watched 30 Mar, 2016

    The least interesting film of the series, I think. Felt more like a series of set-pieces with only cursory attention paid to character development.

    Fun as an action film, but a bit of a let-down.

  • Creed

    Creed 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 20 Mar, 2016

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Very well done. This film was incredibly well shot, had a lot of heart, and kept the spirit of the original Rocky alive while maintaining a thoroughly modern feel. I especially enjoyed the scenes in which Adonis was caring for Rocky during his cancer treatments, which were both a riff on the traditional training montage, and a great expression of masculine and filial intimacy. Throughout the entire film--and those scenes in particular--I was constantly reminded of Thomas Page McBee's excellent article on boxing, violence, masculinity, and bonding/community: qz.com/613980/why-men-fight-an-empirical-investigation-of-the-extremes-of-masculinity/

    In short, not just a great boxing film, but a great film.

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  • Phantoms

    Phantoms 1998

    ★★★ Rewatched 06 Feb, 2016

    Mediocre film, but Affleck was the bomb.

  • Our Brand Is Crisis

    Our Brand Is Crisis 2015

    ★★½ Watched 06 Feb, 2016

    Meh. There was an episode of Leverage a few years ago that was very similar, and was actually better.

    This might have worked better if, like Thank You For Smoking, the film had stuck to its guns. Instead we get a frame story about a blonde lady trying to be the conscience of Latin America...