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  • Ever After: A Cinderella Story

    Ever After: A Cinderella Story 1998

    ★★★½ Watched 02 Jan, 2016

    Additional half star for having a female lead with agency.

  • Dredd

    Dredd 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 05 Jul, 2013

    A benchmark for comic book movies. Not trying to recreate the original comic frame for frame, but translating the dark dystopian atmosphere into a gritty, extremely graphically violent action flick.
    Alas, very little space for humor, everything is dire, violent, hopeless.
    Bonus points for a strong female lead character, rookie Anderson, whom Dredd introduces into the profession of judging. She is shown to be strong, independent and competent.
    Also very nice: the drug use sequences which bring a bit of…

  • The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games 2012

    ★★½ Watched 10 May, 2013

    Interesting theme: A dystopian future state holds annual games where two young contestants from each of 12 districts fight each other to the death until only one remains.
    Even though this is heavy stuff the film does not manage to connect on an emotional level. It suffers from "Harry Potter" syndrome: Films based on a popular teen fiction franchise need to stuff a bunch of plot points from the books into the story. This seldom makes for a good film.…

  • Charade

    Charade 1963

    ★½ Rewatched 12 Apr, 2013

    Apparently every two years or so I get an itch to watch a movie with Audrey Hepburn because she's such a big deal to so many people. And every two years my choice is "Charade", because the reviews make it sound interesting. Unbeknownst to me I will have already seen this film two years ago and forgotten all about it.

    So while watching this I always have this eerie deja-vu feeling (because I have actually deja vued this film), trying…

  • 21 Jump Street

    21 Jump Street 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Jul, 2012

    This was loads of fun. Didn't know what to expect, as I never saw the original series this was based on.
    Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are sent to a High School as undercover cops to investigate a drug ring. Because the times have changed, their own high school experience being 7 years in the past, they have to come to terms with the fact that jocks are no longer cool and eco-warriors and nerds are the new kings among…

  • The Avengers

    The Avengers 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 29 Apr, 2012

    This was a bunch of fun. Of course it's a movie about grownups in weird costumes who are fighting against CGI aliens. So if that's not your cup of tea this movie is clearly not for you. But if you are looking for some action packed entertainment that does not take itself all too serious: this movie delivers great action and light hearted banter in spades.

  • Hugo

    Hugo 2011

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Mar, 2012

    Very beautiful images. Seems like every single frame was polished to perfection in post. The story was forgettable. I was always waiting for the girl from Kick-Ass (Chloe Moretz) to start calling everyone the C-word. She didn't, so that was a bit disappointing.

  • Chronicle

    Chronicle 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Mar, 2012

    Fun found-footage superhero yarn.

  • Pulp Fiction

    Pulp Fiction 1994

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 03 Mar, 2012

    Saw this in 1994, when I was 15. Rewatching it always reminds me what a formative experience that was. 2.5 hours, not one uninteresting minute in it.

  • Wet Hot American Summer

    Wet Hot American Summer 2001

    ★★★★ Watched 26 Feb, 2012

    Heard about this movie through the Podcast "Bullseye with Jesse Thorn" which has an entertaining interview with director David Wain. Thoroughly enjoyable, funny, absurd and packed with great comedians before their prime.

  • Four Lions

    Four Lions 2010

    ★★ Watched 11 Feb, 2012

    It's a comedy about four British suicide bombers. Doesn't get much darker than that. The wannabe mujaheddin and the authorities are both presented as fully incompetent. The film provided some chuckles, but it was also a tad boring towards the end, because the outcome was so predictable.

  • Mean Girls

    Mean Girls 2004

    ★★½ Watched 05 Feb, 2012

    I didn't like anyone in this film. And I am usually a fan of Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Lizzy Caplan's work.