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  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2014

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 29 May, 2016

    The current high-water mark of convincing CGI, as well as some of the best recent storytelling found outside of Pixar.

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 25 May, 2016 2

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

    A few missteps in an otherwise great film.

    The fake Marion death - Indy hard drinking part rings false, and going to suicide so quickly was forced. But the biggest issue is that nothing after the truck scene is better than anything before it. The third act is the weakest and least-exciting part of the movie, and Indy riding a submarine stretches disbelief to the extreme. I've also never appreciated the fact that Indy could have stayed at home doing…

  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1984

    ★★★★ Rewatched 22 May, 2016

    Why is Willie Scott even in this movie outside of the opening scene? She didn't have to leave Shanghai, Indiana Jones did. And they had no previous connection with one another, so why did she tag along? There is no story reason for that to happen. She's just there because the writers said so, not because the story said so. And all she has to offer are antiquated, cringe-worthy moments of a posh girl in a jungle, which this movie…

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    ★★★ Watched 15 May, 2016

    Dumb fun.

  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982

    ★★★★ Rewatched 12 May, 2016

    It's a shame that nobody uses the camera so perfectly and so creatively like this anymore - Spielberg included.

  • Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life

    Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life 2003

    ★★★ Watched 11 May, 2016

    It's hilarious how out-dated action movies from this era have become.

  • Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War 2016

    ★★★ Watched 10 May, 2016 6

    A bunch of invincible people punching one another is fun for about half an hour. The other two hours are tiring more than exciting, because when the punching stops, nothing has changed.

  • The Replacements

    The Replacements 2000

    ★★★ Watched 09 May, 2016

    Not bad. Not amazing, either.

  • Adventures in Babysitting

    Adventures in Babysitting 1987

    ★★★½ Watched 08 May, 2016 4

    Where are all the teen comedies today? Is nobody making films like this anymore? Do I have to go back in time to see kids being kids in a movie?

  • Hush

    Hush 2016

    ★★★ Watched 18 Apr, 2016 2

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

    Fun. Almost like a modern twist on Wait Until Dark mixed with a bit of The Strangers.

    But it's far from perfect.

    Unlike Wait Until Dark, where the heroine's disability is actually used against her, Hush fails to present the protagonist's deafness as a detriment. At what point was her inability to hear used against her? Perhaps to kick-start the story, but never afterward, and this irked me.

    There are plenty of opportunities to play this out, but none are…

  • Kiss of the Damned

    Kiss of the Damned 2012

    ★★★ Watched 02 Apr, 2016

    I dig the cinematography and the tone, and the use of music is exceptional. But there just isn't enough interesting stuff going on to carry my attention past the midpoint. The whole second half is junk.

    Beer: Left Hand 400 Pound Monkey - 4/5 (did I log this one yet?)

  • Time Lapse

    Time Lapse 2014

    ★★½ Watched 31 Mar, 2016

    Fascinating premise negated by amateurish screenwriting featuring bland characters speaking poor dialogue and doing dumb things. I'm glad I stopped caring long before the ending, which happened to be one of the dumbest I've seen in a long time.

    Beer: Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout - 3.5/5 (more stout than blueberry, less sweet than fruit witbiers which I appreciated)