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  • Knight of Cups

    Knight of Cups 2015

    Watched 26 Jun, 2016


  • Concussion

    Concussion 2015

    ★★½ Watched 24 Jun, 2016 2

    The most Hollywood-ized movie ever made.

    A film about chronic traumatic encephalopathy has a romantic subplot. That's pretty much all you need to know.

    Watch the PBS Frontline documentary League of Denial instead.

  • Deadpool

    Deadpool 2016

    ★★½ Watched 10 Jun, 2016

    Yes, there is such a thing as being too self-aware.

    But that is not nearly as egregious as the horrendous CGI. Colossus looks like he's made of clay. What the fuck? I didn't believe any of the stunts - if any of them were preformed for real - because nothing looked believable. The first moment I began to think something appeared believable, the shot cut to a new shot, a cut that severed the carotid artery of my suspension of…

  • X-Men: Apocalypse

    X-Men: Apocalypse 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 31 May, 2016 3

    A step down from DOFP and First Class, but still better than nearly every single thing Marvel Studios has put out. What I appreciated most was how "comic book-y" this movie is, and that made it fun in ways the super-cereal grimdark fluffs are not. I liked that. I also thought Apocalypse was a formidable threat, which is sadly - and oddly - absent from most superhero flicks. I found myself thinking "How are they going to beat this guy?",…

  • 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.