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  • Lucy 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Feb, 2015

    ‘Lucy’ is an interesting concept that is executed fairly well. If you roll with the tone of the film (it wasn’t hard for me considering the way Besson sets the tone early on), you can mostly overlook its countless plot-holes and general ridiculousness. One thing that did irk me was the laziness of some of the storytelling; the use of Morgan Freeman’s lectures to provide exposition was a distraction and only succeeded in taking me out of the film.

    But…

  • Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Feb, 2015

    Faithful to the book in terms of both plot and themes (relationships, impressions, expectations), “Gone Girl” is slick, stunning, and entirely gripping. Having read the book beforehand I was wary of what my enjoyment level would be, but I was completely enthralled even knowing all plot points in advance.

    This is essentially a genre picture, but what really sets it apart for me, other than Fincher’s expert direction, is the strength in character. There are multiple characters (husband, wife, in-laws,…

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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 14 Jul, 2014

    Charming and fun who-dunnit. The usual attention to detail, offbeat humor, and quirky Anderson style are all there. Mixed with interesting animation, period jumping, and aspect ratio tinkering, this is a great watch.

  • Skyfall 2012

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 06 Jul, 2014

    Works as a spy film, action film, revenge film, and siege film. Does a good job at taking relatively small stakes (for a Bond film), and blowing them up on a grander scale. So easily digestible, this film is fun to watch, has the just the right amount of humor, and is the best looking Bond film ever.