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  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 2014

    ★★ Watched 20 Nov, 2014

    As the awkward title suggests, Mockingly is quite literally half a movie. The movie isn't bloated so much as it is stretched out. Excepting the first ten minutes or so and the last thirty, almost nothing on screen is needed.

    While Catching Fire (the previous installment) leaves the fates of the heroes in relative uncertainty, Mockingjay pretty quickly drops them into boring, static compound sets which are occasionally broken up by sets of rubble or streams.

    This movie isn't split…

  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 2013

    ★★★★ Rewatched 20 Nov, 2014

    The second film in the Hunger Games series was a lot better the second time around. Francis Lawrence knows his way around a movie much better than Gary "Shake the Camera" Ross, and it shows. It's leaner, better-acted all around, and actually manages to afford some weight to the tragedy of the circumstances.

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  • The Prestige 2006

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 22 Nov, 2012

    It was really weird to me when people would say they didn't understand Inception, but if they saw it again, they'd probably get it. It's not a hard movie to understand. The only truly confusing part is the first thirty minutes, but once Cobb explains everything to Ariadne, the audience proxy, it's not hard to follow at all. Every part of the movie's logic is explained at least three times, which becomes detrimental to rewatches.

    The Prestige is less easy…

  • The Devil and Daniel Johnston 2005

    ★★★★★ Watched 05 Sep, 2012

    I've never listened to any of Daniel Johnston's music, but this documentary puts you in his head and doesn't let you escape even when the demons come. You see the people who inadvertently hurt him and the people he inadvertently hurt. You see a musician's descent into madness. It's heartbreaking at points. I don't think there's anything sadder than seeing a father crying because he doesn't feel like he can do anything to help his son. But it's heartwarming. It's the story of a deeply troubled musician, but it's a story of love too.