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  • Devin Townsend - The Retinal Circus 2013

    ★★★★ Rewatched 03 Feb, 2014

    A pretty damn amazing, live retrospective of Devin Townsend's music making career, including some Strapping Young Lad, and the inclusion of his old mentor, Steve Vai, as the show's narrator is a cool tip of the hat.

    Both the DVD & BD prints present extremely crisp picture and sound (probably the more important of the two for a live music show), but the actual stage production clearly shows off its shoe-string budget, coming across as a poor high school musical. Depending…

  • Seeking a Friend for the End of the World 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 30 Jan, 2014

    A weird melange of styles, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World starts as a pretty jovial, oncoming-Apocalypse comedy, but manages to wend its way to a melancholic, and quite touching conclusion.

    Backed by a pretty great soundtrack, Steve Carell and Keira Knightley play their parts admirably, and some of the staging really is quite beautiful.

    While the script can occasionally slip a little too far into the hipster-douchebag-"how amazing are records!?" realm for my tastes, writer, and first time director Lorene Scafaria delivers a solid journey of self-discovery and redemption, with more than a few laughs thrown in for good measure.

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  • The Dark Knight Rises 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 19 Jul, 2012 3

    "Review contains spoilers"...well, no it doesn't...but I don't want to detract from your enjoyment with my gripes.

    Short version:

    Good. Parts were great, the last 45 minutes especially, but the whole...good.

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    I went in with really high, hyped up expectations...and it didn't meet them. It's by no means a *bad* film.

    The word that constantly comes to mind is "messy". I think Nolan just tried to get too many plates to spin at…

  • Clue 1985

    ★★★★ Rewatched 01 Apr, 2012 1

    Still as funny the tenth time through as the first (in fact it's probably better). Hilarious dialogue zings between the ensemble cast and Tim Curry's Wadsworth steals practically every scene he's in. The multiple endings add a nice twist to the proceedings, too.