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  • Battle in Seattle 2007

    ★★★½ Added

    Here's my take on Battle of Seattle, Stuart Townsend's recreation of the WTO protests... and how it rekindled my deeply conflicted feelings about political protests and political activism in the Pacific Northwest.

  • Blue Ruin 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 12 Oct, 2014 2

    "That's what bullets do."

    A solid, riveting, nail-biter of a revenge thriller. It builds suspense so assuredly that its swift bursts of humor are as shocking as its gory blasts of violence. And the more intense it gets, the funnier it gets.

    It refrains, thank goodness, from glorifying revenge or valorizing the revenge-seeker. We can feel empathy for him while objecting all along to the stupid decisions he makes, laughing in grim dismay as he makes bad situations worse.

    I…

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  • The World's End 2013

    ★★★★ Rewatched 29 Aug, 2013 1

    I'm not the first person to say it, but it's true — this film, like the two before it, is designed to be seen a second time, when viewers will realize just how every fleeting moment either foretells upcoming events, sets up elaborate jokes, or reveals a punchline for a joke yet to be told. It's the fastest-moving, most confidently scripted and edited film I've seen this year. And the action scenes are dizzyingly joyous. When was the last time…

  • Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★ Watched 04 Oct, 2014 1

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.