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  • 47 Ronin 2013

    ★★½ Watched 15 Apr, 2014

    I liked this much better than another high profile money loser last year. That said, I do at times wonder if the way films featuring samurai invariably treat that culture very reverently, when it certainly fostered a stunning amount of brutality. I know, I'm thinking too much about a mega-budget movie starring Keanu Reeves, and "The Matrix" sequels already provoked the world into doing too much of that.

  • Twilight 1998

    ★★ Watched 13 Apr, 2014

    "I'm broke. You're overextended."

    The most interesting part of this neo-noir is the uneasy, violent coexistence of the haves and have-nots, a theme that doubtlessly appealed to the very lefty Paul Newman. But otherwise, this is a film that brazenly coasts on the charm of it's leading man, not bothering much with complex characterizations or believable plot points because, hey, Paul Newman! People hate him, love him, give him a free pass, kick his ass, and fuck him just because,…

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  • Live Free or Die Hard 2007

    ★★★½ Watched 27 Jun, 2007 2

    Myopic fanboys largely just complained that this didn't have enough profanity, but as an exciting look at another bad day for Willis' John McClane, this does the trick. Wiseman's competent handling of action scenes is bolstered by Willis' enthusiastic performance, while the pacing makes it feel leaner than it actually is. Serious foul with the fighter jet/semi-truck battle, though, a scene so stupid and unnecessary that it nearly wrecks the climax.

  • Rampart 2011

    ★½ Watched 31 Jul, 2012 1

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