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  • Heavyweights

    Heavyweights 1995

    ★★½ Watched 22 Nov, 2016

    One of the "kid power" movies of the 1990s. What separates this one from the others is the edge it has compared to the other movies from that era of Disney family flicks. These kids do genuinely talk like middle schoolers do, and their sense of solidarity come across nicely. Also the goofiness of Ben Stiller's Tony Perkis and Lars gives it an additional sense of goofiness that's a pleasure to watch.

    The downside of the film is that it does stick to the same plot mechanics of similar movies. There's even a competition at the end for the sake of the formula.

    Mild recommendation.

  • Midnight Special

    Midnight Special 2016

    Watched 10 Sep, 2016

    Not a review, but a comment: Jeff Nichols love for rural scenery will always get me to view his movies. Oh, and Michael Shannon too!

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  • Fantastic Voyage

    Fantastic Voyage 1966

    Watched 19 Aug, 2014

    I've obsorbed this plot before via an episode of the magic school bus, yet I was still eager to go along with the perils of the journey and marvel at the scenery of the human circulatory system. I gotta give the color photography it's due here for making the scenery pop, along with the psychedelic footage of red blood cells. Even though you can see how the sets were conceivably constructed, it doesn't take away from how well done they…

  • Monsters

    Monsters 2010

    ★★★ Watched 10 Jun, 2014

    What I liked most about this movie is how well the dystopian society of Mexico is made to look. Maybe because aside from monsters, it really isn't all that much different. I could see an argument that Monsters is a movie about the country's drug war, though you'd have to forget about that ending.