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  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 2014

    ★★★ Watched 25 Mar, 2015

    All the bang with none of the emotional resolution. 90 minutes of fighting, 20 minutes of wrapping everything up, and it's suddenly over. Something about the way it ends is so big, yet so... Empty.

    Sure is pretty to look at, though.

  • Life Itself

    Life Itself 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 23 Mar, 2015

    Giving this anything less than a perfect rating would be insulting Roger Ebert's stunning life and the half a century he dedicated to film criticism. Two thumbs up.

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  • Battle Royale

    Battle Royale 2000

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 09 Sep, 2012

    To mention or attempt to compare this film to the Hunger Games would be doing a huge disservice to it. One film is pre-occupied with turning the concept of child murder into entertainment: Into building a sci-fi world around that concept, developing a straight-forward commentary about gladiatorial reality television, making it clear who the "good guys" and "bad guys" are within 5 minutes of the story starting, then throwing in the melodramatic love story here or there. The other film…

  • Airplane!

    Airplane! 1980

    ★★★★★ Watched 16 Aug, 2012 1

    No wonder this movie is always listed as one of the funniest ever made. It's completely random, it's stupid, it's irrelevant, it's got no character development whatsoever, and it's absolutely hilarious every step of the way.

    You really can't keep up with the jokes in Airplane. There's one every 20 seconds and every one is ridiculously funny. They're all really inventive and unique and you'll be saying to yourself "..the Hell?" half of the time with their irrelevance as you…