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  • Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Oct, 2014

    An excellently tense, inventive, smart adaptation of the book with some great lead performances by Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. It's let down slightly by oddly choppy editing that messes with the pacing (especially in the opening 10 minutes) and an ending that remains anti-climactic despite the way it perfectly accompanies the themes of imperfect relationships and the difficulties of marriage, but Gone Girl is yet another great Fincher film. Probably ranked somewhere in the middle of his overall filmography.

  • Wish I Was Here 2014

    ★★★ Watched 13 Sep, 2014

    It could've been worse. It could've been much, much better. Wish I Was Here is Zach Braff's attempt at heart-warmingly exploring ideas of following your dreams, destiny, faith, and trying to find a meaning to life, but the screenplay execution leaves much to be desired. God is constantly brought up in discussions in a way that feels forced and ham-fisted. There's an odd - and with the Hollywood context for the production and the story in mind, ironic - obsession…

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  • 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! 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…