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  • 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…

  • The Fault in Our Stars 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Sep, 2014

    ...oh thank God. The trailer really had me worried for a second. They didn't screw it up.

    At times the dialogue - mostly on Gus' par - swings into the cheesy (the inclusion of the 'it's a metaphor' cigarette that Gus keeps in his mouth and never lights never ceases to be cringe-worthy) due to the completely serious and sincere way they're delivered, but the Fault in our Stars remains a very solid adaptation of a fantastic book. Funny, moving, poignant, well cast, admittedly slightly manipulative, and pretty damn good. Even if the direction is a bit too boring.

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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…