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  • The First Time

    The First Time 2012

    ★★½ Watched 23 Jul, 2015

    The only thing I think of when I think back to this movie is that it's both realistic and unrealistic but that is never a very illuminating thing to say, no matter how true. Does it help to say that it's more unrealistic than not? Probably not. In any case, if you want to watch a coming-of-age story, this wouldn't be in my first 50 suggestions. To be fair, that's a figure of speech because with my swiss-cheese memory I…

  • It Follows

    It Follows 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 29 Jul, 2015

    When I read some of the blurbs on this movie, I thought the critics were definitely blowing steam up my hoo-ha. I thought, Oh boy, here comes the 2015 version of The Babadook. I thought, Really, a car? Rubber didn't satisfy the masses of automobile horror lovers?" (This, because I didn't bother to watch the trailer after seeing the movie poster and assuming the menacing car was somehow the Bogeyman.) But then I saw some of the music sites that…

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  • The Lego Movie

    The Lego Movie 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Feb, 2014

    I don't know why I resisted laughing in the beginning of this movie but I stopped being a party pooper at the appearance of the $37 cup of coffee. I especially loved the ridiculous dei ex machina when they were momentarily stuck out on the sea. Perhaps blasphemy to some but this felt like a nimbler rendering of the story the emotionally cumbersome Wreck-It Ralph tried to tell.

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Nov, 2014

    As someone who read the book, I had my own preconceived notions of what Nick and Amy would look like or what Amy's diary voice would sound like. Though my version of Amy was a bit more shrill (yes, shrewlike) with a more constant state of narrowed eyes, Rosamund Pike brought a more subtle (and better, I admit) version to life that captivated me from the get-go. I mainly remember Pike as virtue personified in her role as Jane Bennet…