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  • Big Hero 6 2014

    ★★★ Watched 29 Nov, 2014

    Big Hero 6 shyly tips its hat to the likes of Wreck-it Ralph and basically any film by Brad Bird, but never really grabs ahold of enough storytelling ingenuity of its own to stand out as anything unique or particularly memorable. That's not to say that the characters aren't memorable; Baymax is probably the most iconic robotic personality since Wall-E or the Iron Giant! In fact, it is during the sequences most reminiscent of that early Brad Bird classic that…

  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Nov, 2014

    I hesitate to say much in regards to these films simply because, though I thoroughly enjoy them, I'm too far removed from the fan bandwagon to care enough. No, I haven't read the books and I'm probably not going to. No, I don't want to hear how it's going to end. I can't remember most of the fine details that happened in the previous two films and I simply don't care enough to go back and rewatch them.

    But hot…

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  • Mulholland Drive 2001

    ★★★★ Watched 10 Feb, 2014 12

    You know, this actually made sense to me. I was bracing for a fevered surrealist nightmare, but this felt much more like a coherent narrative than anything else.

    I found myself eerily reminded of Bergman's Persona more than once - was that just me? Not only a sense that the two lead women might just be the same person, but a similarly energetic claustrophobia that pulsates in the silences between them. There's sexual energy, but there's also sincere compassion and…

  • Nymphomaniac: Vol. I 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Mar, 2014 2

    I have a new theory about Lars. It has to do with his flagrant tendency to force the hand of his narrative into impossible contortions until morality is thrust into the frame, naked and trembling, daring you to feel emotional involvement with actors on a film set.

    Take Uma Thurman's scene. Only an idiot would script such a ridiculously contrived scenario: the wife of an adulterous man brings their three sons into the apartment of her husband's whore so they…