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  • Gravity 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 11 Oct, 2013

    Technically stunning, but a plot and characters as thin as the air in space. More about sensation than real emotion.

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Mar, 2014

    Not exactly sure where this will fit into my love of other Wes Anderson films just yet. Simultaneously sillier, darker and more profane than anything he's done yet. Still, wildly enjoyable and I'm eager for another viewing already.

  • Skyfall 2012

    ★★★ Watched 11 Nov, 2012

    Overlong, disappointingly flabby and inane plot. Didn't see QoS, but this is a big step down from Casino Royale. Can't see where they'll go from here, really.

  • Pacific Rim 2013

    ★★ Watched 21 Jul, 2013

    Deeply deeply stupid. Cliches + exposition + f/x. Even the battles became tedious. This is the summer underdog I was supposed to defend?

  • Looper 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 03 Nov, 2012

    Fantastic. Especially if you take the director's implicit advice and don't try to dissect it to death.

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 29 Dec, 2012

    48fps 3D was intermittently distracting, as was the strange lighting it seems to require. But a solid adventure tale that is still about 30 minutes too long. Blanchett and McKellen shine, and Freeman is sturdy as required.

  • The World's End 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Nov, 2013

    Maybe I'm just catching up with Edgar Wright, but I enjoyed this the most of all three Cornetto films. Or maybe I just like pub crawls.

  • The Master 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 20 Oct, 2012

    Needs a rewatch or two, but I found it a compellingly strange love story. Freddie Quell is the best film character I've seen on the screen in a long time. Great performances all around. Dodd/Quell are mirror images, brothers, lovers, father and son. So many facets.

  • Zero Dark Thirty 2012

    ★★★ Watched 17 Feb, 2013

    Text. No context. No subtext. :(

  • Boyhood 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 02 Mar, 2014

    Distractingly filled with pop culture references and musical cues to forcefully remind us exactly what year we're in, as if the actor growing up before our eyes isn't enough to convey that, you know, TIME IS PASSING.

    Seeing this at True/False, a nonfiction film festival, was revelatory. After a few days in which I saw incredible and interesting narratives that were portrayed by real people, this fictional film had a "story" so banal as to make it feel like a…

  • Interstellar 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 04 Nov, 2014

    Admire Nolan's reach even when it exceeds his grasp. Some nice sections and performances, much more character development than GRAVITY, but still ends up just a little bit conventional for me.

  • Prisoners 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 04 Jan, 2014 1

    Disappointing, diagrammatic Hollywood filmmaking from a director with much more to offer.