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  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2007

    ★★★½ Rewatched 08 Apr, 2014

    The largest book is heavily trimmed for this film. But Umbridge is still represented as the most hated character in this universe. That terrifying giggle and all that pink that makes you feel like your brain is going to melt from the inside. I was surprised at how little Ron and Hermione are given to do in the film. This is mostly Harry's journey through the rage-filled-PTSD-but-he-still-is-into-girls phase of his story. Mostly compelling, and David Yates proves why he is there to stay at the helm.

    Oh, and "Nice one, James" is the most heartbreaking non-book line the movies have ever produced.

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 05 Apr, 2014

    Do I think that superhero films are almost to the point of over-saturation? Yes. But it's hard to be mad at Marvel for making more films when Phase 2 is on track to eclipse Phase 1 in terms of quality. Iron Man 3 is clearly better than Iron Man 2, which is still their worst release. Thor: The Dark World struck a much better balance than its predecessor. And now The Winter Soldier blows The First Avenger out of the…

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  • Inside Llewyn Davis 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 30 Mar, 2014

    The Coens deliver something simply, but something that I thing will stay with me for a while. Llewyn's weariness and desperation have quite an impact, and it's a relief to see him release some of it through everyone of his songs. Performing is both the cause and the cure for his grief and that creates a very interesting journey to watch.

  • Castello Cavalcanti 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 13 Nov, 2013

    Seven and a half minutes of Wes Anderson and Jason Schwartzman is better than no minutes.