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  • Her

    Her 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 12 Oct, 2013

    Honestly, I can't even fully process Spike Jonze's latest. I will say, it is astounding that Hollywood studios can release garbage week after week, month after month...and then give the green light to something like Spike Jonze's Her. Kudos to Jonze, Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Megan Ellison (the fairy godmother of American cinema right now) and yes, even you Warner Bros. I feel bad for all of you who have to wait another 2-3 months to see it. It is most definitely one of the year's best.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 04 Aug, 2014 5

    So close...

    Another weak Marvel villain (or two...poor Karen Gillian). Too many sloppy action sequences. And dear god the constant explanations of plots, subplots, characters, settings, just kills the flow of this, especially in the first half. The tone is a bit wonky and it's more fun than funny. And on that subject, the not-quite-a-raccoon is not funny. In the slightest. That said...

    I can't believe a movie where the phrase "Dave Bautista and a CG tree voiced by…

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 06 Jan, 2014

    3 things I immediately take from THE WOLF OF WALL STREET:

    1.) There is perhaps more movie bang-for-the-buck in this than any other movie I've seen in the last year. There's just so much movie here, it's bursting at the seams.

    2.) The only way WOLF promotes or glorifies Jordan Belfort and what goes on in the film is if you find any or all of it appealing. There is so much drug use, I gagged a bit towards the…

  • Gravity

    Gravity 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 04 Oct, 2013 2

    Dazzling tech demo stretched into a fairly nondescript disaster movie.

    If you're one of those people comparing this to Kubrick's 2001 then you deserve to be punched in the face. I find it insulting that one of the medium's greatest thematic and symbolic works of art is being compared with a more technically dazzling version of Apollo 13.

    Don't get me wrong, I liked Gravity and I sat in literally the most perfect seats imaginable (back row, dead center Lincoln…

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 09 Apr, 2014

    Boy, I seem to have boxed myself into a corner by being so generous to the Thor movies (both of them). Frankly, I think both Captain America movies blow those out of the water (probably the Iron Man films as well, in hindsight) and honestly are on par more with The Avengers than any of the other MCU installments. Personally, I think I slightly prefer the more art deco, comic book-y style and spirit of The First Avenger and the…

  • Moonrise Kingdom

    Moonrise Kingdom 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 23 Oct, 2012

    Easily one of the best films of 2012 and Wes Anderson's best since The Royal Tenenbaums. Charming, funny, but still retaining that trademark Anderson deadpan and style which works better and is more modulated here. The performances are wonderful, particularly from the child actors (which is a credit to them and to Anderson). One of only a handful of films from the past year which I would love to watch multiple times in a year. Just a lovely film and a great fantastical version of childhood, summers, camps and first loves.

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey 1968

    ★★★★★ Added

    The grandfather of modern science fiction, it stands as Kubrick's magnum opus. It is simply unlike anything before it and remains one-of-a-kind to this day.

  • Edge of Tomorrow

    Edge of Tomorrow 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Jun, 2014

    Oh man, you guys. So good. SO GOOD. Almost exactly what I want from this kind of Summer Blockbuster. Nearly everything about this works from the strong visuals to the tight direction and editing to the quality cast and performances taking a good, light script and making it work even better. Folks who skipped out on this don't know what they missed.

    Also, there's a surprising level of depth you can mine from this (if you want to, it's not…

  • American Hustle

    American Hustle 2013

    ★★ Watched 14 Jan, 2014 2

    You all have been hoodwinked by a plethora of con men, both fictional and real. That's the only explanation I can come up with.

    What a mess.

  • Pacific Rim

    Pacific Rim 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 12 Jul, 2013

    It's fun, but it's also pretty slight. Not GDT's best film (not even close) and I was having trouble getting into it until the big Hong Kong battle royale at the midway point. You get used to its style, but I don't really understand why nearly every action/battle scene had to be done at night and in the rain.

    I kind of wish the kaiju design was a bit more varied as - except for a few distinguishing differences -…

  • Iron Man 3

    Iron Man 3 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 03 May, 2013

    I expected a lot of things from IRON MAN 3, but I'm not sure I expected a Marvel TERMINATOR comedy. Not that that's a bad thing. It plays way more like a comedy than I thought it would, even with Shane Black at the helm.

    There are some dark aspects to it, but the trailers were a bit misleading since it really doesn't show all the banter and one-liners. Again, that's not a bad thing. Nice surprise actually. It honestly…

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012

    ★★★★ Rewatched 28 Dec, 2012

    Second viewing was in 48fps. And it was...weird. It's the best-looking 3D image I've seen from a technical standpoint. I never had to readjust my glasses or head (and since I wear regular glasses, that matters) and it was just such an easy viewing experience. That said, while I didn't hate the HFR, I never got used to it. I suppose it's possible this might be "the norm" 10-15 years from now and we'll look back at the hand-wringing as…