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  • A Monster Calls

    A Monster Calls 2016

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 03 Dec, 2016

    Bumped up to 5 stars on a second viewing. This is an exquisite movie.

  • Nocturnal Animals

    Nocturnal Animals 2016

    ★★ Watched 03 Dec, 2016

    I don't make claims that this is a bad movie, but it certainly isn't one I can say I enjoyed or appreciated. First half is familiar territory--Funny Games, Clockwork Orange, Straw Dogs, horror movie kind of stuff.

    After that? I like Amy Adams and Michael Shannon, but it struck me as all mood.

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 13 May, 2015

    "If you can't fix what's broken..."

    Fully satisfying as to theme, this is a throwback only in the sense that it reminds us of how much more thrilling stunts are than special effects. The choreography and editing is off-the-charts good...and a welcome relief to those of us weary of the uberfrenetic shot sequencing of Avengers and such.

    This is essentially one long chase scene, but backstory and theme are interspersed, and it's the rare action movie that shows rather than…

  • Brooklyn

    Brooklyn 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 27 Nov, 2015

    My notes while watching Brooklyn:

    Well, so, probably not my thing, but it's awards season, so I'll try to get in another movie tonig....hmmm, that's a really nice opening...yeah, that was really well done...you know, I do sort of like this movie's color palette....oh that's nifty turn there....wow, Ronan has always been good but this is a whole new level....who directed this?....who wrote this, oh, that explains a big part of it....you know that's a really nice moment there with…