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  • School of Rock

    School of Rock 2003

    Rewatched 22 Sep, 2016

    Broadway musical is better.

  • The Magnificent Seven

    The Magnificent Seven 2016

    ★★ Watched 19 Sep, 2016

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Who watches the original Magnificent Seven and says, "You know what this movie really needs? A machine gun!"

    Antoine Fuqua, that's who.

    The appropriation of Christian language and themes are borderline offensive in their inversion of the actual content of New Testament theology, but kudos to Andrew Johnson for pointing out at least one way the film is genuinely (politically) subversive. (Hint: It has to do with an "army" with the best up-to-date weapons of mass destruction being bested by a suicide bomber.)

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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…