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  • Blackhat

    Blackhat 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 05 Apr, 2015

    Begins with images of lights -- computer signals -- moving inexorably through strange architecture; ends with images of lights -- men holding lit torches -- moving through strange architecture. But not-so-inexorably.

  • Oldboy

    Oldboy 2013

    ★★★ Watched 23 Feb, 2015 3

    It's not like the original was any great shakes.

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  • Beasts of the Southern Wild

    Beasts of the Southern Wild 2012

    ★★ Watched 06 Jan, 2013 10

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Hey girl. Sorry you're too young and too small to do anything about global warming, your poverty, your father's horrendous parenting style, your missing mom, your terrible schooling, your community's penchant for alcoholism and general unwindulaxing, and being inculcated with values that emphasize the masculine ("beast it") to the detriment of the feminine ("don't be a pussy"). Oh yeah, and your father dying.

    But hey! You stood up to some imaginary monster pigs, so good for you.

  • Dredd

    Dredd 2012

    ★½ Watched 15 Apr, 2013 9

    Okay hotshots, pop quiz: you’re making a movie and your title character is a male badass law enforcement agent who never takes off his helmet and is so devoted to the law that he’s more or less a robot. Your second character, his partner, is the opposite of him in nearly every way: a woman, a rookie, and due to a clever plot development, never wears a helmet.

    With me? So: how do you write the female character? That is,…