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  • The Invitation

    The Invitation 2015

    ★★★ Watched 21 Jul, 2016

    A lengthy exposition that's a little on the nose, a palpable tension throughout, and a third act that is a bit too straightforward. Less clever than I hoped, but an interesting genre exercise nevertheless. Would make a fine double bill with 10 Cloverfield Lane.

  • Before Midnight

    Before Midnight 2013

    ★★½ Watched 04 Jun, 2016

    What could have been a fitting conclusion to this trilogy feels botched to me. We still get those long takes with intelligent, realistic dialogue, but as the movie progresses the amount of tropes and stereotypes becomes overwhelming. Sure, there are people and couples like that, but I thought the whole point of this series was about having an intelligent, adult debate about relationships. Transcending movie cliches. The end of the trilogy ends like the third act of this episode, not with a fruitful conversation, but in a petty fight that's resolved poorly.

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  • The Yes Men Fix the World

    The Yes Men Fix the World 2009

    ★★★½ Watched 27 Apr, 2013

    The subject matter: 5★. The film itself: 3★. The way they take a shit with the capitalist ideologists in this film is pure gold. They set the most ludicrous traps and still people step into it. As a documentary however, there's still some work into making it a more coherent, interesting whole.

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Dec, 2015

    The prequels get a lot of flak – too much even, as I really enjoyed episodes II and especially III – but it's true that the balance was probably tipping to the wrong/dark side with their exuberant sets, CGI overload and gimmicky characters. With this one however I feel the pendulum might be swinging a bit too much to the other side though: it stays so true to the original trilogy that some scenes or plot points almost feel like…