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  • What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? 1999

    ★★½ Watched 12 Sep, 2014

    As the sequel to Once Were Warriors, this has a similar tone but lacks some of the raw power and the presence of Rena Owen, the real star of the first movie. She's effectively a cameo here which is very disappointing. Temuera Morrison is front and center and he shows more range than he did in Once Were Warriors but he's really good at being angry and not so much at anything else here.

    2.5 stars might be a little generous, I guess, but I enjoy the chance to see the dark side of New Zealand and a culture I have no real experience with.

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977

    ★★★ Rewatched 11 Sep, 2014

    Epically incoherent.

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  • God's Not Dead 2014

    ½ Watched 13 May, 2014

    It's very easy, too easy, to slam God's Not Dead purely because it's straight-up Christian propaganda. And not just propaganda but antagonistic crap designed to reach to the converted and preach to those on the fence. This movie is fully representative of the excessively defensive Christian victim complex movement that's plaguing America today. It's a bad movie with bad acting and bad direction and bad everything else but no worse than any other Lifetime made-for-TV movie.

    Long story short: This…

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2012

    ★½ Watched 04 Jul, 2013

    If you're going to reboot a franchise that's only been dormant for five years, you have to give us some sort of indication that you care. Christ, what a train wreck.