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  • Captain Fantastic

    Captain Fantastic

    ★★★½

    I loved this film.

    I loved this film for the first section because all I saw was a man ensuring that his children were educated (and not in the 'colour your feelings' kind of way) and that they had a decent respect for, and the skills to, survive in the wild. When I saw that he was ensuring they were physically fit as well all I could think of was Plato's Republic: education is as much intellectual as physical. Mind…

  • Peppermint Candy

    Peppermint Candy

    ★★

    The life of a violent misogynist asshole told in reverse order so that the audience might wonder why he became a prick thereby putting up with his bullshit for 120 minutes only to forgive him if they buy into the idea that being a bastard all your life can be caused by one incident in the past.

    Yeah, I really did not appreciate this one.

  • Deadpool

    Deadpool

    ★½

    What's up with this? You guys all said this was funny and good fun! At least 3+ stars you said. Right up there with Guardians of the Galaxy you implied.* Now I have to go unfollow the lot of you!


    *ok, so that's me reading too much into it as I desperately search for something as good.

  • The Nice Guys

    The Nice Guys

    ★½

    I saw the ratings and the love this film was getting. Of course I anticipated loving it: you can't go wrong with Gladiator and Lars.

    There is nothing I can point to that is wrong with the film. The performances were ok, the script wasn't the worst thing ever as far as I could tell, the 70s vibe was good. Well, I suppose there is one thing. There was something peculiar about the pacing, as though the blocking were getting…

  • Lola Versus

    Lola Versus

    Not my bag.
    For the first time I finally understood what drove Adam Cook batty about 'quirky' indies. I saw it within the first couple of minutes in this film. Jonathan and I gave it a good go. He wanted to stop it immediately but I insisted we give it a fair shake. I think 30 minutes was all we could handle. Maybe it mellowed out later; after all, the beginning of a film has a lot of work to…

  • Dirty Harry

    Dirty Harry

    ★★★★½

    Man they knew how to tell stories back then.

  • Die Hard 2

    Die Hard 2

    ★★★½

    Nowhere near as bad as I thought it was.
    I know one of the series is absolutely terrible and I just assumed it was this one so it was a pleasure to have fun watching this. It isn't the first one, but it still beats most anything made in the last decade.

  • Die Hard

    Die Hard

    ★★★★½

    Goes up by a full star.
    One day I'm going to have to deconstruct this film scene-by-scene to see if it really is that good or if I love it so much because of nostalgia and/or because the actioners they make today are so stupid.

  • Elle

    Elle

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

    It took 3 months for me to decide to go ahead and post something on this film. I avoided it because most of you loved the film and I hated it. I didn't hate it. It is well done. It is engaging. It is suspenseful. But what I saw, what I saw in the story, what I saw as the thing being told, I hated that more than most any other film I've ever seen. We bring ourselves to each…

  • Blue Jay

    Blue Jay

    ★★★★

    Spot on look at the awkwardness that arises when high school sweethearts meet again years later.

    My only complaint is that the film turned out to be a bit too predictable, and I found that Duplass over-acted (or perhaps overreacted) in a breakdown scene. Other than that, this is a surprisingly simple and touching story, told very well by two actors on their game.

  • Persuasion

    Persuasion

    ★★★★

    Watched for Jane's Birthday.

    Anne is a bit different for an Austen heroine.
    She is quiet to the point of seeming mute.
    She is reserved. She is maternal. She has absolutely no joie de vivre.
    And then we discover why.
    We discover how deeply she feels and mourns.
    She doesn't wallow, she never wallows, she just accepts her grave mistake and understands that and she once had love and that once was all she would ever have.
    She is strong,…

  • Home Alone

    Home Alone

    ★½

    Well, at least I didn't hate it as much as A Christmas Story.