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  • Old Joy 2006

    ★★★ Watched 05 Sep, 2014

    I need to watch something less melancholy next. I seem to be on the sad train right now.

    That said, this film is quiet and encapsulates something that we've all probably experienced before. What happens when you outgrow your friend, or your friend outgrows you?

    The film doesn't answer any questions, but it takes that feeling and shines a spotlight on it. The result is that even if somehow you've never been in this position, you'll leave the film understanding what it feels like from both perspectives.

  • Inside Llewyn Davis 2013

    ★★★ Watched 04 Sep, 2014

    More melanchanoly than I expected, it was also difficult for me to sympathize with Llewyn. He's miserable, he's misanthropic, he's somewhat of a snob, and he can't connect to anyone or anything on even the most rudimentary emotional level (not even a cat). He seems to still be mourning his singing partner's suicide, but judging from his relationships with his family, his friends, his agent, and his acquaintances, he doesn't seem to have been much more connected to any of…

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  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 10 Aug, 2014

    I've never enjoyed a superhero movie more than this. While a superhero's abilities often separate him/her from the average person, this film makes the superheroes into a type of everyman. They are more easy to relate to than characters such as Superman or even Captain America. I've never read comic books and have never even heard of these characters, but I'm definitely a fan now. The casting, the special effects, the writing, the tone, everything about this film worked extremely well. I would definitely recommend this to friends--even if they are not into science fiction or superheroes.

  • Godzilla 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Jun, 2014

    Growing up with all brothers I've seen many Godzilla movies. (This time it was my husband who wanted to see Godzilla). Of all the Godzilla movies I've seen though, this is the first one I ever enjoyed. Not Oscar worthy of course, but better than the average summer blockbluster. I loved that the 3D also added to the experience, but wasn't filmed specifically to have things hurling "toward" you every few seconds. I also liked that the film avoided some (not all, of course) of the typical blockbuster plotting cliques.