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  • Mars Attacks!

    Mars Attacks! 1996

    ★★½ Watched 18 Jun, 2016

    I tried to watch Mars Attacks the year it came out and couldn't get through it. Sometimes you don't like a movie and you are hard pressed to understand why. Mars Attacks is creative, visually interesting, has a great cast, but just feels empty and hokey to me.

    It's paying homage to old movies where the aliens never explain their motives or actions, so in that way it rings true. But the execution, the two-dimensional characters, and the lack of plot makes it feel more like the director is making fun of those movies than re-visiting them.

  • The Nice Guys

    The Nice Guys 2016

    ★★★★★ Watched 29 May, 2016

    It's rare to watch a film that feels perfectly paced with a balance of action, humor, and mystery.

    A "dame" (Amelia) walks into Healy's life and turns it upside down. The classic beginning then quickly turns to a "buddy cop" direction when Healy meets March.

    The Nice Guys is a great take on familiar tropes. It's subversive in both the odd-couple elements as well the hard-luck-past character bits.

    It can be enjoyed by those who are a fan of the cop/crime genre and those who are not interested in that kind of story.

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  • No Country for Old Men

    No Country for Old Men 2007

    ★★★★★ Watched 20 Mar, 2008

    One of the things that makes Javier Bardem's performance so unnerving is that he is not just a hit man, he's also a serial killer. While this can't possibly be the first time such a character has been portrayed, it sure does feel original in the context of this film.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    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.