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  • Star Trek Into Darkness 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 22 May, 2013

    I have a fairly basic familiarity of Star Trek the series (I never watched it growing up), though my understanding is that many fans of TOS are critical of JJ Abrams' Trek films because they sacrifice much of the thought and philosophy behind it in favor of big dumb action thrills. It's not an unfair assessment to make, since the 2009 film and this sequel are, more than anything else, big sci-fi actioners stuffed to the brim with space battles,…

  • Monsters University 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 16 May, 2013

    Since the film isn't due out for another month, and the version we were shown was about 99% complete, I'm limited in what I'm allowed to say about Monsters University. I'll try to keep this reaction short and concise, but to sum it up, Monsters U is a lot of fun and a nice semi-return to form for Pixar.

    Coming off of their last two fairly underwhelming outings, Cars 2 and, especially, Brave, I was cautiously optimistic for Monsters U.…

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  • In the Loop 2009

    ★★★★ Watched 06 Nov, 2012

    Something about political films involving government officials talking to each other in rapid-fire manners always makes the situation at hand feel more complex than it probably is. In a way, maybe that works for the benefit of In The Loop, helping to satirize the ways in which simple statements can be construed and twisted by those in power to aid their own goals and ambitions, and to hell with everyone else.

    There's no denying that this film is a biting…

  • Nights of Cabiria 1957

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Oct, 2012

    There is something profoundly tragic that Fellini manages to capture in Nights of Cabiria. It's difficult but also very compelling to watch a character get beaten down by life time after time and still remain resolute in the hope that, somehow, things will eventually get better. It gives us, the audience, something to root for, but at some point, our own spirit becomes so strained that Cabiria's unbreakable will seems to stem not from strength of character but more of…