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  • Terminator Genisys

    Terminator Genisys 2015

    ★½ Watched 12 Sep, 2016

    Terminator Genisys is the kind of movie that epitomizes the worst in Hollywood franchise filmmaking. Watching it, two questions came to mind:

    1. Is the modern CGI age slowly ruining the summer blockbuster?
    2. Just because you can take the scope of a franchise to its absolute limits, does that give a director/writer the license to do it?

    The answer to the first is obviously no - there are still plenty of effects-driven films build on solid cinematic foundation that…

  • Everybody Wants Some

    Everybody Wants Some 2016

    ★★★★½ Watched 30 Aug, 2016

    Richard Linklater is a rare kind of gift to Ameican cinema. On paper, the thought of sticking a camera in a room full of friends/family members/classmates/etc. and filming them simply hanging out and talking sounds like it would make for some of the most boring, uninspired, meandering cinema. Yet Linklater has not only made a career out of doing just that, in the process, he's also delivered some of America's most seminal films that have explored friendships, coming of age,…

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  • In the Loop

    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

    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…