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  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 24 Aug, 2014

    What else needs to be said about this one? It is like the perfect synthesis of Douglas Adams, Gene Roddenberry and Flash Gordon. It should be noted that much of this "universe" predates other big pop culture sci-fi mammoths that grace our cinema screens, but to debut in this fashion is quite unexpected. Marvel Studios' run is really something to behold, not that they haven't stumbled a bit here and there, but I haven't seen anything like this since Pixar re-invented family films.

  • Thor: The Dark World 2013

    ★★★ Watched 24 Aug, 2014

    Just getting geared up for GOTG! I heard The Collector was on hand in the credits, so you know, I gotta watch the whole movie right? The biggest disappointment here is that the story feels repetitive, derivative with an unconvincing love story. Everything else plays to formula with flawless SFX and a villain that has become integral to the series. It's entertaining, it's loud and pretty, and it has a nifty blend of sci-fi and mythology that I haven't seen since Krull (or the first Thor film). Can't hate.

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  • Beauty Day 2011

    ★★★★★ Watched 10 Mar, 2012

    I'm a regular listener to the Film Junk Podcast, of which Jay Cheel is a founding contributor. I ordered my copy of Beauty Day a month or two ago and finally got around to watching it this weekend. Given the long wait (the film premiered over a year ago), the availability of Cap'n Video shenanigans on the internet and my familiarity with the director I had a difficult time managing my expectations. Not to mention that I grew up with…

  • Burden of Dreams 1982

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 09 Apr, 2013

    Re-watch just to reaffirm my faith that stories like this can actually exist.