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  • Vacation

    Vacation 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 26 Mar, 2016

    Better than I expected, Ed Helms is damn unlikeable in general so my hopes were not high.

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016

    ★★½ Watched 27 Mar, 2016

    Here it is, the DCU singularity, collapsing multiple storylines and characters from the comics into one neat package. But it's not so neat actually, it's quite messy both thematically and dramatically. The ongoing reverence given to Frank Miller's body of work with the Batman is becoming stale, and here it's completely forced to create or duplicate iconic moments only avid readers will notice. This level of fan service isn't horrible except that it renders the supposed central conflict, the literal…

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  • Beauty Day

    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…

  • Yakuza Apocalypse

    Yakuza Apocalypse 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 11 Oct, 2015

    This is "Ichi the Killer" or "Dead or Alive" Miike with absurdity turned up to a solid 11. It felt like insane live action manga with full commitment from the cast. Definitely niche entertainment, if you don't like it I would question why you would have even watched it in the first place.