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  • How Vietnam Was Lost

    How Vietnam Was Lost

    ★★★½

    “And then the battle started.”

    Prior to watching this movie, I never really registered that the Vietnam War lasted so long – almost exactly two decades, from 1955 to 1975. And while the documentary doesn’t try to summarize the conflict’s entire convoluted and painful history, taking almost the opposite approach – only two fateful days in October 1967 – the long-term impact of the horrors of the War is obvious in the reactions of most of interviewed people.

    How Vietnam…

  • Jack Reacher

    Jack Reacher

    ★★½

    Remember that episode of The office when the crew discovers Michael Scott’s secret action movie screenplay, featuring his
    thinly-veiled alter ego Michael Scorn – the perfect human being slash action hero? You’ll be pleased to hear it’s just been adapted for the silver screen.

    You suspected it ever since the trailer announced “if he’s coming for you, you deserve it” without a hint of irony but boy, did you ever imagine the extent of it. Jack Reacher is essentially propaganda,…

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  • Chronicle

    Chronicle

    ★★★★½

    Quite possibly the most honest, believable, dare I say authentic…? superhero origin story I’ve watched.

    It’s not even the “found footage” angle that makes it feel believable. It’s the great dialogue, good acting, and characters you can identify with – characters whose reactions to supernatural events seem the most… natural.

    Chronicle is a brave movie. It’s not afraid of taking the road less travelled. There were a couple of moments when I genuinely admired the creators for trying something different…

  • TRON: Legacy

    TRON: Legacy

    ★★★★½

    I hated this movie when I saw it at the theatre. I liked it when I bought one more ticket a week later. I loved it when I re-watched it again yesterday.

    The reason was, as it often is, mismatched expectations. The plot here was clearly written in BASIC with a lot of GO TO statements, and the actors feel as incompatible as various 8-bit platforms of the early 1980s. Someone once quipped, cynically, that the legacy of Tron: Legacy