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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015

    ★★★★ Added

    There's really only one thing about The Force Awakens that kinda disappointed me. It's not anything that makes me not like the film - I loved it! - just something that I had hoped it would do, but that it didn't.

    When I saw Dawn of the Planet of the Apes last year, I was really impressed by the motion-capture and CGI work in it. They were at a level of sophistication that I had not seen before, and the…

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Dec, 2015

    "Droid, please."

  • Margaret

    Margaret 2011

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 16 Dec, 2015

    Extended cut.

  • Steve Jobs

    Steve Jobs 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 02 Dec, 2015

    Danny Boyle, master manipulator, exceeds in arranging images and sounds in such a way as to evoke an emotional response, whether or not there's actually any there there.

    (Also: all the awards for when Fassbender calls Woz "little buddy" that one time.)

  • Love & Mercy

    Love & Mercy 2014

    ★★½ Watched 27 Nov, 2015

    ... & Exposition.

    There's a quick flashback to Brian Wilson's childhood with his dad yelling "How many times do I have to tell you this?" and slapping him in the face, which if you'd stretch it out for two hours would basically be this movie.

  • Kingsman: The Secret Service

    Kingsman: The Secret Service 2015

    ★★★★ Rewatched 19 Nov, 2015

    It took one boring-ass Bond movie to show me just how all-out entertaining and well-made "Kingsman" really is. I still found the same problems I've had with it the last time I watched it, but I also found it much easier to look past them.

    And now please make Roxy the protagonist in the next one.

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 25 Sep, 2015

    Black & Chrome version.

    This was a lot of fun. The black-and-white and dialog-free version is a great companion piece for fans of the film. With color and dialogue removed I was able to focus on and study things like framing, blocking, composition, score and sound work, stunts, and more. A new way to study the actors, as well, even though a big part of their craft was missing, of course. (This is Charlize Theron's film, all the way.)

  • Everest

    Everest 2015

    ★★★ Watched 16 Sep, 2015

    Here's the thing: Climbing Mt. Everest is dumb and the people doing it know that it's dumb and they're still doing it, which is fine, but don't expect me to care if they get hurt doing it.

    There's a scene somewhat early in the movie where The Journalist (Michael Kelly channeling David Cross) asks the others about ther motivation. Why climb Everest? The most anyone can come up with is repeating the old Because it's there trope. Fine, whatever.

    But…

  • A Town Called Panic

    A Town Called Panic 2009

    ★★ Watched 18 Aug, 2015

    Everybody needs to calm the fuck down.

  • Terminator Genisys

    Terminator Genisys 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 06 Jul, 2015

    Had such a blast watching this. Everything I want out of a summer blockbuster: great action (that I could actually follow for once), impressive effects, a fun plot, no self-serious bullshit, reverence for the earlier films but doing its own thing. I can totally see returning to this film many more times in the summers to come.

  • Jurassic World

    Jurassic World 2015

    ★★ Watched 18 Jun, 2015

    "Jurassic World" is your father's new girlfriend moving in and wearing your dead mother's old clothes.

  • Spy

    Spy 2015

    ★★★ Watched 05 Jun, 2015

    If someone could digitally erase Melissa McCarthy and all the scatological "humor" Paul Feig seems so fond of from this movie I'd definitely watch it again.