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  • The Loved Ones

    The Loved Ones 2009

    ★★★½ Watched 20 Apr, 2016

    Indie torture-horror with a very cool vibe of its own, and some excellent cinematography. The story is both something you've seen before (teen drama taken to a gory extreme) and not, going its own way often enough to keep you on your toes.

    My one complaint would be that, given the obvious social-commentary nature of the plot, I wish more time was spent on connecting the story to the real world (what does it mean that the cool kids are…

  • Midnight Special

    Midnight Special 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 01 Apr, 2016

    I've been very excited about Jeff Nichols' career so far, so maybe my expectations for Midnight Special were too high. It's still the KIND of movie really dig, but it's a bit too slow, a bit too vague, a bit too cold to fully work.

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  • Starship Troopers

    Starship Troopers 1997

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 01 Aug, 2013

    It's as good an action/sci-fi movie as has ever been made, and on top of it, it's a subversive, complex, yet highly entertaining examination of the cost of social order. It has held up beautifully over the past 15 years, and in retrospect, it's one of the best movies of the 1990s.

  • The Master

    The Master 2012

    ★★★ Watched 21 Sep, 2012

    It's perfectly fine for a movie to have an elusive core, to not be about anything in particular. But when that is the case, it should at least populate the screen with enough varied ideas to invite engagement. The Master is a claustrophobic, one-track tale(?) and so the overwhelming emotions it invokes are befuddlement and, often, boredom.

    The titular Master is very mildly based on Scientology's L. Ron Hubbard, and references that spell this out do the movie no favors,…