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  • Enemy

    Enemy 2014

    ★★★ Watched 22 Nov, 2015

    Great cinematography and music that's very good at creating a tense mood. Unfortunately, this mood is persisted from the very first scene, and it never relaxes—the effect is that I experience tension fatigue, and eventually stopped being surprised or intrigued. A more balanced directorial style would've been more effective.

  • Below

    Below 2002

    ★★★½ Watched 02 Oct, 2015

    All the parts here are just slightly imperfect: the muddy screenplay, the cast giving it their 80%, the ho-hum direction. Yet all these parts fit well, making up a very solid B movie.

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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,…