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  • Sh! The Octopus 1937

    ★★★ Watched 09 Aug, 2013

    Mix:
    -tentacled arms often seen emerging from darkened rooms
    -an unseen mastermind criminal known as 'The Octopus!'
    -haunted lighthouse
    -2 bumbling wiseguy detectives
    -an ever-expanding cast of folks arriving at said lighthouse
    -dead body hanging from ceiling
    -secret panels, trapdoors, etc.
    -hijinks

    Going in without any real expectations, this 60 minute vintage mystery-comedy delivered exactly what I wanted: all of the above. Weird in a great way.

  • The Way, Way Back 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 08 Aug, 2013

    Solid indie 'awkward teen' movie with lots of good people, plenty of non-cheesy drama, and some well-written laughs. Pretty great debut directing gig, actually.

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  • The Dark Knight Rises 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 10 Aug, 2012

    I don't think this could have completely lived up to my expectations. While I didn't enjoy it quite as much as The Dark Knight, I also don't have a list of changes I wish Nolan had made. Something about this being even more epic than the previous pictures worked against it (probably related to an increased suspension of disbelief), but it still mostly delivered what I wanted from the final installment of this Batman's story - a capable villain, a layered story, intense action, and an overall demonstration by the filmmakers that they care about the characters and ideas at play here.

  • The Goonies 1985

    ★★★★ Rewatched 18 Aug, 2012

    Yes, yes, it helps to have grown up watching this film to really feel the undying love for it now, and it's hard to know what someone coming to it for the first time as an adult would make of it, but c'mon...it's still funny, still exciting, still occasionally hokey, and still makes one regret never finding that trap-laden pirate cave you were sure was somewhere in your own neighborhood. Just me?