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  • Divergent 2014

    ★★½ Added

    Remember the other day when I mentioned flavorless blockbusters concerned primarily with franchise building? This is the kind of crap I was talking about. Woodley's fine but unspectacular, and remember when Kate Winslet was an exciting actress? Just because you have an Oscar now means it's OK to stop trying.

  • Boyhood 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 09 Aug, 2014

    Not so much powerful on a scene-by-scene basis, more a collection of moments that accumulate power as they build upon each other. A part of me winces at Linklater falling back on the asshole-stepdad thing not once but twice, but that's mostly a personal thing, and I have to admit it's effective here since the film doesn't overplay its hand in these scenes. Simply put, a rare film that gives the feel of life being lived, with so many keys…

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  • Oz: The Great and Powerful 2013

    ★★★ Added 1

    This is exactly the kind of movie that seems like it'll be ideal for a Yesterday's Hits-style anthropological assessment in a couple of decades. Those elements that have made this so popular- the wall-to-wall CGI-based spectacle, the four-quadrant-skewing reappropriation of one of the classics of Hollywood cinema- will probably be what makes this look quaint and dated over time. Yet it also promises to be fascinating in a number of ways.

    Most noticeably, this might be the first blockbuster I've…

  • My Neighbor Totoro 1988

    ★★★★★ Added

    While I was out driving today I noticed thousands of dandelions alongside the road, creating a blanket of yellow and green. And while part of me acknowledges that we're supposed to think of dandelions as weeds since they're really not supposed to be in the grass, I mostly just flashed back to a time when it didn't occur to me to think this way, and admired the colors and sights that nature has in store for those willing to look.…