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  • Star Trek Into Darkness 2013

    Watched 26 Sep, 2014

    One of the hardest to follow and nonsensical plots I've seen in a movie in years, and dumb as hell to boot. Kirk turned into an emotional, stupid fratboy, Spock discovers he can have the worst human emotions, the solution to warp core meltdowns is kicking things, Uhura is just Spock's concerned gf...I could go on an on, but I would be remiss if I didn't mention how badly they waste Cumberbatch, the Khan storyline, and Peter Weller. Waste of time, don't watch it, even for free.

  • Matango: Attack of the Mushroom People 1963

    ★★★★ Rewatched 25 Sep, 2014 1

    I love this film for it's moody atmosphere and then dreamy weirdness. That it takes a Victorian tale whose subtext is all about the paranoia of the day (an engaged-but not married-couple are stranded on an island full of a mysterious fungus that slowly covers everything it touches, with the female half breaking down and offering it to the male-gee, I wonder what that's really about!) and transplants it to the anxieties of Post War Japan (losing touch with nature,…

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  • The Getaway 1972

    ★★★★ Rewatched 12 Aug, 2012 3

    Just my second time watching this, this time on the big screen (though it was "digital" not a print, so not as good as it should have been). The Peckinpah action scenes are amazing in that setting, and the score by Quincy Jones is quite good, and a little out of the ordinary for both the director and genre. A great cast of character actors is backing McQueen and McGraw, but it's McGraw (and her poorly written character-I blame Walter…

  • Prometheus 2012

    ★★★ Watched 06 Apr, 2013

    Saw it on my friend's large, 3D high def TV. Looked amazing. Beautiful effects. Story was mostly pedestrian, occasionally strained to "say something" about the human condition and mostly fails (though it is interesting to see it pick up some of the threads in Scott's Blade Runner). The characters are almost universally frustrating and irritating, despite a good cast. I'm not sure why I was supposed to either love or hate this, though I suppose it could sting Alien mega-fans as a disappointment. I think it would have been a much stronger movie WITHOUT the Alien connection.