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  • Mr. Holmes

    Mr. Holmes 2015

    Watched 25 Aug, 2016

    What an interesting little movie. It's part mystery, part character study, part old age drama, but all the parts seem to fit together fairly well. The thing that stands out most about this movie is its profound sense of isolation. Even as Holmes befriends his housekeeper's young son, he is still stuck alone in his memories or lack thereof, with nobody to reach out to for confirmation of his own past. This intangible sense of isolation is so pervasive that…

  • That Touch of Mink

    That Touch of Mink 1962

    ★½ Watched 23 Aug, 2016

    The previous two Doris Day rom coms I watched had an extremely unlikable male lead. Here that male lead is Cary Grant, so Day herself is the only unlikable one in the couple. The movie itself spends far too much time cutesily dancing around the idea of sex. Obviously they couldn't come right out and say most of what they were discussing, but there were plenty of sex comedies in the 50s and 60s that were able to deal with…

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  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    Inside Llewyn Davis 2013

    ★★★ Watched 05 Apr, 2014 3

    Like so many movies by the Coens, I'm not exactly sure what to make of this. I like individual moments, but I'm not certain I can say it hangs together as a whole. My least favorite thing about the Coens has always been their ending choices, which frequently feel like they just abruptly stopped making the movie, rather than actually *ending* their story. That is definitely the case here, and I am once again left unsatisfied and a little puzzled…

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 09 Aug, 2014

    At this point, this is my favorite Marvel superhero movie (I had to think for a bit about whether I liked it better than Iron Man, but I'm going to go with yes). It's what I wanted The Avengers to be: a light-hearted adventure with delightful characters and some surprisingly moving emotional moments. And I knew pretty early on I was going to love it. Specifically, the moment where Chris Pratt dances through the alien cave. The humor running throughout…