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  • Albatross

    Albatross 2011

    ★★ Watched 16 Apr, 2015

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This is a movie that isn't *bad*, but nor does it really do anything for me. The characters and tropes are very familiar to coming-of-age stories -- a Manic Pixie Dream Friend who helps the shy one out of their shell, a forbidden relationship with a married man, worrying about decisions to go or not go to college. This doesn't add much to it aside from the individual characters or actors, and none of them are particularly noteworthy. (I really…

  • Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl

    Broken Blossoms or The Yellow Man and the Girl 1919

    ★★★½ Watched 13 Apr, 2015

    Silent dramas are a hard sell for me, and this one takes quite a little while to get going. When it does, it's 100% Lillian Gish's show. Well, maybe 90% Lillian Gish and 10% Donald Crisp, who is terrifying enough to make Gish's response believable. Whether she's desperately trying to smile so her adoptive father will leave her alone, or hiding in a closet panicking that there's no way out, she's captivating, and the final scenes with her are mesmerizing.…

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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…