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  • Cast Away

    Cast Away 2000

    ★★★ Watched 05 Feb, 2016

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This movie was a big deal right as I was heading into high school, but I somehow never got around to seeing it. I hadn't even made any kind of conscious effort to find out about it, but I realized as I watched it that I had a pretty solid idea of how everything played out, just from hearing so many references to it growing up. I think that might have dampened my enjoyment just a little bit, having to…

  • The 5th Wave

    The 5th Wave 2016

    ★★½ Watched 05 Feb, 2016

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This movie got a lot of bad press as just another sloppy dystopian future YA story, but, really, as far as dystopian future YA stories go, it's not terrible. The premise is good, if simple, the characters are likable, if not original, and there are some pretty fun disaster porn sequences and entertaining plot twists. Aside from one minor subplot that was eye-rollingly stupid (and that I assume is planned for a bigger role in any sequels), this was a…

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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…