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  • Veronica Mars

    Veronica Mars 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 31 Mar, 2014

    We completed marathoning the three seasons of the TV show right before watching the movie.

    Rewatching the show, I was reminded of the things I had loved about it the first time around: the incredibly witty dialog, the soap-opera relationships, the humor, the conflict, and the cliffhangers.

    One thing I had completely forgotten: how the third season just...ends.

    Veronica Mars, the show, needed and deserved this movie. And it gets the movie it deserves. A lot has changed and nothing…

  • The Croods

    The Croods 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Feb, 2014

    I had the lowest possible expectations going into The Croods. The cover and title of this animation reminds me of many a direct-to-video animation abomination.

    The movie grew on me as it played out in ways that genuinely surprised me. The animation is clever and engaging. The voice acting is great. The story is serviceable. There are character arcs.

    But the thing that really blew me away were the fantastic conceptual design elements: the bizarre character styles (Eep is squat,…

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  • Temple Grandin

    Temple Grandin 2010

    ★★★★½ Watched 14 Mar, 2013

    This movie is feel-good, educational (if you know as little about autism as I do), fun, and inspiring. Also, downright entertaining.

    You can hereby consider me an enormous fan of Temple Grandin (the person), Temple Grandin (this movie), and Claire Danes (who plays Temple Grandin, the person, in this movie).

    I came to this after seeing Temple Grandin (the person)'s excellent TED Talk titled The World Needs All Kinds of Minds. Do what I did: see that. Then see this…

  • The Good Shepherd

    The Good Shepherd 2006

    ★★★★ Watched 28 Nov, 2012 2

    The Good Shepherd went way beyond not insulting my intelligence. It pretty much threw a bunch of stuff up on the screen and said, "ha! Try to figure that one out!" But I like that in a movie.

    I'd rather not be entirely certain what is happening than have it all spelled out for me like I'm some sort of idiot. Which is why I fucking hate flashback sequences. I just fucking saw that! Did you think I forgot what…