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  • Snowpiercer 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 28 Jun, 2014 4

    One of my favorite films of the year. Reminds me a lot of SUNSHINE and THE GREY in that you don't expect much going into it and then are pleasantly surprised by how great it is...definitely recommend.

    Also, pretty interesting how this film was essentially blackballed in the U.S. because of a conflict between the studio and the director (in case you're wondering why the very limited release/lack of promotion despite the high profile cast) and is STILL managing to make money--because it's good and, you know, word of mouth...

  • The Congress 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 26 Jul, 2014

    In the way that Heart of Darkness or Moby Dick are 'tough reads' I'd have to go ahead and say this film is a 'tough watch.' Ambitious? Yes. Trippy? Yes. Am I still trying to make sense of it? Yes.

    By far one of the most unique films I've ever watched, it lost me at certain points, but wove in enough tangible plot to hold my attention through to the end. This film is challenging and worth watching if you're…

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  • Brave 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 24 Jun, 2012

    Credit where credit is due: this gets a bajillion stars for visual deliciousness.

    While there are moments of wit and charm, the story itself is forgettable. Arguably, Pixar's greatest strength has always been compelling and meaningful storytelling so it's disappointing to see such a gorgeously rendered film lack an equally (or even just MORE) visceral plot. I'm glad I watched it (and paid to see it in theaters) but it's not one I feel an urgent desire to revisit.

  • Lucy 2014

    ★★½ Watched 25 Jul, 2014 1

    The concept is great but probably would have worked better as a mini series or tv show. Lucy's progression from 10% brain capacity all the way to 100% could have been explored more thoroughly that way and certainly would have given ScarJo more to do with her acting chops. At one point, Lucy comments that she can feel herself losing what it is that makes her human the more brain capacity she acquires - this would be just one of…