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  • Reality Bites 1994

    ★★½ Watched 15 Sep, 2014

    Ben Stiller's 1994 generation X portrait Reality Bites has its moments but squanders them all with its decision to focus on two of the most insufferable protagonists ever put on celluloid, Ethan Hawke's mega-douchebag Troy Dyer and Winona Ryder's almost equally as self-absorbed Lelaina Pierce.

    It's seldom that I actively root against a couple coming together, but in this case I wished for every second of its running time that a comically huge anvil would crush Troy already. Maybe the…

  • Captain Phillips 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 14 Sep, 2014

    Probably the most underrated of last year's formidable batch of Oscar nominees, Paul Greengrass' Captain Phillips is incredibly tense, thrilling and moving at the same time all the while boasting one of Tom Hanks' greatest performances ever and an incredibly assured acting debut by newcomer Barkhad Abdi. The real-life story of how Captain Phillips' (Hanks) cargo freighter is boarded by Somali pirates is truly harrowing, a real triumph of effective story telling that comes highly recommended.

    After a relatively slow…

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  • Deep Blue Sea 1999

    ★★★½ Watched 06 Aug, 2013 16

    Deep Blue Sea is a mess, but a deeply entertaining one (if you pardon my stupid pun)

    Because it's a mess and because I'm lazy and tired, I'll just provide some thoughts and notes, instead of a proper review:

    * First of all, Saffron Burrows. She's pretty and all that, but what a black hole of charisma she is in this movie. I don't think she emoted at all, even when she was in danger. I know, that she was…

  • Candyman 1992

    ★★★★ Watched 05 Apr, 2013 5

    "Week 1 of the Adapted April Challenge"

    Film 3 of the Top 50 Horror Project

    I was very excited that my first assignment was to be Candyman , a movie that I wanted to see for a long time. I had heard very much about it, but mostly that it was an important horror movie everyone interested in horror should see. So I knew nothing specific about it and just figured it would be an usual horror flick about an…