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  • Ring of Bright Water 1969

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Jul, 2014

    My mustelid-loving heart skipped a beat or two, and I fell hard for this absolutely lovely movie. It is, unavoidably, otter-ly delightful! Big, goofy grins, all around!

  • Transcendence 2014

    ★★★ Watched 13 Jul, 2014

    I'm surprised by the level of vehement disdain cinematographer Wally Pfister's directorial debut has been met with, but then again, perhaps it explains its reception with a line a dialog: "People always fear what they don't understand." To be sure, Transcendence is not a great movie, but it's also not the awful failure word of mouth has proclaimed it as.

    A science fiction movie about ideas – a rare beast in this day and age of the genre mostly being…

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  • From Up on Poppy Hill 2011

    ★★★★ Rewatched 13 May, 2012 9

    The world was very unkind to Goro Miyazaki when he took the unexpected leap from landscape architect and museum manager to director in 2006. Tales from Earthsea had its fair share of weaknesses and outright faults, but the yardstick by which the younger Miyazaki was measured and found lacking was downright unfair and cruel. The recent documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi contains a musing from a food critic that's strikingly relevant: 86 year old Jiro is still in charge of…

  • The Hunger Games 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Mar, 2012 2

    Essentially Battle Royale for the Twilight crowd, The Hunger Games makes the leap from the pages to the big screen with the majority of the details intact. Sticking so closely to the source material means that the movie also shares the novel's strengths and weaknesses.

    First and foremost, Katniss remains an interesting, reluctant rebel character (Jennifer Lawrence, excellent), while the rest of the cast of characters veer more towards simple archetypes, sometimes wrapped in colorful costumes, sometimes not. The dystopic…