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  • The Forbidden Room

    The Forbidden Room 2015

    ★★★ Watched 24 Nov, 2015

    An incomprehensible fever dream, as viewed through Snapseed's grunge filter.

  • Spectre

    Spectre 2015

    ★★½ Watched 29 Oct, 2015

    The secret agent program is scrapped, forcing the agent, with the help of a few friends and no official support, to track down and defeat a shadowy, criminal organization hell-bent on world domination.

    Did I just describe Spectre or Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation? It's a trick question, of course – it's both. But only one of the two is an entertaining movie.

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  • From Up on Poppy Hill

    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

    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…