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  • Real 2013

    ★★★½ Added

    I went to Kiyoshi Kurosawa's science fiction drama Real with lowered expectations, having read negative reviews of it back when it first was released. Maybe the lowered expectations helped, or maybe it wasn't as bad as I was led to believe, but I quite enjoyed Real. It's not top level Kurosawa, but average Kurosawa is still a head or two above a lot of other directors!

    The movie ostensibly tells the story of a young couple, caught in an unfortunate…

  • Radio Free Albemuth 2010

    ★★ Watched 18 Oct, 2014

    Radio Free Albemuth is yet another failed adaptation of a Philip K. Dick novel. Unlike most PKD adaptations though, this one was done by a die hard fan, and it hardly deviates from the original source material at all. That proves its undoing.

    Written and directed by newcomer John Alan Simon, Radio Free Albemuth is set in a totalitarian America, and tells the story of an underground resistance movement helped along by an extraterrestrial force orbiting the Earth (if you've…

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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…