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  • The Long Goodbye

    The Long Goodbye 1973

    ★★★½ Watched 31 Dec, 2013

    Meandering though enjoyably loose detective story. It's not surprising when you realize this was directed by famed improvisation encourager Robert Altman, who treats this mystery thread like a constant line from which to hang the laundry that is all the characters. It's a beautifully shot representation of the desolate and seedy landscape that was early 70s LA, giving the entire affair this unintentional period piece feel that adds so much atmosphere that's appropriate to the lost wandering protagonist. Speaking of…

  • Iron Man 3

    Iron Man 3 2013

    ★★★★ Rewatched 26 Apr, 2015

    A lively and risky effort for the Marvel Cinematic Universe for a variety of reasons. Writer/director Shane Black puts his traditional wisecracking actioner touch to the Tony Stark character in a seamless fashion, which only doubles whenever Robert Downey Jr bounces off another performer like Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle or even the young Ty Simpkins. Black as a director manages to deliver very creative and engaging action sequences that are rather impressive for a second effort as director. Yet, at…

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  • Thor

    Thor 2011

    ★★★★ Rewatched 24 Apr, 2015

    The Marvel Cinematic Universe's first foray into high concept adaptations had a lot to prove when it was initially released. Following the phenomenal success of Iron Man and the middling results of that film's sequel as well as The Incredible Hulk, Thor served as the first test of the MCU's ability to keep audiences engaged in a concept as admittingly silly and over the top as a Norse God interacting with more grounded and traditionally sci-fi based heroes. Luckily, Kevin…

  • Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

    Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back 1980

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 31 Jul, 2013 2

    Many have claimed that The Empire Strikes Back is, in many respects, the superior film of the original Star Wars trilogy and the entire Star Wars saga as a whole (which, for the record, isn't very hard when you include those other three films in the equation). The themes are darker, the characters are fleshed out, the newer characters serve to give the universe further depth and the reveal during the climax is often cited as one of the most…