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  • Lucy 2014

    ★½ Watched 26 Jul, 2014 1

    Dumb fun movies can be hard to pull off. It's not impossible, but it's still difficult to reasonably pull off a film that manages to hit that sweet spot between mindlessly absurd and brainlessly awful. Lucy constantly teeters that line during it's first half, giving us a ludicrous premise that's somewhat grounded by Scarlett Johannson's appropriately odd performance and Luc Besson's silly direction. However, once we reach the second half, it becomes clear that Lucy wants to be far more…

  • Noah 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 26 Jul, 2014

    A film with rich ideas, but a somewhat sloppy execution. Thematically, this is a fascinating film, exploring the ramifications of extremist behaviors within humanity, whether they follow an omnipotent being or not. This gives us morally complex and engrossing characters to follow like Noah and Tubal-cain as well as room for reinterpretation of Biblical themes from the brilliant mind of Darren Aronofsky. There's also this oddly fitting post-apocalyptic feel to it that adds to the theme of cyclical cynicism about…

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  • 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…

  • Short Term 12 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 15 Sep, 2013 1

    Not much can really be said about Short Term 12. I'll put it simply; it makes you lose all faith in humanity... and then regain it in the span of 96 minutes. Brie Larson deserves that Best Actress statue now. One of the years best, if not thee best. SEE. IT.