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  • Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

    Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 31 Jul, 2015

    Another entrhalling mission from the IMF team. After these films pretty much reached peak perfection with Ghost Protocol, it's hard to imagine how Rogue Nation would follow things up. Well, rather than simply repeat the formula beat for beat, writer/director Christopher McQuarrie choose to subvert many of the conventions of the series in between immaculately constructed set pieces, from the mission briefings to IMF's tactics to even the team dynamics. The latter really helps to keep things fresh, allowing small…

  • Spring Breakers

    Spring Breakers 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 22 Mar, 2013

    Sprawling visual deconstruction of modern spring break culture that mostly suffers from occasional pretensions and an inconsistent cast. Really, the stars of the film are James Franco in a simmeringly sinister yet sleazily comedic performance and Benoît Debie neon cinematography, both of which carry the film through its rocky patches with improvised charm and rich detail in every movement. The girls themselves are are rather underwhelming, with Gomez having some potential arc that's completely abandoned midway through the second act…

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  • 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…

  • Short Term 12

    Short Term 12 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 15 Sep, 2013

    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.