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  • The Rocketeer

    The Rocketeer 1991

    ★★★★ Watched 04 Jul, 2015

    30s Americana throwback done right. Then again, that's a natural impulse for director Joe Johnston, who would later show off his appreciation for old timey American iconography in films like October Sky and Captain America: The First Avenger. Here, he sticks more closely to the Indiana Jones style of serial homage goofy charm and wide eyed optimistic spirit in a way the feels completely appropriate and consistently endearing. The production design is soaked in the era, the late great James…

  • Aftershock

    Aftershock 2012

    ★★ Watched 13 May, 2013

    Disaster films only work as well as the characters in the middle of the disaster. In that way, Aftershock mostly withers on the vine, doing little to nothing with these bland characters and focusing on their violent gory deaths. That being said, the gory deaths are occasionally well done. Would it surprise you that this is an Eli Roth production? No, me neither, especially since he's in the film as one of its most grating characters. Will give credit to Andrea Osvart, who portrays the plucky protagonist that feels grounded in a sea of rapist and thieves in the back drop.

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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.