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  • Oculus 2013

    ★★½ Watched 12 Apr, 2014

    Fascinating build up that leads to no actual progression whatsoever. The film's parallel structure is really what does it in, given that the scenes in 2002 have far more compelling scares, performances and character moments than anything in the modern day sequences, which feel cold, emotionless and exposition heavy. Karen Gillan and Brenton Thwaites pale in comparison to their younger counterparts, which makes the film's bafflingly predictable and aggressively unsatisfying climax all the more annoying. Sacrifices satisfying storytelling for the sake of furthering a franchise.

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 03 Apr, 2014

    The Marvel Cinematic Universe is nothing if not experimental. Taking a character whose previous solo starring effort placed him as a WWII super soldier and adopting him into today's cynical age is a hard task enough, but the MCU manages to also take on the task of being a spy movie, a political thriller movie and an intense action film along with the superhero elements. Mind you, they accomplish all of these in spades.

    The direction from television directors Anthony…

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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.