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  • Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 15 Mar, 2013

    While uncomfortable at times (understandably), DJANGO UNCHAINED is still an amazing piece of entertainment with enough humor and heart to balance out the horrible brutality and some questionable directorial choices. Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson give standout performances. As long as this film is, I still wanted more... and that's a sign of quality.

  • The Avengers 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 09 May, 2012

    There's a lot to like in THE AVENGERS. I echo everyone's compliments about how the characters all have a moment to shine and that it's not edited by morons who think you have to cut every 2 seconds to depict action. It's good. I liked it. Keep all that in mind.

    I do have some qualms about the film though. During the first 90 minutes or so I felt as if many scenes lacked a certain... punctuation to them. Like…

  • Drive 2011

    ★★★★★ Watched 25 Feb, 2012

    Every so often I get disillusioned with everything coming out of Hollywood. Luckily, every so often, something amazing like DRIVE comes along.

    DRIVE is a simple story, one you've no doubt seen 100 times before, but this time done with an amazing sense of style and some powerhouse acting. Movies are great again!

    (Until the next one.)

  • Fight Club 1999

    ★★★ Rewatched 05 May, 2012

    Some movies just never click with me, and FIGHT CLUB will always be one of those. I'm a fan of just about everyone involved, and the film is well made (although it's a little too clever and showy for its own good). The "twist" knocks it down from great to merely good, and the overall message of the film that chaos and anarchy is just what everyone needs in their life, well... screw that.

  • Skyfall 2012

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 16 Feb, 2013

    My second viewing of SKYFALL pretty much confirmed everything I initially thought: It is a great action/thriller. However it is only a good Bond movie.

    There's so much to love about SKYFALL if you love movies. Competent action, legitimate stunts, great music, and of course the cinematography is freaking GORGEOUS (do not ignore Roger Deakins, Academy members). It is an action movie the likes of which we have not seen in a very long time.

    But as far as 007…

  • Pacific Rim 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 12 Jul, 2013

    Pacific Rim is why I still love movies.

  • Star Trek Into Darkness 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 21 May, 2013

    While I have qualms about various details and ideas presented throughout JJ Abrams' second TREK outing, its only real flaw is that it is not as entertaining as the first one. That's not surprising, since the first film has both nostalgia and the power of an origin story working for it. This one does eventually settle upon going for your nostalgia as well, but it comes long after an awkwardly paced first half.

    Despite the internet's best efforts though I…

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Sep, 2014 1

    I probably shouldn't have watched this so soon after the first Captain America and The Avengers, but hey, I was excited for more Cap. Winter Soldier is a solid film but a lot of it rubs me the wrong way for reasons I'm still not too sure of. Also, much of its strength is in the build up to what's actually happening, and after knowing that, future viewings might not hold up.

    And the reveal of the titular solider is…

  • Prometheus 2012

    ★★ Watched 11 Jun, 2012

    I've already seen MISSION TO MARS and the season six episode of Star Trek TNG "The Chase". I didn't need to see them jammed together with the tease of an ALIEN universe prequel. Weak characters, lackluster direction, bland set design and plot elements that continue to produce a big ol' "Huh?!" the more I think about them. I'd prefer to pretend this doesn't exist, just like everything that came after ALIENS.

  • Alien 1979

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 12 May, 2012

    With PROMETHEUS on the horizon, it was time to revisit this classic. Not much to say that hasn't already been said about ALIEN, except that the pacing of The Alternate Cut from 2003 is a little off, somehow. Ridley Scott says he still prefers the original cut, and I tend to agree.

  • This Is the End 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 22 Feb, 2014

    I wasn’t quite on board with THIS IS THE END when it started, but by the finale? Hell yes. What a goofy, fun movie.

  • Se7en 1995

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 25 May, 2012

    It's interesting to watch the trailer for SEVEN to see how this thing was pitched to audiences, knowing now that it was unlike anything being released at the time. Even today, as the film has been copied and ripped off numerous times, it still holds up as a perfect crime thriller. Spot on from beginning to the gut-punching end.