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  • The Lifeguard

    The Lifeguard 2013

    ★★½ Watched 04 Aug, 2015

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This film involves a lot of interesting themes (as well as a cute cat) but leaves nearly all of it underdeveloped.

    Leigh moves back home after her life in New York does not turn out as expected. Back home, she resumes the life she had as a teen, with her job as a lifeguard and hanging out with her best friends Mel and Todd. Trying to regain her youth, she starts hanging out with skater kids Jason and Matt.

    Leigh…

  • The Kings of Summer

    The Kings of Summer 2013

    ★★½ Watched 04 Aug, 2015 3

    Well, this certainly was anticlimactic.

    I've seen this rated so highly on Letterboxd but I found it excruciatingly dull. Sure, that house in the woods is beyond epic, but the characters are utterly unbelievable. How can parents and children alike be that immature and naive? It makes for terribly one-dimensional relationships, and the film refuses to look at anything in-depth. It's a lazy cop-out that a girl has to ruin boys' friendships, instead of exploring the boys' relationship and finding…

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  • War Horse

    War Horse 2011

    ★★ Watched 14 Feb, 2014 37

    What a shitfest. I would probably have liked this film better if it had been about a cat. Or, hell, even about that goose that walks around on the farm at the beginning of this film. That was a great goose.

    For a film called 'War Horse', it takes a long time for the 'war'-element to enter, so for the first 50 minutes, it's mainly 'horse' - and I happened to skip the horse part in my coming of age.…

  • Fifty Shades of Grey

    Fifty Shades of Grey 2015

    ★★★ Watched 13 Feb, 2015 12

    Do you judge the film, or the book? I tried to judge the film on its own merit, but kind of failed. I suppose the good news is, the film in better than the book.

    I'm not going to lie, I looked forward to seeing this - how often do you see a book by a woman about a woman, adapted for the screen by a woman, and then directed by a woman. When the director is Sam Taylor-Johnson, I'm…