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  • Mary and Max 2009

    ★★★ Watched 19 Dec, 2014

    It's mature and emotional animation, but why should I care about the characters? Elliot's style, which is mostly a narrator telling the story, reduces Mary, Max, and the odd people in their lives to mere caricatures. The claymation is good, I guess.

  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 2014

    ★★ Watched 19 Dec, 2014

    Wow. After years of road-blocks and millions of dollars, Peter Jackson has done it: he has created the greatest video game movie of all time.

    But there's two problems with that:
    1. There has yet to be a great video game movie (if 'Scott Pilgrim' counted, it would be on top by a landslide)
    2. This isn't based on a video game. But it totally feels like one.

    The problem with a movie like this is that I was hardly…

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  • Broken Flowers 2005

    ★★½ Watched 10 Dec, 2014

    Bill Murray might be even better in this than 'Lost in Translation', but the movie isn't. Jarmusch's style is totally muddled in my eyes though- all his characters besides Bill Murray's Don seem unreal in a bad way (even Don is a caricature of the Don Juan+35 years). In the end, the film really goes nowhere- it's not the destination that matters, but the journey. Another fault- the journey is meandering and often feels uninteresting BECAUSE THERE'S NO POINT to it. Claps to Bill Murray, but really nothing else.

  • The Double 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 17 Dec, 2014

    How is Richard Ayoade this talented? Not only is he one of the funniest comedians working today (Moss in 'The IT Crowd' is one of the great comedy characters of the past ten years), but he is also a talented director. This is a film about a man having a double, not dissimilar to 'Enemy', but it is much better. It's not an original plot, but the darkly funny way of telling it works a lot better than the creepy…