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  • Signs 2002

    ★★½ Rewatched 25 Oct, 2014

    I actually (still) like Shyamalan, but this isn't as good as I remember it being. Some of the filmmaking feels dated and the plot is pretty clearly Shyamalan starting with an ending in mind and then forcing everything else to fit that plan. Good acting, though, and a few good jump scares. And I like the broad strokes of the story; it just needed a bit more finesse.

  • Good Morning, Vietnam 1987

    ★★★ Watched 21 Oct, 2014

    I thought I'd already seen this back in the day, but it turns out everything I remembered was from listening to the soundtrack (on cassette, because 1987, duh). Good movie, though I think the last act plays it a little safe and shallow. Maybe it's a sign of the times, but I expected it to hit harder once it started stretching beyond pure comedy.

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  • Sneakers 1992

    ★★★ Watched 03 Nov, 2013

    A little dated and uneven, but fun. There's not quite enough screenplay to keep everyone in the (incredible!) cast busy, and it feels more like a long TV episode than a movie, but I would definitely watch that show.

  • The Avengers 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 08 May, 2012

    I don't think this is the greatest superhero movie ever made or anything, but it's a lot of fun and probably as good as it could be given all the elements it had to bring together. It's a bit unbalanced, with Tony Stark/Iron Man clearly the strongest character (who gets all the best lines), followed closely by Steve Rogers/Captain America -- with the rest of the cast feeling rather thin until the climactic battle when everyone gets to shine. But…