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  • We Are Your Friends

    We Are Your Friends 2015

    ★★½ Watched 13 Nov, 2015

    This movie is mostly cliché after cliché after cliché, but it's not all bad. I've always liked Zac Efron and I'm surprised how much I liked Emily Ratajkowsi here (I don't know if I'd call her "a good actor" but she has a kooky charisma that works for me, at least in this). Some really great visuals and some good musical montages, but the formulaic story just is what it is. Trim a character (Cole doesn't really need three friends to tell this story) and tighten up the "day job" plot, and you're on your way to a much better movie, in my opinion.

  • Turbo Kid

    Turbo Kid 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Oct, 2015

    "This is the future. This is the year 1997." And just like that, I was all in.

    Turbo Kid is a fantastic homage to '80s action films, with a great soundtrack and some of the funniest kills I've ever seen. The story jumps around a little too much; at several points the question "How will our heroes get out of this one?" is answered with "They just do." And there's a little bit of bad acting here and there, but I'm pretty sure that's intentional. It doesn't break any new ground and it ain't literature, but it's a really fun movie.

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  • Mission: Impossible II

    Mission: Impossible II 2000

    ★★ Watched 31 Dec, 2011

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

    Finally got around to the last M:I movie I hadn't seen. It was way better than I expected, but the ridiculous John Woo BS was actually worse than I thought. Way worse. Throw in the horrible overuse of the mask gimmick, and I think the bad surprises cancel out the good ones.

  • The Imitation Game

    The Imitation Game 2014

    ★★½ Watched 11 Mar, 2015

    I think the distracting time-jumpy structure distracted the screenwriter most of all, because the characters here are all over the place. What's on the screen is actually pretty good, but it feels like a few scenes got cut accidentally and -- with three separate timelines going on -- no one noticed until it was too late. Pretty ballsy to start off with the central character demanding you pay close attention and then reward that attention with ... this movie.