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  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 11 Sep, 2016

    I don't think I liked this quite as much as I liked the 1st movie, but it's still surprisingly good. There's a bit less focus on April as a formidable part of the team, and the Casey Jones character is underwritten and awkward, but Bebop and Rocksteady are SO AWESOME that they mostly make up for those disappointments. Once again, the giant action set piece halfway through the movie is as good as it gets, and the obnoxious made-for-3D shots…

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 09 Sep, 2016

    I think it's a little silly that a movie *titled* "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" treats its heroes as something needing 20 minutes of shadowy build-up and a dramatic reveal, but it works out in this case because it establishes April O'Neil as the movie's real hero. Megan Fox may not be a GREAT actor, but she's better than she gets credit for -- and she really sells the kind of weird genre stuff that could go very wrong in a…

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  • Titanic

    Titanic 1997

    ★★★ Rewatched 12 Sep, 2015

    Having seen (and enjoyed) the Titanic exhibit in Vegas a few weeks ago, I wanted to revisit this movie. Time hasn't really helped it; the effects aren't as impressive as I remember and Jack and Rose are, if anything, even more ridiculous characters than I thought they were. But, for some reason, I liked it more tonight than I did in 1998. If someone tells me it's their favorite movie, I think I get it now. Maybe sometimes filmmaking isn't just about the writing. #shrug

  • 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.