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  • The Magnificent Seven

    The Magnificent Seven 2016

    ★★★ Watched 07 Dec, 2016

    HUGE disappointment a few minutes into this when I realized that Peter Sarsgaard wasn't Jonny Lee Miller. Otherwise, a pretty fun modern Western. Chris Pratt is great, though it feels like his sell-by date is coming up fast if he doesn't add a few more twists to his onscreen persona. Characters in general were pretty thin, but their interactions were cute and the action scenes have Fuqua's usual magic touch. Ethan Hawke's character seemed to have the most going on…

  • Westworld

    Westworld 1973

    ★★½ Watched 06 Dec, 2016

    I've been successfully resisting all the recent Westworld hype, but I caught the beginning of this on tv during a sick day and got hooked. Richard Benjamin and Yul Brenner are great; it's worth watching just for them (and don't forget about James Brolin!). But the random, out-of-nowhere, "the robots are malfunctioning; we don't know why" plot makes "underwritten" an understatement. The idea at the core of the movie is great. Too bad it's literally the only idea in the entire thing. At least it's short.

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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.