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  • The Boxtrolls 2014

    ★½ Watched 26 Sep, 2014

    "For most of the film, Trout and Pickles suffer the worst form of narrative disorientation—they have no clue whether their works are for good or evil. The conclusion to their story of lostness doesn’t give many details as to the difference between those. And that casts a dull redemption. They’re like the traveler who stumbled upon the correct destination by sheer luck, and couldn’t return or tell someone how to get there if she tried.

    I felt indifferent when the…

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014

    ★★★ Watched 30 Aug, 2014

    I was entertained for the whole 2 hours and 16 minutes of my Saturday dollar-theater-distraction™.

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  • Noah 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 28 Mar, 2014

    For me, the really interesting thing about this film--among many notable conversation points--is the sense in which it is about the complex facets of communication with God, and the significance of myths which are passed along from one generation to the next. Tubal-Cain demands that God speak to him; Noah receives visions from God, but then wrestles with what God wants him to do. What's more, there's a strong sense in this film in which barrenness connects with the chaos…

  • Muppets Most Wanted 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 22 Mar, 2014

    In his 2013 biography of Henson, Brian Jay Jones notes that from the early days Kermit "was the sun around which the entire Muppet solar system revolved," and (quoting head writer Jerry Juhl) goes on to say, "More important, [the other Muppets] have to relate to him. Without Kermit, they don't work. Nothing could happen without him. The other characters do not have what it takes to hold things together."

    I would argue that MUPPETS MOST WANTED is about this. More at CT: www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2014/march-web-only/muppets-most-wanted.html?start=1