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  • Suicide Squad

    Suicide Squad

    ★★★

    So, embarrassing story coming up...

    I visited my sister tonight and she said "Hey, I got the Suicide Squad extended edition, want to watch?" I will be honest that I don't hate the film as much as most. To me, there's something fascinating about superhero movies that are filled with missed opportunities (which is why The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will never stop being fascinating to me). I felt like adding details would probably make it better.

    So we watched. We…

  • Elle

    Elle

    ★★★★

    This movie's great and all, but I'm confused as to how such a risque movie has Oscar buzz.

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  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

    ★★★★

    When approaching an older musical (or film for that matter), it's hard to not just fall into the "Yes, But." Category. To appreciate classic cinema is to overlook various ideals that have since become dated and look embarrassing. There's art beneath these ideas and to tear away the issues is to remove the artist's intentions. Recently, I watched Carousel, which was such an offensive attempt to turn a sexist male into a compassionate protagonist (his big revelation? Coming back to…

  • Selma

    Selma

    ★★★

    I saw it at an advanced screening (supposedly "the first audience"). I was chosen to be part of the focus group after and when asked whether the film was Excellent, Very Good, or Good, I put down Good. When the curator asked us to raise our hands for these individual selections, I was the only one who raised his hand for Good, making me the lowest rated person there.

    It was quite an experience because the issue with Good is that you take no fault in it, yet there isn't anything to praise either, which made me being singled out all the more interesting.