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  • Spectre

    Spectre 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Nov, 2015

    To bring Spectre back successfully is to delicately balance the need to stay true to the feel of the original films without stumbling over the tropes Austin Powers drove into the ground. I’d say job well done.

    I was delighted to see homage paid to the 23 (24, unofficially) Bond films that came before. Some tributes were subtle easter eggs, and others more overt—like the chase down the slopes from the mountaintop locale, and the crater-based lair. I loved it…

  • Mary Poppins

    Mary Poppins 1964

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 07 Nov, 2015

    As close to a flawless classic as you can get in my book—plus, the 50+ year-old animation and special effects are unparalleled for the time… maybe all time

  • Skyfall

    Skyfall 2012

    ★★★★ Rewatched 05 Nov, 2015

    The final third of this movie is a perfect blend of Batman Begins and Home Alone—I would love to see a youtube edit where scenes of the raid on the house are blended with the wet bandits taking punishment.

  • Jurassic World

    Jurassic World 2015

    ★★ Watched 06 Oct, 2015

    “Watch yer six. Raptors got a new alpha”

    Funny—there were dinosaurs, but it felt more like a Predator reboot.

  • Cop Car

    Cop Car 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Aug, 2015

    I love the efficiency of this 86-minute film. You’re able to get a handle on each character so quickly—so easily—that I wish more movies would mimic the first 20 Minutes of Cop Car.

    Kevin Bacon plays a rotten cop whose panicked, furious reactions have got to be modeled after Wile E. Coyote. He’d be my favorite part had the portrayal of the two adolescent boys feigning confidence and daring each other deeper into trouble hadn’t been so spot-on.

  • Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

    Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Aug, 2015

    Mission Impossible films are typically good but not great by default. Tom doing stunts + his cohorts + solid action + car chases (without damn doves) is always enjoyable the way Chipotle is always good. It’s not surprising or particularly delightful, just reliable and predictable.

    The franchise moves beyond this with either an amazing villain or a strong directorial style. This movie had neither, and that’s why 3 remains my favorite. Philip Seymour Hoffman + J.J. Abrams set that installment…

  • Monkey Kingdom

    Monkey Kingdom 2015

    ★★★ Watched 07 Aug, 2015 1

    Unreal footage (in a good way), unreal story (in a bad way)

  • Shaun the Sheep Movie

    Shaun the Sheep Movie 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 06 Aug, 2015

    WALL-E (which is great in its own right) is acclaimed for its storytelling during 20 minutes with no dialogue. Shaun the Sheep has zero dialogue throughout the entire movie (and show)… only expressions, grunts, sighs, music, and charming stop-motion animation.

    It’s always refreshing to see so much done with so little.

  • Kingsman: The Secret Service

    Kingsman: The Secret Service 2015

    ★★★½ Rewatched 17 Jul, 2015

    Matthew Vaughn dropped out of directing an X-Men movie to direct a movie about a secret academy of kids in a mansion training to defend the world from an eccentric villain.

  • Solaris

    Solaris 2002

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Jun, 2015

    Beautiful, subtle science-fiction that I can’t help but compare to Sunshine and Moon. It’s got the mysterious celestial body playing a main character just like Sunshine, but it doesn’t go very deep in that direction. Rather, it focuses on relationships and humanity like Moon. Unlike Moon, however, the focus isn’t as razor sharp. The ambiguity helps create the right mood, but leaves me with less empathy for the character(s) and satisfaction for the journey taken.

    Added to Watchlist: 1972 Solaris

  • Sunshine

    Sunshine 2007

    ★★★★½ Watched 13 Jun, 2015

    Solid science-fiction with a nice balance of originality and nods to earlier films (Alien, Space Odyssey). I can’t believe I didn’t know about this until now.

  • River's Edge

    River's Edge 1986

    ★★★ Watched 22 May, 2015 1

    Imagine a parallel universe where Crispin Glover replaces Johnny Depp in all his roles—especially Edward Scissorhands