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  • Moana

    Moana 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 04 Dec, 2016 1

    Probably my favorite recent Disney release. Damn—Q3 2016 really needed a feel-good animated musical.

    Bonus star for doof warrior coconuts

  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    Who Framed Roger Rabbit 1988

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 30 Nov, 2016

    “Scotch on the rocks. And I mean ice!”

    Another one of Zemeckis’s best—similar to Back to the Future, every single element sets up a gag or a plot point to come. Such tidy and efficient storytelling make this screwball-noir well worth a rewatch.

  • Ernest & Celestine

    Ernest & Celestine 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 26 Nov, 2016

    A clearer, more charming take on the learning-to-embrace-our-differences-and-accept-others storyline offered in Zootopia

  • Back to the Future

    Back to the Future 1985

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 25 Nov, 2016

    Back to the Future is the greatest time travel movie of all time—especially when paired with the Carl Sagan approved extended explanation offered in BTTF 2.

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2016

    ★★★ Watched 22 Nov, 2016

    As fun as it is to see Rowling’s magical world back, I don’t know what to make of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It oscillates between a slapstick, lighthearted tone as the cast of protagonists seek to round up magical critters and a darker intensity as the long game plot is revealed.

    This oscillation was distracting and left many of the key players underdeveloped by the end of Fantastic Beasts’ runtime. The one thing that was clear, however, was that this was a franchise builder. With five movies planned, it’ll be interesting to see if things pick up after this relatively slow start.

  • Arrival

    Arrival 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 10 Nov, 2016

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

  • ARQ

    ARQ 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 28 Sep, 2016

    A nice little 88-minute sci-fi punch. It reminds me of Moon or Primer when I think about how much it achieves without heaps of sets and effects. It’s a little more straightforward than those movies, however, but that didn’t make it any less fun.

    I hope writer/director Tony Elliot (also a writer for Orphan Black) gets to do more like this.

    Watch it on Netflix

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016

    ★★★½ Rewatched 28 Jul, 2016

    rewatch: ultimate edition

    Ok. minus ½ star this time around. I don’t disagree with many common gripes: disorganized script, lack of focus, too many set pieces & plot points, etc.

    I like how Evan Puschak (Nerdwriter) frames it—BVS’s fundamental flaw is Snyder’s preoccupation with moments rather than scenes (+moving the story forward). In other words, beautiful, iconic moments are presented with little underneath to lend substance.

    Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns left quite an impression on me, so I’m probably…

  • X-Men: Apocalypse

    X-Men: Apocalypse 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 10 Sep, 2016

    No amount of Marvel movie villain makeup can hide Oscar Issac’s charming grin. Seriously—look at this face. I wanted to give him a high-five and a hug. I think Issac is great, but it makes me appreciate how hard Lee Pace leaned into Ronin.

  • Sinners and Saints

    Sinners and Saints 2010

    ★★★½ Watched 11 Sep, 2016

    via Todd Gaines’s review

    As far as low budget action movies go, I don’t think it’d be fair to expect half as much as Sinners and Saints brings to the table.

  • The Neon Demon

    The Neon Demon 2016

    ★★★ Watched 31 Aug, 2016

    I imagine Refn wanted his film about superficial beauty to be superficial itself.

    It’s like a stylish room you feel cool sitting in—perfectly moody music, lighting, and feng shui all around. Once that’s sunk in, however, you find yourself restless and ready to leave early because there’s not much else inclining you to stay.

  • Hell or High Water

    Hell or High Water 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Aug, 2016

    I went into Hell or High Water expecting strong No Country for Old Men & True Detective vibes. While those harsh tones are there, it unexpectedly oscillates towards levity and casual charm on multiple fronts. It’s taken me a while to unpack whether or not I think that’s a good thing…

    On one hand you have the sun-dried West Texas landscape* and beautifully bleak, droning soundtrack composed by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis (See also The Assassination of Jesse James by…