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  • Ghostbusters

    Ghostbusters 2016

    ★★½ Watched 16 Jul, 2016

    Well, this was a bummer. I was rooting for this movie, because a) it would just be nice to have another awesome GHOSTBUSTERS movie, and b) the complete stupidity of the GhostBros/"no female Ghostbusters" movement made it easy to hope for a great comedy that would make them look like even bigger morons (not that they need much help in that arena, but still). Unfortunately, though, the new GHOSTBUSTERS is ultimately a forgettable, shockingly bland effort...though I can at least…

  • The Look of Silence

    The Look of Silence 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 12 Jul, 2016

    Joshua Oppenheimer's companion piece to his incredible documentary THE ACT OF KILLING is another mesmerizing reflection on the politically motivated mass-killings that occurred in Indonesia in 1965 and 1966. In this film, the now grown brother of one of the victim's is given the opportunity from Oppenheimer to confront his brother's killers, under the guise of simply performing eye examinations on them. The resulting confrontations are every bit as uncomfortable as you might expect, and as we watch this man…

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 14 May, 2015

    "Pure cinema." It's the notion of focusing on the purest elements of cinema...motion, visual composition and rhythm.

    You will not find a better expression of Pure Cinema in the action genre than Mad Max: Fury Road.

    I loved every single beautiful, insane and exhilarating frame of this movie. This is the Mad Max series reborn in the most over-the-top, mythic fashion possible, delivering the biggest and best action sequences we have seen in years, while somehow also not forgetting to…

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 30 Apr, 2015 1

    While not supplanting Winter Soldier as my favorite (that's gonna be REALLY hard to do), Age of Ultron nonetheless is, to me, the ultimate promise of the MCU, fulfilled. This is the most "comic booky" comic book movie I have ever seen. Watching it actually replicates how it feels to read the big Marvel crossover events, thanks in large part to an episodic story structure that actually feels like a series of individual issues, but also thanks to just how…