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  • Tai Chi Zero

    Tai Chi Zero 2012

    ★★★ Watched 03 Jul, 2015

    I've never done a lot of digging around in big-budget(-ish?) Chinese martial arts fantasy, but I figured, steampunk martial arts? Yes, I will see that.

    Between the steampunk kung fu, songs by In Flames (!) and playful subtitles that helpfully tell us where we might've seen the older actors before when we first see them, this looks more than what (little) I've seen like something meant to play to casuals and/or internationally. I'm never going to warm up to all…

  • Oh, God!

    Oh, God! 1977

    ★★★ Watched 03 Jul, 2015

    I saw the sequels when I was a kid - Book II was constantly on TV, and You Devil was a very early home-video rental - but until now I never did see the O.G. OG. George Burns was 81, and he'd been working on TV almost entirely since there was such thing as TV. Before this: one onscreen movie role since the 1930's.

    Burns's God is more than anything a charmer, a god who offers the kind of likably…

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 16 May, 2015 2

    George Miller had been talking about this - or at least, had been persistently asked about it in interviews - for like twenty years now, and I don't know what's different about now that he finally got around to making it but I'm glad he did. The response on this has been gobsmacking, though I was willing to chalk a fair bit of it up to Peak Gen-X Nostalgia, and it coming at a good time to be heralded as…

  • Jurassic World

    Jurassic World 2015

    ★★★ Watched 15 Jun, 2015

    Well, that's one way to make a Jurassic Park sequel - fuck it, they made the park. Open to the public, twenty thousand tourists a day, every bit the available-to-everyone dream of the old man in the first movie. What could possibly go wr...iiiiight.

    Y'all can see what Ingen's investors can't, so get ready for a bunch of people whose last sight will be the inside of a dinosaur's mouth. One death-by-dino is so drawn-out and terrifying for its victim…