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  • Valkyrie

    Valkyrie 2008

    ★★★ Watched 06 Apr, 2015

    Bryan Singer is a good director, though--like in his very different Superman Returns--there is a surprising lack of tension in Valkyrie, the true story of the Nazi officers who led a failed attempt on Hitler's life. So much of the film is consumed with explaining who's who and where they stand in the Reich that it can seem cold and distant. Little importance is given to what the men believe and what their plans are for Germany once Hitler is…

  • Jurassic Park

    Jurassic Park 1993

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 22 Jul, 2014

    I don't think the idea of "popcorn movies" is inherently a bad thing. People like to eat popcorn when they go out to a movie, right? It's part of the event, something you do when you want to have a good time. It's a comforting ritual. Cinematic comfort food doesn't come much more satisfying than Jurassic Park. After a long, exhausting day dealing with a family emergency, I came home, turned on the TV, and sat glued to an edited, commercial-filled version of a movie I've seen a hundred times and own on Blu-ray. And you know what? I don't regret a single P90X ad.

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  • Ruby Sparks

    Ruby Sparks 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 24 Oct, 2012 4

    I've written ten screenplays and several short films. The most widely read script of mine has been read by about half-a-dozen people, but I still consider myself a writer first and foremost. As you're writing, your work is solely yours. Once you've finished, it remains yours. But as soon as you release it into the world, as soon as you share it with one friend or colleague, that changes. It doesn't belong to you anymore. Sure, if your work is…

  • Donnie Darko

    Donnie Darko 2001

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 05 Apr, 2012

    A lot of people seem to be backing away from Donnie Darko nowadays, distancing themselves from it like it's a particularly painful memory, an unwelcome flashback to their high school days. Well, maybe so. But don't blame that on the movie. I'm not going to give it credit for profundity that it doesn't have, except that it kind of does. A mysterious puzzle of a film, but pleasingly straightforward about its oddness. Gyllenhaal, Barrymore, and Swayze doing the best work of their careers.