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  • Noah

    Noah 2014

    ★½ Watched 11 Sep, 2016

    Out of a sense of morbid curiosity and against my better judgment and the warnings of pretty much everyone and everything, I decided to give Darren Aronofsky's modern Biblical epic a go. It started off as a glorious mess, a hodgepodge of sword-and-sandal fantasy intermeshed with a weird modern secularization of a Christian tale but mostly scrubbed of overtly preachy overtones. It was a combination I wasn't entirely comfortable with but willing to see to its conclusion.

    The inherent problem…

  • Baskin

    Baskin 2014

    ★★ Watched 09 Sep, 2016

    This Turkish horror film about a group of police that stumble onto a group of murderous devil worshippers starts out moody and atmospheric, and I was really starting to dig the tone of the film. But it takes a long time for things to develop, and the action is interspersed with a weird flashback interlude and a repeating dream sequence that attempt to be meaningful but end up diluting the stream of narrative. The gore is plentiful and nauseatingly realistic,…

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  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Apr, 2014 1

    While a lot of people seem to be down on the first Captain America movie, I actually enjoyed it quite a bit and was pretty interested to see the next entry in the franchise. The Winter Soldier is nothing less than a relentless action thrill ride with a heavy dose of intrigue thrown in. You can't say anything about this before recognizing how amazing the action setpieces are choreographed and shot - I've seen enough action movies to be jaded…

  • Godzilla

    Godzilla 2014

    ★★ Watched 23 May, 2014 1

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

    After the dud that was 1998's Godzilla (which I've seen but admittedly don't remember much about), I was understandably leery about another reboot of the classic Japanese mega-monster franchise. But the trailers promised something interesting - a dark modern monster movie that just might live up to the hype. Turns out I should have listened to my gut the first time around.

    The first warning sign is when Bryan Cranston, who is a tad hammy but is nonetheless the most…