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  • Crank

    Crank 2006

    ★★★½ Watched 05 May, 2015

    Jason Statham is a hit man poisoned with "Chinese shit" that will kill him if there's not enough adrenaline in his system. It's all the setup this frenetic ADD-riddled actioner needs to deliver a fun and entertaining thrill ride as Statham's Chev Chelios seeks revenge on the men who did this to him before his time runs out. The directors use a variety of shots - many seemingly video-game-inspired, which seems apt - to keep the visual style always shifting…

  • Oblivion

    Oblivion 2013

    ★★★½ Rewatched 28 Apr, 2015

    Still pretty enjoyable the second time through. Really slick visually and I absolutely love the score by M83. Tom Cruise seems a perfect fir for sci-fi action flicks, Andrea Riseborough is a fox, and Morgan Freeman is passable. The story made more sense this time through, and even knowing the twists I liked watching it. I know a lot of people dismiss this as empty pablum, but to me it's fun and engaging science fiction that's amazing to your eyeballs.

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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 reportedly contains 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…