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  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 2014

    ★★★ Watched 24 Nov, 2014

    As the first film to not have the games as a central framing device for the narrative (with tension ramping up to the games leading to a climactic finale), it's no wonder I've been hearing rumblings about how this film is "slow", "boring", etc.

    That said, as someone who has not read the books, I didn't find the first two-thirds of Mockingjay - Part I to be all that slow - or boring for that matter. Most scenes all contain…

  • Words and Pictures 2013

    ★★ Watched 23 Nov, 2014

    A fun but gimmicky set-up (it's english teach vs. art teach in a battle between which is more important: literature or art?) leads to a thoroughly uneven romantic comedy with moments of shining wit and tone-deaf bluntness.

    The central romance just doesn't really click when it finally happens, but the lead-up can be entertaining stuff. Plenty of head-shakingly lame teen-speak moments, and a final act that is really dreadful. It's also a bit too long. It's unfortunate, as there's a neat concept and a decent time-passer buried in here, but it's all just too muddled to fully work.

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  • Fletch 1985

    ★★★★★ Added

    Michael Ritchie's Fletch is an endlessly re-watchable -- and quotable -- comedy/action flick with a solid plot adapted from the book of the same name. The kind of movie that I can watch any day of the year (and in any mood) and I'll love it no matter what.

  • Interstellar 2014

    ★★★ Watched 07 Nov, 2014

    Phew, just remembered that I don't have to choose between thinking Interstellar was either THE WORST movie or THE BEST movie.

    It's a mixed bag, and your mileage may vary. I enjoyed sifting and sorting through all "Hmm, that's neat, I liked that, hated that, ambivalent to this bit, uninterested in that one, and oh come on really?". To be honest, I can't see myself running back to it for more viewings, but we'll see.

    The sentiment floating around about…