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  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 04 Apr, 2014

    The best parts of The Winter Soldier are the 70's conspiracy film riffs - less successful as it's own superhero film. A little muddled story-wise, but some Whedon-esque quips and some fun action sequences makes this one another post-Avengers winner for Marvel.

  • Blackfish 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 31 Mar, 2014

    A documentary sure to be infuriating for many. One-sided and more of a hatchet job on Seaworld than anything else, but such an interesting subject matter that formal shortcomings become of less importance.

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  • Sideways 2004

    ★★★★ Watched 10 Apr, 2013

    The arc of human lives = the aging of wine. Graceful in peaking, yet sharp in decline. Peaks must be seized upon, lest degradation take hold. Payne provides a character in Giammati with so much crushing humanity that the (sometimes) broad gags feel more honest than they would in a lesser film. Lush score and editing provide a serene and gorgeous portrait of joy and poignant sadness as the characters attempt to find life's meaning in the California countryside.

  • The Runaways 2010

    ★★ Watched 28 Feb, 2014

    Only comes to life when Michael Shannon's character is on screen. And even then, he fails to revive the film from bland lead performances, an overlong running time, and a true-story narrative executed with zero originality or vision.