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  • Transformers

    Transformers

    ★★½

    It's hard to discern what is happening with the frenetic cuts in any scene with moving parts, but that also covers up any limitations of the digital effects. The end result is a pretty impressive looking sci-fi action world. I'm not sure that's all to Michael Bay's credit though, as it goes strongly against the very silly spirit of the script. The writers must have intended something much more campy but Bay approaches the material with more respect. That meathead…

  • GoldenEye

    GoldenEye

    ★★★½

    If my memory serves me correctly there was a sense in the mid 90s that the sci-fi hacking of the 80s was now a real thing and it could be presented as any other action trope. That's absolutely true, but looking at the computer shenanigans in this compared to the 80s is like hearing a teenager talk about when they were little. Perhaps this says more about my age at the time than the movie.

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  • 3-Iron

    3-Iron

    ★★★★½

    The first time I watched this movie I enjoyed it but wasn't blown away. I think I was expecting something more surreal after loving Dream (Bi-mong). This time around I was struck by how similar those movies are, and I'm a bit surprised I didn't appreciate it more before.

    The gradual introduction to the protagonists' world says enough about the whole movie. You get an image of the male character looking for something that he doesn't have, and then you…

  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    Inside Llewyn Davis

    ★★★★½

    I don't understand how the Coens manage to make stories that appear cynically dark but infusing them with a warmth and humor. This story of a singer-songwriter with a romanticized self-image is a hilarious tribute to struggling artists and the way they can sabotage themselves. Llewyn Davis writes nonsensical lyrics as he hasn't lived anything to write about, since that would cramp his artistic style and not let him live. This type of warped self-image is standard for the Coens…