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  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    ★★★★½

    Like the first "Guardians", it's as if James Gunn visited the inside of my head, did some research, took some pictures, then made a film about what he saw in there. That being said, I enjoyed the hell out of it and wished I had been the one who made it. Granted it's quite a bit goofier than the first and not as balanced as a result, but it's still absolute fun.

  • Ghost in the Shell

    Ghost in the Shell

    ★★½

    As I've stated before, anime is wildly hit or miss for me. I originally watched "Ghost in the Shell" on a worn VHS tape I borrowed from a friend years ago. I'm not sure why it's so highly regarded. Yes, it's absolutely beautiful from an animation perspective, but outside of that, it's wall-to-wall emotionless monologuing stuffed with forced exposition. It's like if Terrence Malick made an anime (Yes, I'm going there... No, it's not a compliment.). When it ends, you feel as though you've only watched 20% of a full movie.

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★

    "Mad Max: Fury Road": A cross between an 80s action movie and a Slipknot music video. It's every bit as insane as it sounds and it's great.

  • Prometheus

    Prometheus

    ★★★★

    I really don't understand the hate this film gets. Sure there are moments that feel painfully contrived, but the overall offerings far outweigh those issues. I'm happy enough just seeing Ridley Scott return to classic science fiction. As a big fan of the first two "Alien" films and the lore associated, I found "Prometheus" to be very satisfying, despite the script hangups. It's beautiful and visceral all at the same time.