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  • Project Moon Base

    Project Moon Base

    Found this on Youtube and my love of sci-fi B movies meant I had to watch it, especially since Robert Heinlein has co-writing credit. The science isn't too bad for the 50's. The portrayal of the female astronaut made me utter the words "oh my god" more than once.

  • Stoker

    Stoker

    Stoker is as refreshing as it is chilling. It has a slower pace than most mystery-thrillers, but instead of being boring there's an almost inexorable feeling something horrible is about to happen. The end, for me, was at first surprising then perfectly logical. It's also immensely emotionally satisfying, but I'm not sure how I feel about that! Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode give excellent performances.

  • American Hustle

    American Hustle

    David O. Russell stories are hit and miss for me. American Hustle was a miss. Though the movie was well done I didn't get drawn into the story. The plot was fun but none of the characters appealed to me. This wasn't the fault of the acting.

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street

    Over all I enjoyed The Wolf of Wall Street. It should have been a bit shorter. Some of the scenes felt too long and I was waiting for the movie to wrap up. I enjoyed the breaking of the fourth wall and ongoing story narration by the Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) character. It would be interesting to screen this as a double feature with Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Belfort is like Ferris Bueller with no moral compass.

  • Erased

    Erased

    A father/daughter spy intrigue is an interesting starting point for a story. Instead of simply being kidnapped to motivate the father, she's in the mess along with him. Unfortunately the writer didn't seem to know what to do with her. All the characters are all pretty one dimensional. A forgettable watch all the sadder for the lost potential.

  • The Big Wedding

    The Big Wedding

    Complete fluff and nothing remarkable. Some great talent, nearly everyone was on their game and there were some laughs. A nice little forgettable watch.

  • The Family

    The Family

    With great actors and a great director it's no surprise I enjoyed The Family. Mostly. While some of the killing was required, it is a mob story, a lot of it felt gratuitous. I'm less at ease with gratuitous killing than I used to be. Good, one-time watch fluff.

  • The Lone Ranger

    The Lone Ranger

    What were they thinking when they conceived this? It's a credit to the actors and production team that it's as watchable as it is but the story didn't work, especially the humour.

  • Olympus Has Fallen

    Olympus Has Fallen

    Good action. Well paced. Nice for a change that the terrorists weren't from the Middle East. Horrible geopolitics and a plot so implausible it took me out of the story. Still, a fun watch if you like this kind of movie.

  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

    I feel like this franchise has been whored out to 3D effects and lavish action sequences. Less action and more characters would have been appreciated. Or not calling it the Hobbit and making me expect a story. As a mindless summer action flick this would have been fine.

  • The Numbers Station

    The Numbers Station

    The premise was interesting and the action carried things along but the story was ultimately uninspiring and had horrible plot holes. The Numbers Station was an ok watch but forgettable.

  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

    Classic second of three movie plot where it's more of a bridge than something that can standalone. I hate those. I wish I had waited until just before the third movie came out to watch this one. Great casting, some good moments, but it didn't make up for a weak story.