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  • The Titan

    The Titan

    + The science fiction stuff is nifty, if not expanded on quite enough.

    - Sammy boy cannot act, sorry.
    - Neither could anyone else here really. Even Tom Wilkinson was ridiculous.
    - Bad, CGI, bad!
    - That ending shot made me bust out in laughing tears and I know that isn't what the filmmakers wanted.
    - I just don't remember much else.

  • Isle of Dogs

    Isle of Dogs

    ★★★★

    "She can see the future?"
    "No, she understands television."

    + Sushi scene
    + The incinerator parts were absolutely hilarious
    + That Wes humor and charm in general
    + The drumming parts had oomph and power in the theater

    = Kinda-sorta "white savior"-y but not really

    - Scarlett and her character are completely useless *again* (Jungle Book)
    - Weird feeling of wanting more but not sure *what* I wanted more of?
    - It's not Grand Budapest

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  • Toy Story 3

    Toy Story 3

    ★★★★★

    Ah, this whole trilogy, man.

    This is the one trilogy, to me, that actually got BETTER with every film. Yeah, they're pretty straightforward with no twists or plot complications, but that doesn't matter. What does matter is that these movies and everything in them just feels right. Characters, scenarios, humor, morals, the endings.

    Especially the ending to this one. Not just the best way to end this movie, but to cap off the entire trilogy. There is ZERO need for a fourth one. Everything feels complete, everybody's gonna be on their own way elsewhere, nothing else needs to be done to enhance it. It's...just right.

  • Se7en

    Se7en

    ★★★★★

    I recently watched a mini-doc on David Fincher's film techniques. One of the scenes that's mentioned is the famous "box" scene. When he filmed Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, he used a handheld camera as "shakycam" to represent the two losing control of the situation. When he filmed Kevin Spacey, he used a tripod so it would be shot in place to represent him having all the power.

    I had never noticed this before, that genius bastard.