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  • The Thief of Bagdad

    The Thief of Bagdad

    ★★★★

    Immediate Response: 4/5
    Beginning: 3/5
    Middle 5/5
    End 4/5
    Rewatchability: 4/5
    Execution of purpose:5/5
    Engagement: 4/5
    Pace: 3/5
    Tone: 4/5
    Visuals: 10/10
    Use of Music/Sound: 3/5
    Thematic/ Emotional Resonance:4 /10
     Writing (Story/Dialogue): 8/10
    Performances/Characters:7 /10
    Honorable Elements Score:8/10


    Final Score: 76%

  • Roman J. Israel, Esq.

    Roman J. Israel, Esq.

    ★★½

    There is noble ambition behind the point of this movie, but doesn’t have a ton of dramatic motion, and takes some sill jumps with its lead characters in change in idealism that just seem sudden and silly. 

    Immediate Response: 2/5
    Beginning: 3.5/5
    Middle 2/5
    End 2/5
    Rewatchability: 2/5
    Execution of purpose: 2/5
    Engagement: 2.5/5
    Pace: 3/5
    Tone: 2/5
    Visuals: 7/10
    Use of Music/Sound: 3.5/5
    Thematic/ Emotional Resonance: 5/10
     Writing (Story/Dialogue): 2/10
    Performances/Characters: 5/10
    Honorable Elements Score: 4/10

    Final Score: 47.5%

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  • Boyhood

    Boyhood

    ★★★★★

    Short-as-possible synopsis: A boy grows up

    Thoughts about Boyhood:
    - The gimmick is what sells the movie, and that makes sense because it’s a great gimmick, but in the wrong hands this story telling technique could not be as effective. Linklater is able to use the maturing of the actor Ellar Coltrane to give a perfectly real-life portrait of the little passing moments of life that have an impact on who we grow into.

    - The aging of the actors…

  • X-Men: Days of Future Past

    X-Men: Days of Future Past

    ★★★★

    Days of Future Past has great fun action pieces connected by a lot of persuading. The film is very exciting and visually thrilling, and the story makes as much sense as a time travel movie containing eight thousand mutants can be. I just wish there was a better way to keep moving the story along rather than wordy convincing speeches. This movie is as much about the power of words as it is the powers of evolution.