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  • Neighbors

    Neighbors

    I apologize for tagging this film as a comedy in my review because I believe it actually isn't one. This film is unfunny from start to finish, it isn't original in its story, characters, or gags. The blandness of the suburbs theme is neither original or interesting, the score is dreadful, and the gimmick of Aykryod and Belushi switching roles adds zero value.

    I want Neighbors to be good and I want to like it, but I don't ever see myself revisiting it again.

  • Hugo

    Hugo

    ★★★½

    Hugo does scratch a lot of itches - it's a fun watch, a kids film that is expertly made, a love letter to film and its preservation, and an endless display of clicking gears. It is certainly not perfect, though. The story isn't tight enough - it meanders too much and the complications for our hero just don't seem like enough. That makes the core driving force a little bland, but it isn't quite as noticeable with the incredible visuals and production design.

    It's dazzling, surreal, and has masterpiece moments, but as a cohesive work of art it falls a few ticks short.

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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    ★★★★

    Charming and fun who-dunnit. The usual attention to detail, offbeat humor, and quirky Anderson style are all there. Mixed with interesting animation, period jumping, and aspect ratio tinkering, this is a great watch.

  • Skyfall

    Skyfall

    ★★★★½

    Works as a spy film, action film, revenge film, and siege film. Does a good job at taking relatively small stakes (for a Bond film), and blowing them up on a grander scale. So easily digestible, this film is fun to watch, has the just the right amount of humor, and is the best looking Bond film ever.