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  • Superman Returns

    Superman Returns

    ★★½

    As a more modern update of the Reeve mythos, Superman Returns excels. It takes what Donner and Reeve did, and mixes it with the newer technology just far enough to not disrespect, but instead enhance the same vision (for example the gunshot in the eye is a wonderful touch). I also liked Brandon Routh much more than I thought I would. He embodies Reeve's charm and warmth without delving into a straight up imitation, and is a pretty solid replacement.…

  • Forrest Gump

    Forrest Gump

    ★★★★★

    I hear a lot about how the film celebrates stupidity and should be panned for pushing a pseudo-conservative message. While I have to agree the film celebrates simplicity (the last scene we get between Forrest and Jenny before she dies being a wonderfully beautiful example of it), I cannot agree that it is simple fluff that presents Forrest's lack of intelligence as a good thing for the sake of a lighthearted story.

    We are shown all these horrible things that…

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  • Stop Making Sense

    Stop Making Sense

    ★★★★★

    Whenever I tell people that Stop Making Sense is one of my favorite films, they always have the same look on their face. They've tossed it to the side as a simple concert documentary. A well-done concert documentary, but a concert documentary all the same, and don't understand why I'm praising what they think they could do with their iPhone at the next Beyonce concert they go to.

    While they're not necessarily wrong, their dismissiveness of the film almost proves…

  • The Lego Batman Movie

    The Lego Batman Movie

    ★★★½

    A lot of the time, I go to the movies to be challenged, to be made to read into a work to determine a theme, to be emotionally moved in some way, or to appreciate an example of mastery of the craft.

    Then again, sometimes I just want to go and have a giant grin put on my face by characters and situations I know aren't all that inventive or new, but manage to keep me very entertained nonetheless.