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  • The Beach

    The Beach

    ★★½

    Like a song with a sweet melody that completely changes halfway through only to become dark, and off-kilter, but you admire its ambition despite it not really amounting to a cohesive whole. That song is called The Beach.

    Rye whiskey held my hand throughout.

  • The Siege

    The Siege

    ★★

    If one would compare The Siege to food it would most closely resemble a bag of stale potato chips. Nothing nutritious, and it doesn't even taste good.

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  • Spectre

    Spectre

    ★★½

    Spectre is almost always an entertaining film, but its energy is eventually unable to overcome its flaws. It starts off with an absolute bang, and the film continues to work for the next hour or so. The more the conflict built upon itself, the less interested I became. The overall story is very poorly constructed, and the final segment of the movie is downright weak. The action is great, and it is always wonderful to see James Bond on screen,…

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★★

    I'm in a state of reflection. I mean, wow, what a film! It's reasonably compelling, but with a quick gust of mighty wind, it blew me away. It goes to show how seemingly insignificant details can alter a film in a tremendous way, with a singular moment. Arrival is a true, thinking-man's science fiction film, and I haven't been this riveted by a film in what feels like ages.

    My only complaint? Story of Your Life is a better title.