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  • The Dark Knight

    The Dark Knight

    ★★★★

    77/100 (4)

    I don't know why I had a fourth viewing of this today, but I did. I feel pretty much as I always have. Ledger is really good, but this film and the next dwells too heavily on the collective psyche of Gotham than on the mental state of its various central characters.

  • Les Girls

    Les Girls

    ★★★½

    62/100 (2)

    Another film I watched and liked years ago and was on my list to track down and actually rate. It seems like Gene Kelly made a bunch of these semi-musicals, probably way more than he actually did. If you'd ever wished for a light-hearted MGM musical version of Roshomon, this is the film for you.

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  • The Incredibles

    The Incredibles

    ★★★★★

    First off, this is in my opinion the best superhero film ever made. Easily. It also might be my favorite animated film of all time.

    Secondly, when the character design in a movie is so darn good, one bad design stands out like a sore thumb. Dash's teacher with the round and oversized head who appears in an early scene absolutely drives me crazy. He looks terrible by comparison to everyone else. Bad enough that I'd love to see them…

  • Boyhood

    Boyhood

    ★★★

    I didn't expect to have this reaction to Boyhood, especially given how much I like Linklater's Before trilogy, but I feel like Boyhood is really only noteworthy for the "filmed over 12 years" gimmick.

    Linklater seems to have been shooting for a film about an entirely normal kid. That's great, I guess, if you like realism (although I think the two dimensionality of most of the background characters is anything but realistic), but if I'm making a choice between "realistic" and "compelling", I think I'm always going to side with "compelling".

    58/100