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  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

    ★★★★½

    86/100 (3)

    I don't think this is the best Pirates film. I know that puts me squarely in the minority but the best villain in the franchise will always be Davy Jones and it's impossible for a film devoid of his presence to be the best one.

    I love how long of a game Jack is playing in this film and the subsequent ones. He plays the fool on the surface but always seems to be thinking 10-20 movies in…

  • Shin Godzilla

    Shin Godzilla

    ★★★★

    76/100

    I wanted to like this better. I really did. It mostly focuses on the bureaucratic response to a Godzilla attack. And that bureaucratic process if cut very sharply with nice camera angles and lots of quick, shouted dialogue. There's a sort of tone-deaf character played by Satomi Ishihara who supposedly represents the US government but I get the distinctive impression she learned her English dialogue phonetically. It's sort of cringe-inducing and never very believable. Unfortunately she plays a large…

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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