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  • Beach Party

    Beach Party

    ★★★★

    77/100

    I'm currently watching my way chronologically through all of the Godzilla films and this was an exploratory viewing to see if I'd like to do the same with the Beach Party films. I'm on the fence after this viewing, which was enlightening, but inconclusive. Do I need to follow the rest of the Frankie and Dee Dee saga?

  • Moulin Rouge!

    Moulin Rouge!

    ★★★★★

    100/100 (10)

    The thing that's frustrating with Baz Luhrmann is that he's made one of the best films ever made and yet has come nowhere near that peak again in the 15+ years since. I'd like to hope that he's got at least one more film of somewhat similar caliber left in him. Maybe in another 10 years he'll emerge with another masterpiece that we've given up waiting for. Man, that would be great.

    The first time I saw Moulin…

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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