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  • Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

    Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

    ★★★

    55/100

    Watched with my kids at the library on a TV with motion smoothing turned on. But with that in mind, I still gave this a fair shake. There are some ingenious storytelling devices in this. It has a far from conventional storyline and the fourth wall is broken repeatedly. It just didn't do it for me.

  • Ikiru

    Ikiru

    ★★★

    I've finally seen Ikiru, after years of passing it by on the DVD shelf at my local library. It took Seven Samurai to do it. I wanted to see the film he made immediately prior.

    And, well, it's a really long film given its subject matter. And its best character only appears for about 1/4 of it.

    It's a very sincere film but no one but Takashi Shimura and Miki Odagiri make much of an impression and that's not really a good sign for a film that's almost 2.5 hrs long. I really for the life of me have no idea why it's so revered.

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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