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  • The Spy Who Loved Me

    The Spy Who Loved Me

    ★★★★½

    Roger Moore's films were the first Bond films I latched onto. This was  my favorite of his growing up, and that hasn't changed.  

    Moore's third entry in the series really hits that Bond sweet spot for me. It obviously has the fun, over-the-top moments, but it also has great sense of tension and drama.   There's a wonderful moment when Anya figures out that Bond was responsible for the death of her former lover.  That scene is a highlight of Moore's acting in the series.

  • Hard Boiled

    Hard Boiled

    ★★★★★

    I watched this religiously in high school, and I must say it holds up quite well. It showcases some of the best gunfights in cinema history. Also, wow, did I not remember so many civilians getting killed. Yikes. I think it's time for a nice John Woo chain reaction. Going to check out Bullet in the Head next!

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  • Identity Thief

    Identity Thief

    Abysmal.

  • The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games

    ★★★

    Overall, I will say that I found the movie watchable and somewhat entertaining with Jennifer Lawrence giving a pretty decent performance in the lead role.
    The movie is a pretty standard and unimaginative retelling of the novel, even though novelist Suzanne Collins had a hand in the screenplay. Director Ross really didn't bring anything interesting or exciting to the table. His direction was merely competent. I was surprised by how cheap looking the film was for its budget, which is particularly apparent whenever visual effects are used. The shaky cam/verite aesthetic was VERY obnoxious and off-putting.