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  • The Vast of Night

    The Vast of Night

    ★★½

    This had some great ideas and was really well made, especially for the budget. The cinematography, music and performances were all solid. The issue I had was the painfully slow pacing and long takes, where it might stay on one character talking for a lengthy period of time. It ultimately made it hard to stay interested in and felt long. I think this would’ve been an amazing short film, but as a feature it just needed some help with the pacing.

  • Adaptation.

    Adaptation.

    ★★★★★

    A perfect movie that has numerous themes, but the main one I take away is pursuing what you love, no matter what anyone thinks, whether it’s a person, a job, etc. This film is equally as heartbreaking as it is hilarious. Streep and Chris Cooper are both as good as they’ve ever been, but the real star here is Cage, who shines in not one but two leading roles, and he’s excellent as both. I don’t think he’s ever been…

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  • Spider-Man 2

    Spider-Man 2

    ★★★★★

    Me: I don’t really like comic book movies. They’re all the same.

    Sam Raimi’s Spider Man 2:

    Me: Never has a more perfect movie exis—

    Seriously. This is the best marvel movie and best superhero movie. Let’s all stop griping about Tobey Maguire because he’s top notch in all of these.

  • Ghosts of Mars

    Ghosts of Mars

    ★★★½

    I enjoyed this immensely more the 2nd time around than the first. Carpenter did Escape From LA, Vampires and this back to back, and most consider all 3 to be lesser works from him. To me, they all feel like he’s just having fun. They’re more action driven than horror, but all have this sense that he and the actors were just like let’s make a fun, kick ass action flick, and even if it is “lesser” Carpenter, it’s still a cut above most things.