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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★

    Every now and then you see a piece of cinema mastery in which the story, writing, acting, and editing all blend together into a memorable piece of art. 


    The Rise of Skywalker is not that movie. 


    It feels like they put together the end piece, then had to somehow get the main cast from point A to point Z while trying to provide character arcs, plot points, and some semblance of emotion. Unfortunately they failed. 


    I spent the first 30…

  • Suicide Squad

    Suicide Squad

    ★★

    Meh.

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  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    ★★★★

    What an utterly ridiculous movie. The weird comic book effects, the nonsensical storyline, the completely over-the-top "magic" effects and so on.

    I loved it!

    Michael Cera fit the role really well, though it certainly matched the "young and awkward" stereo-type he's fallen into. The choreographed fight scenes were very well done, and the crazy visual effects fit the action really well.

    If you value a story, this is definitely not the movie for you. But if you want a film that requires very little thought, incorporates some nice action sequences and has really quite impressive visual effects, I would heartily recommend it.

  • How to Train Your Dragon

    How to Train Your Dragon

    ★★★★

    I loved the first 10 minutes of this movie. They managed to pack in backstory, character introduction, inter-character conflict and a crisis in need of resolution, all during a single action sequence. It felt like a masterful piece of storytelling that so many films get completely wrong.

    From there the story followed the expected path, but done in such a manner that it felt natural, and not at all forced.

    Combined with some really nice graphics, this was overall a enjoyable movie to watch.