Again more of an arc movie, which is fine, but I really wish there was more of a stronger throughline plot wise in this one. The heavy stuff towards the end is amazing and heart-wrenching, but it all feels a bit disjointed, precisely how an adaptation shouldn't feel. It's still a fun and decent movie, and the overall Harry vs Voldemort conflict is epic, but I wish this episode in particular felt more cohesive.
Feels like more of a story arc film than a standalone, but it's in furtherance of the ever increasing battle between Harry and Voldemort so it's OK. Delores Umbridge is probably one of the worst cinematic villains in history. The battle between Dumbledore and Voldemort is awesome, but the wand lightning battles really owe a bit to Star Wars. All in all a pretty good film. I really wish Gary Oldman/Sirius Black had played a bigger role in the series. Oh well.
While a lot of people seem to be down on the first Captain America movie, I actually enjoyed it quite a bit and was pretty interested to see the next entry in the franchise. The Winter Soldier is nothing less than a relentless action thrill ride with a heavy dose of intrigue thrown in. You can't say anything about this before recognizing how amazing the action setpieces are choreographed and shot - I've seen enough action movies to be jaded…
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After the dud that was 1998's Godzilla (which I've seen but admittedly don't remember much about), I was understandably leery about another reboot of the classic Japanese mega-monster franchise. But the trailers promised something interesting - a dark modern monster movie that just might live up to the hype. Turns out I should have listened to my gut the first time around.
The first warning sign is when Bryan Cranston, who is a tad hammy but is nonetheless the most…