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Add I thought a Rubik’s Cube was confusing (Cube movie review)

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Sometimes you wander around Netflix and just pick whatever. If you randomly watch Cube, you could do worse.

I think the thing I liked most about this movie was its ability to make me care and like these characters. I actively rooted for them and I didn’t want them to die – this might seem like a low bar, but trust me, many movies grasp for this bottom rung and fail. Even when one character goes crazy for reasons I don’t fully understand, I just care about how this changes the way that character interacts with the others. I still care, even if it doesn’t make sense.

This is an achievement.

I can’t remember the last time I saw a movie do so much with so little. Man, they recycled and reused basically one set and just let the tension draw from the performances. But more than that, even when the dialogue was pretentious or unclear, the movie found a way to sell it.

Some of the performances are over the top, the last scene is too vague, but somehow, it overcomes all this. Cube isn’t a perfect movie, but it’s pretty damn good. I’m excited to watch it again, so that’s about as ringing an endorsement you’re going to get from me.

Fifteen Million Merits review (Black Mirror S 1 E 2)

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After skipping the first episode of Black Mirror (somebody spoiled it for me and… yeah, no thank you),  I jumped into the cutting edge of 2011 entertainment and watched the second offering, “Fifteen Million Merits.” I loved it.  Here’s why:

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Santa Claws (2014) movie review

That “The Asylum” production logo at the beginning of the above trailer above should serve as a warning – they don’t make great movies. But this movie is like an insanity test – watching Santa Claws may end with you being institutionalized. Read the rest of this entry

A Very Murray Christmas has heart but no hop

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It’s not often that one comes across something like A Very Murray Christmas.  It’s not terrible, it’s not great – it’s a disappointment, but I’m not sorry I watched it…  I wouldn’t even call it an oddity of mediocrity, because it’s not necessarily mediocre.  It just kind of… is. Read the rest of this entry

The Nightmare Before Christmas movie review

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As it’s available on Netflix, I finally got around to watching The Nightmare Before Christmas.  Not being a big Tim Burton fan, I dialed my expectations down… then just a tiny bit back up again when I realized he neither directed the movie nor wrote the screenplay.  Over 20 years after it was new, I watched the stop motion film with the 94% Rotten Tomatoes score with bated breath.   Read the rest of this entry

And So It Goes movie review

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What is the rubric upon which And So It Goes is to be judged against?  I’m going to say similar geriatric RomComs, and since Diane Keaton is in this flick, Something’s Gotta Give is a fair comparison, and by that standard… I guess this movie doesn’t suck donkey dong.

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Bojack Horseman season 1 review

Bojack Horseman is the Netflix original that stole our hearts this weekend.  Season 1 (2014) is full of every ingredient you need to make a delicious comedy cotten candy treat that’s so good you eat it till you barf.  Here’s why.  Read the rest of this entry

Daredevil season 1 review

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After watching Agents of SHIELD, Agent Carter and Gotham, I can’t express how enjoyable an experience it was to watch Daredevil on Netflix.  (But I’m going to try.)  Finally, after… I dunno, 10 movies and two TV series,  Marvel was able to cut loose and bring us a reality that wasn’t too grim but still was recognizable as our own; or as close as we’d like to get.   Daredevil is the show comic books fans have been waiting for since Iron Man first hit the stage. Read the rest of this entry

First Impressions of Nintendo Wii U

We finally got Nintendo Wii U and I have to say that overall, I am digging it.  It’s not perfect (and I think they could make some easy tweaks to improve stuff), but it’s far from disappointing.  Read the rest of this entry

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (movie review)

Besides being an entertaining film in its own right, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil is an excellent “it’s kinda like [insert movie title here]” movie, because you can insert five different movie titles in the blank. Read the rest of this entry

What’s Your Number? (movie review)

It’s Anna Faris (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) and the Captain himself, Chris Evans, together, in a comedy! That sounds promising! And yet, despite its somewhat unique premise, What’s Your Number? is a by the numbers twenty first century romantic comedy. (You see what I did there?) Read the rest of this entry

The Host (movie review)

After watching The Host on Netflix streaming, I can only give it the lowest compliment one has to offer a movie: it’s better than Twilight. Read the rest of this entry

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