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SPOILER-FILLED MOVIE REVIEW: "Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens"

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This is not in any way intended to step on Flabbergasted's review from yesterday. I just figured that this was a big enough movie that it could support several reviews from several different angles. Anyone else who wants to review it should jump in with theirs as well. Also: please note that my spelling of the names is probably way off, as my hearing isn't great.

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(Partial) Movie Review: "Mad Max: Fury Road" 92015)

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Mad Max: Fury Road. Owing to circumstances I'd rather not go into, I only got to see about 1/3rd of the movie and then I had to leave. I was never in a position where I could just sort of relax and let the movie I've been waiting for for 15 years absorb me. Hopefully I'll be able to see the full thing while it's still in theaters, but I kinda doubt it.

My review of what I saw, spoiler-free as possible (Meaning I'm not revealing anything important, or that wasn't in the commercials, and I honestly don't know how it ends)

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MOVIE REVIEW: "Elysium" (2013)

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“Elysium,” if you didn’t know, was the good section of the afterlife in Greek mythology. Forget Tartarus and the Fields of Punishment and the other cheap seats, this was the velvet rope part of the afterlife. Not heaven, exactly, but a really good section reserved for the close personal friends and relatives of the gods. And some heroes. Remember that last bit: it’s important.

“Elysium” is also a fairly transparent political allegory by Neill Blomkamp, the South African director who gave us “District 9” in 2009. That, too, was a fairly guile-free political allegory.

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After Earth - Not really the stinker it was made out to be...

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Leading up to its release, I really wanted to go see After Earth. M. Night Shyamalan was due for another hit and Will Smith usually comes through in man vs Alien movies. Mixed reviews caused me to pass on seeing it in theaters, but curiosity finally got the better of me and I watched it at home. Here are my take aways –

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MOVIE REVIEW: "Gravity" (2013)

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I skipped reviewing this one the night I saw it because it was a late night to end a long string of late nights. That's made me lose a lot of the details I was going to talk about, so though I'm in much the same situation right now, I'm going to forge ahead with it. I blame severe lack of sleep for large portions of this review. In a technical sense, this was a very well made movie. The silence of space was both accurate and very compelling in setting the mood.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Kurzweil's Transcendent Man

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Transcendent Man is a documentary I’ve been meaning to review for Republibot for some time. It details the life and ideas of Ray Kurzweil, one of the main proponents of the Singularity, the idea that technology will reach a point, probably in the near future, when progress will be so rapid that the world will change instantaneously.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Cabin In The Woods

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I have an approach to reviewing films that I rarely share called Perfect Film/Perfect Movie. Basically it posits that a Perfect Film is one that I can’t fault any of the choices made in the execution of the film – story, cast, plot, direction, etc. A Perfect Movie is one that you can tune into at any time and something cool or interesting is going on, regardless of the craft involved. Obviously Perfect Films are a much smaller group than Perfect Movies, but still overall, they are elite clubs with few members.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Cowboys and Aliens

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“Cowboys and Aliens” is a fun movie, if not one that’ll change your life in any noticable way. The title pretty much tells you what the movie will be about. Still, it’s been so long since we saw a cowboy movie–let alone cowboys who had thoughts that originated above the waist–that I was glad to see men (and woman) a-horseback again.

The movie starts with James Bond waking up in the desert, shoeless, yet accessorized by a really snazzy bracelet.

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Chicken Little – Movie Review (**)

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So it seems that the great philosophical question of my generation has become “What thinketh thou, Disney?” A lot of times this question comes paired with the popular discussion topic “The Wings of Pixar: Candle Wax or Real Feathers?” Both subjects seem to be generated by the apparent belief that Disney seems to think that Animation for Animation’s sake is all that matters. That they can slap the semblance of a story together, input the whole thing into a render farm, pop out a templatized feature length product and just by the simple fact that they epoxy their Brand name to it, it instantly should make it a quality animated film in the grand tradition of their storied past. While Pixar preaches “Story, story, story” (now whether that will continue to be true in the future is still to be seen…), Disney is all about the Brand. And that fact about Disney is nowhere more evident than in Chicken Little, the newest animated mass market twinkie from the Mouse House’s piece work animation assembly lines.

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Tron: Legacy Movie Review (***)

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This is a hard movie to review for me. I am seriously conflicted on my feelings here. On one hand it is a shallow rehash of the original with poor acting, lazy 3D, and a overwhelming lack of heart. On the other hand it is a big budget sequel to Tron!

If I had to list the first movies that come to mind that were formational to me as a youth, it would be made up of a very short list (off the top of my head, quickly: Seven Blows of the Dragon, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Sting, M*A*S*H, Excalibur, and Tron – and really, if you know me personally at all, that should explain a lot).

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