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Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons

I don’t watch Hong Kong films like I used to, but I’m certainly glad that I was pointed to this. Loved it. I’m also a big fan of Stephen Chow’s Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle (especially the latter), and this one is just as fun. There’s just so much joy in all the sequences, and the characters are great too. Oh, and Shu Qi, of course.

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Liberal Arts

Yeah, I’m often a sucker for indie romance flicks – here’s a good list if you’re looking for some – and I liked this too. It’s not groundbreaking or anything, but I enjoyed watching it.

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Furious 6

Yes, this movie is ridiculous, but man, there’s a lot of fun to be had with those crazy driving sequences – the last 45 minutes or so of Furious 6 is just insanely fun to watch. And oh man, that after-the-credits ending…

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Star Trek Into Darkness

I’m pretty sure the first J.J. Star Trek film is my favorite Hollywood film of the past decade, and damn if this wasn’t great too. Had so much fun watching it, and just like the first one, loved it for its fantastic mix of action, effects, characters, humor, and sci-fi goodness. Already can’t wait for the next one.

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Iron Man 3

This was pretty damn good, especially that big action sequence at the end, with Stark jumping from Iron Man to Iron Man. I also liked what they did with the Mandarin – who cares that it’s so different from the comics, it was a neat twist. I think this is my favorite of the 3 films.

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Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox

A friend kept saying how good this was, so I decided to watch it, and yes, it is indeed one of the better DC animated films. It’s the storyline that sets up the reboot of the DC Universe from a couple of years ago, and although I had read the original comic series, it was nice seeing it again in a more condensed form – in fact, I found the story more interesting this time, probably because of the problem with big event series these days, in which the overwhelming number of spinoffs really dilute the main storyline (and the main series is often hard to follow if you don’t read some of those spinoffs). I’ve enjoyed quite a few of these DC animated films in the past, and my biggest gripe remains the same: I just wish the quality of animation was higher – it still comes off as barely above TV grade.

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The Great Gatsby

I’m still trying to figure out to what level I liked this film. I definitely liked the art direction, the over-the-top music sequences – actually wish there would have been more of those – and the kinetic editing by Luhrmann. The story itself is ho-hum, and I really didn’t feel like the movie had to be as long as it is (2 and a half hours). 

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Evil Dead

Now this is how you do a remake. Change things up, do some fun homages to the original, and surprise with different choices. This film is truly horrific, and one of the bloodiest things I’ve seen in a while. And I don’t want to spoil, but you NEED to watch until the end of the credits… After watching this I was reading up on the franchise, and not only is a sequel to this film in the works, but Raimi has also started writing Army of Darkness 2, and the ultimate plan is to then do a 7th film that would merge all of these things together.

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Pain & Gain

Oh man did I ever have fun watching this. Who says Michael Bay has no sense of humor? This was exactly what I was in the mood for, a sort of 80s/90s era comedy/crime film. It’s really funny as hell, and there are so many great characters in this – and Rebel Wilson yet again drops the mic in every single scene she’s in. Don’t miss out just because Bay directed it, it’s too fun (in a dark way) to not watch.

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Porco Rosso

Porco Rosso is awesome through and through. Really love this film, and all of the dogfighting sequences are truly thrilling to watch. Even though it won’t be directed by Miyazaki, I’m still really excited that a sequel is coming our way soon. I want to experience this world again, with a new story.