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Time spent watching films, even crappy ones, is time well-spent.

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    These aren't comments on ALL of the movies through which I've cried, yawned, laughed, and rolled my eyes, but just about everything I've seen since early 2002 is here plus a few from earlier. Post dates reflect my screening & parenthetical dates are the year of US release (aka Oscar eligibility).
    Yeah, a movie review blog isn't very original. But originality is overrated. Just ask Michael Bay.


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

I'll first explain that I saw this with a group during an out-of-state get-together for mafiascum -- so I was exhausted, which could have compromised my enjoyment somewhat.

But still. It seems that all the slow angst from the book has been thrown out in favor of quick spectacle. The insidious Umbridge becomes a joke with power here and the petulant Harry (whose attitude, I'll admit, got on my last nerve when I was reading) is instead a tormented hero. We moved at such a clip throughout that I barely had time to register what had just happened before we were on to the next big scene. And, when I think back on it, I believe that the pace is fully responsible for any illusion of excitement as the content itself is pretty "eh." We spent more than two hours barely getting anywhere, but we did get to see a bunch of flashy lights!

I was tired. Rather than waking me up, this film just wore me out.