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Alice Through the Looking Glass
9 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I wasn't a big fan of the first film because I hadn't realized it was a new story, rather than a retelling of the original book. Coming into this film without that preexisting notion made this experience highly enjoyable.
The world of Underland is well worth another look and the story, while a tad single minded, works well. All the characters fit nicely, but surely the best creation of this film is Cohen's Time and his castle full of minions. Such great creative imagination went into every moment he was on screen.
If the film lacks anywhere it's in its over-explanation of how Underland, or rather time, works. Wonderland was always a world where the impossible is possible for no reason at all and it did itself somewhat of a disservice to analyse the mechanics of time travel. But it was a minor issue.
I'm glad I gave this one a looksee and could see myself visiting Underland once more if they so choose!

Doctor Strange
2 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Marvel Studios just knows what it is doing when trying to translate their characters onto the big screen and especially has fun with their lesser known characters, This film is unlike any other Marvel film to date, unlike many films in general in certain scenes.

Cumberbatch plays a delightfully egotistical Strange and his character arc works out very well. It's also nice to see such a diverse cast of characters, and Swinton's Ancient One, though a departure from the comics, is a welcome role for a female actor.

The movie's strongest point is how it translates Steve Ditko's wild and indeed strange imagery into live action. It is unlike anything you've ever seen.

Funny, full of action, with memorable heroes and, yet again, a less than memorable villain, though Kaecilius has some great lines. Everything Marvel Studios is known for. It's always great how their movies can be serious about their threats and lighthearted at the same time.

Go see this film.

Sidenote: I am still not a fan of 3D. While it wasn't as bad as some films I feel like the 3D still does not enhance the experience.

Hell & Back
Hell & Back (2015)
2 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Very hard movie to sit through. Despite a stellar cast (minus, personally, Nick Swardson as the main character) and wonderful world building and animation, the writing is God awful. Lowest common denominator jokes abound with plot threads that lead nowhere amount to what could've been an enjoyable 15 minute Adult Swim short being a difficult to watch feature length mess.
I did chuckle at some truly funny moments, particularly in cameos by Paul F. Thompkins and John Benjamin, but it wasn't enough to save the lackluster comedy and it really hurt to see some great comedians fail to hit the marks.

The Incredibles
4 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Very few movies are as perfect on every level as The Incredibles. The music is memorable and fits the genre to a T, the characters are both new and interesting as well as nostalgic, and the plot and tone are delightfully campy in the best of ways.

Honestly the only word to describe the film is, indeed, Incredible.

Suicide Squad
Suicide Squad (2016)
5 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

*slight spoilers* LEAGUES better than Man of Steel or BvS, the film is very flawed yet highly enjoyable, which is a novel concept for the DCEU.
The plot is very thin and honestly not very well executed, but the characters that shine shine like gold. Still, a lot of the characters didn't get much of the shine they should've.
Highlights were definitely Harley, DeadShot, and Joker, though Rick Flag and Enchantress' love story was well done. I particularly enjoyed how Joker actual loves Harley, or seems to, because when he does throw her to the curb it'll blow every non-comic fan's mind!