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Superman Returns
10 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

My reaction to the movie is the same with all the other nerds who have written. I love this movie, it isn't perfect, but there is much to love. I think the plot loopholes are big enough to fly a Boeing 777 through, especially with Lex's latest plan to make a buck and get revenge from Superman, and with the return of Superman and Superman's lame (the lamest of all the superheroes) disguise using a pair of glasses. I could fly loop-de-loop through these loopholes but I'm not inclined to, like I'm inclined to poke at X-3's faults to its death despite X-3's obvious merits (it's short, it's entertaining. So is masturbation.)
Singer focused instead on the conflict between Lois Lane, her son, her fiance Richard White and Superman.Lex Luthor and his plot are just McGuffins to put Lois in peril (though I enjoyed Spacey and Parker Posey together. Spacey's Luthor is definitely an improvement).
Routh? He can't bury Christopher Reeve. Yet you're convinced, he IS Superman. It's like, I guess there's room for their coexistence, two very good Supermen. You might think of that as a win-win situation?
What won me over was when Lois Lane was in the hospital. When she left, there was Martha Kent. I thought this is stupid, Lois Lane can go in but not Superman's mom? When I was driving home, I realized, oh yeah, she's supposed to be a secret, she CAN'T go in and claim to be the mom. Then when I was reading the online reviews, finally able to read spoilers, one reviewer pointed out Martha's moment and I simply cried. It was throwaway, it was a moment, but they did think of putting it in there. What if your son is sick, and you can't visit him, you're outside with all the other yokels and you're just as in the dark? I think it shows the love the makers have for their creation.
Before my realization, I was kind of vacillating, not if I should love or hate this movie, but if I should be enthusiastic about it or I should be lukewarm. But now I'm sure, I've given in: I definitely LOVE this movie, warts and all!

Mission: Impossible III
10 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

10. The windmill farm, the bridge (a tribute to True Lies), the Shanghai skyscrapers.

9. How these totally ludicrous face masks are rationalized (and are now transformed into something more retro-cool and plausible).

8. The macguffin called the "Rabbit's Foot". They couldn't have picked a sillier name, which is exactly the point.

7. Maggie Q in a red dress. They should burn her at the stake for inducing lust in the Vatican.

6. Lawrence Fishburne royally reaming out Prefontaine and Hunt.

5. Michelle Monaghan compared to the giant miscast of Thandie Newton (ranks up there with Sofia Coppola in Godfather 3 and Mrs. Tom Cruise in Batman Begins). Monaghan kicked butt instead of moped around nobly trying to kill herself for the good of mankind (at this point please insert two fingers down one's throat).

4. Michael Giacchino's score. He did great John Barry in "The Incredibles", he does great Lalo Schifrin here.

3. Philip Seymour Hoffman. He only had two big scenes but his chilling, minimalist menace spread through the film like cancer. He was ten steps ahead of Hunt all the way till before the end. Maybe they could do a spinoff called "Davian's Brain"?

2. A writing team who has been doing spy thrillers and who grew up on the original show (Abrams, Kurtzman & Orci) as opposed to writers who have done dinosaurs, noir and chess (Koepp, Towne and Zaillian in M:I) and Star Trek (Moore, Braga and Towne in M:I 2).

1. Simon Pegg talking about the anti-God.

The Descent
The Descent (2006)
11 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

I was frightened by Gremlins, so one can imagine my reaction to this film. However, I do seek out quality, whatever its genre and this certainly reeks of quality.

Above the horror (which it has plenty of, very well done, gory horror) is a point of view or attitude, that the women and the monsters at one point are indistinguishable. That turns the movie into a metaphor. I don't know what, it's so deceptively simple it can be a metaphor for war, inter-office intrigue or a kindergarten, but I know the metaphor fits because everything can be reinterpreted and you get an extra chill of meaning when you remember certain scenes all over again.

I want to see the abysmally rated The Cave, which stole some of The Descent's glory by being too similar and being released too near each other's dates. Maybe as a negative experience to make watching this movie even sweeter.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
12 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Best of the three. My fave book is the fourth. I wish Cuaron was doing that one. I have two slight gripes: the climax at the shrieking shack was a bit like a roomful of people screaming at each other. There was so much busy plotting. And It could have been longer; I wouldn't have minded.