Movie – State of Play: A


A
I saw this in the theater when it came out but I don’t remember enjoying it as much. It had several of the good kind of plot twists. You know, the kind that make you say, “of course!” instead of, “wait, what?” Plenty of good acting, and from actors I like. I must have been tired or something the first time.

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Movie – Midnight In Paris: C


C
Silly and full of unbelievable characters. The famous characters from the past were especially poorly acted. They were such charactarizations that the real people would be ashamed. Also, the movie villainized a character for being a “pedantic” know-it-all, yet flung around so many art and literary characters that the movie itself seemed a bit pedantic.

Movie – Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows: A-


A-
There was definitely lots of what I liked from the original, but all the world-jaunting and technology-expanding seemed to add gimmick instead of substance. I liked how Moriarty’s abilities mimicked Holmes’ but my favorite aspect from the first, Holmes’ unwavering assurance that the widely believed explanation was incorrect, was sadly downplayed to allow for a bit of humanizing failure. Rapace’s character was almost entirely pointless. Still a fun film, though.