Michael Hourigan

Michael Hourigan

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  • What If

    What If

    ★★★½

    Precisely what a movie of this type should be with a fantastic cast having all the right types of chemistry across the board.

  • Passengers

    Passengers

    ★★

    One of those where it's all technically fine but the morality of the central conceit is so gross and so not okay that there's no way for the movie to come back from that particular abyss.

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  • The Terminator

    The Terminator

    ★★★★

    Watching this film again, the degree to which it is an 80's B Movie at heart becomes very clear. Some of the dialog, especially Reese's, is stilted all to hell. What causes the film to ultimately rise above the rest of its ilk is summed up by the two people who had their careers launched by the film: Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron. Arnold brings all his natural charisma to a role that defines evil bad ass (which is different…

  • The Lego Movie

    The Lego Movie

    ★★★★½

    This film is all about the emotional punch. It also all about the funny punch. I wish I could give more detailed or original thoughts about it. There's a beauty to the animation in the way it looks and feels like it's all actual Legos (though of course there has to be some, if not a lot, of CG work done). The voice actors fill out their parts well and the writing manages to subvert the expectations of a traditional "Hero's Journey" narrative. The first great film of 2014 has arrived, and I'm glad it didn't take long.