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  • X-Men: The Last Stand

    X-Men: The Last Stand

    ★½

    So I remember enjoying this film far more than I was supposed to have - especially in hindsight. I never said it was amazing but I could have at one point sworn it was at least okay....

    AND it was kind of okay. I will give some credit where credit's due. It started off well. It had a lot of great ideas and some very timely themes. The introduction to a possible cure for mutants was a nice allegory to…

  • X2

    X2

    ★★★★½

    Wow! I remembered loving this. I remembered how it was an improvement on an already solid first entry and I remember how often people talk about this as their favorite...but I admit I forgot how awesome it was.

    Just add Cox! As my favorite podcast says you can only add to a movie's greatness by adding Brian Cox. They are not wrong as Cox takes what is a pretty one-note villain and still makes him engagingly entertaining.

    In what is…

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  • Toy Story

    Toy Story

    ★★★★★

    A perfect start to Pixar's oeuvre!

    I'm not what can be said about it that hasn't already been said. Great script with just the right about of innocence, naivety, and cleverness. Stupendous voice casting (led by Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, both in their best roles...yup I said it.)

    Great music, great characterization. I have nothing I can really nitpick...Maybe the weird inconsistency of Buzz not knowing he's a toy when it seems like everyone else always knew it (given Woody's surprise)? But if that's it, then come on that's a nit pick.

    A great ode to childhood.

  • X-Men: First Class

    X-Men: First Class

    ★★★★½

    I have to say - with the monster that is the MCU showing up most other comic franchises, this is one film that actually felt like it fit right into the narrative.

    It embraced it's comic book roots far more than the original trilogy without being cartoonish. It showcases some great performances and a great story. It is not perfect. It does suffer from what most team superhero films do...and one really bad performance. But the good far outweigh the…