Reviews by pkooger
Cold Hard M
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Who's your favorite Bond? This conversation has been done to death over the years, but you rarely hear people argue about who their favorite M is. Maybe that's because the answer is obvious. Dame Judi Dench. She has been chewing up the scenery in every one of her scenes in all of the Bond films since Goldeneye. Skyfall is an excellent film in no small part due to M's expanded role. I dare you to disagree!
Creatures of meat
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As someone who doesn't always do well with Expressionist art, I was apprehensive about this movie. I shouldn't have worried. Beasts of the Southern Wild is easily my favorite movie of the year so far. The characters are wonderful and heartbreaking, and the setting is something I have never seen before. If you like tearjerkers and movies with a lot of heart, check this one out.
Family through a lens
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Wade Rouse is a great writer. He really knows how to reel in a reader. He's very good at making you see things the way he sees them. I also like that he's not afraid to show himself in a bad light. A lot of memoir writers tend to gloss over their uglier qualities, but Rouse puts his in, often without even the comedy that softens the blow. If you want to read a funny, but emotionally honest book about a country family, check this one out.
Candy Land crossed with Shrek crossed with video games
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If you like video games and you like satire, you'll like this movie. I loved the video game in-jokes, like the Pac-Man ghost turning white when he was scared, or the graffiti in Game Central Station that says "All your base are belong to us." I also really loved the Mario Kart inspired world that is Sugar Rush. It's like Candyland, but for older kids. Some of the emotional scenes were a little saccharine (pun-intended) for my tastes, but overall it was a good movie for adults and kids alike. Although what was with King Candy at the end? I think I'm gonna have nightmares about him for a while.
Another great Rian Johnson film
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In some ways Looper reminded me of Rian Johnson's first film, Brick. In both films Joseph Gordon-Levitt discovers a violent secret and has to work backwards in time to figure out what's going on and put a stop to it. Both films also connected to organized crime and focus strongly on portraying the consequences of the actions we take. There's a sort of sense of karma where our actions come back to haunt us (literally in the case of Looper).

Looper was much better than I expected it to be. I expected a shoot-em-up action movie with an old-cop, young-cop team of vigilantes. This could have been that movie, but it's a lot better. The delineation of "good guys" and "bad guys" is much fuzzier than in most action films. I also loved the actor who plays Cid, the little boy. I thought he did an amazingly good job. He was actually my favorite character. I have no idea how old Pierce Gagnon is in real life, but we will definitely be seeing him more in the future. Maybe he's the next Haley Joel Osment. If I knew Bruce Willis personally, I would ask him which one was more fun to work with.