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One of the more beautiful and unusual Warner Brothers cartoons, whose art director seems to have no other credits, inspired by a movie I'd never heard of.



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Ancient Clickhole: Paleantologists break down Jurassic Park



Iron Man 2 (2010)

The a-story is about Tony's alcoholism and depression and father issues, and the b-story is about some guy who is angry. The a-story's big action sequence (the best of the film) is against his best friend. Then Tony cures all his psychological problems and flies off because he remembers there's still a b-story to wrap up. The b-story action sequence is very long, and poorly filmed, and darkly lit, and with a lot of bad CGI. It is boring and takes forever and, because it is the b-story, you know it's not very important. It deflates what was otherwise a decent movie.

Also notable is that Terrence Howard is replaced by Don Cheadle. Imagine being in a huge superhero franchise only to find out that not only have you been replaced by a Golden Girl, but not even one of the more well-known Golden Girls.



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I've mentioned before that the sixth Mission Impossible movie is the best one, for some reason. JM McNab has a pretty entertaining explanation of why that might be.



Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)


It's too Star Trek to work as an action movie. It's too much of an action movie to deal with the Star-Trekish premise in any satisfying way.


THAT BEING SAID, I'm currently living in a city with rapid gentrification, and seeing paradise destroyed by a bunch of miserable people with ugly plastic surgery faces does strike a chord with me.



Tim Burton Batman (1989)

I don't agree with Scorsese about superhero movies, but I have to admit that this one really helps his case. The individual scenes are all very good, but they don't actually coalesce into any kind of story, only the vague outline of something resembling a plot. It's like a short film anthology. Jack Nicholson plays the same character he always plays. There's a bunch of good music by Prince, which is awesome but doesn't fit the movie in any way.

It was always one of the weaker superhero movies, but it's worse today: Batman and the Joker are totally played out, and their weird creepy fans have destroyed whatever appeal they still have left after so much overexposure.



The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)

This is the one where nothing really happens, except there's some evil lady in the snow, but the characters only vaguely care about her because of their love triangle.

This is my favourite Twilight movie, though, because of Jasper's accent. Jasper looks like an awkward, uncomfortable Harpo Marx. In the first two movies he doesn't speak much, but when he does it's with a neutral North American accent. Then, all the sudden, in this movie, he has a thick Foghorn Leghorn accent and spends the next three films screaming things like, "AH DO DECLARE". It is hilarious beyond words. In my heart, Jasper's accents are truly the stars of this franchise.



Doctor Strange (2016)

It has nice CGI but, other than that, it's an extremely predictable, by-the-books, middle-of-the-road, run-of-the-mill, average superhero movie. The climax involves him boring the bad guy into giving up, and I sympathize.



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