#2,238 - Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Band of Robbers - ★★★★☆
This was really fun. I think it's such a smart move to go for cringe comedy up top because it makes the later suspenseful parts feel much more dangerous.
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter - ★★★☆☆
This is a lot like what Into The Wild would be if that movie weren't completely terrible.
The Hateful Eight - ★★★☆☆
This movie is built on an engine of slowly ratcheting suspense, so a climax made out of surprise makes me feel a little bit cheated. The Four Passengers doesn't matter at that point - that whole chapter feels like pre-emptive bickering with internet nerds who don't believe the story they're being told. All in all, a little too long for me - maybe I would've liked it better with the intermission.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens - ★★★★★
I was almost embarrassingly excited to be going in to this one - we've all been burned before.
I'm so happy it delivered. I'm on board with most of our new characters and I loved the interactions between the OT characters. I can't remember the last movie that provoked so many feelings from me. I liked the sense of danger, I thought it was great that Han is smuggling Shuggoths, and I loved that there's mystery again in the Star Wars universe. Sure, the new EU will rush in to explore the personal backstory of every cantina patron over time, but for a little while there's an unexplained and unexplored galaxy out there.