Thursday, July 07, 2016

Review Day

There are no major spoilers in these reviews.

Killing Them Softly (R):
This crime thriller, featuring plenty of familiar faces from other mob movies and shows, starts out with a high level of intensity, but after an initial card game heist, it starts meandering into the dangerous realm of "good moviemaking". Long stretches of irrelevant dialogue allow the characters to breathe, but kill all forward momentum. Free on Netflix.

Final Grade: C

Now Is Not Forever by B. Reith:
This CD of completely inoffensive hip-hop and pop songs is catchy and clever but not earth-shattering. Old School is a good representative track.

Final Grade: B

Shutter Island (R):
This psychological thriller starts out so ham-handedly abrupt, with ridiculous horror movie music and obligatory character introductions, that it almost seems like a setup for a parody of the genre. The potentially intriguing clues gradually built my interest up for the first half hour, but something about the pacing is just off -- eventually, I was just watching it because I knew there was going to be a twist and I wanted to see what the twist was. The twist was not worth the wait.

Final Grade: C-

Yamaha R-S201:
I purchased this inexpensive receiver to replace one from my youth that stopped working. It's about as minimal a device as you can find, and its lack of optical ports (white/red only) don't really matter to me since I only listen to my CDs a few times per month anymore.

Final Grade: B

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