My movies as of late:
Batman Begins - This held up a lot better than I expected and is probably the best Batman movie. Gotham City feels like a grimy, crime-ridden place and not a container for Tim B/Joel S to fill with zany shit. It does an impressive job of building up Batman's mythos in a short running time, including his relationships to Alfred, Gordon and Lucius Fox. And best of all, the conflict with Ra's al-Ghul doesn't feel one-dimensional because you can see Gotham from his pov as well as Bruce's. I also loved the training montage in Ra's fortress. Minor nitpicks: Christian Bale is a little better at Bruce Wayne than Batman (his growl never did anything for me) and the Scarecrow ended up being kinda redundant.
Dark Knight - This pretty much failed in every way Batman Begins worked. It concentrated so much on making the Joker an unstoppable, one-step-ahead-of-everyone badass it forgot to have a coherent plot. Joker breaks out of jail by planting a bomb in some insane guy's stomach (let's not even go into the film stigmatizing mental illness) and he just knows the cops looking after him and his gang will be gullible enough to move all the pieces into place. I also hated how the abductions of Dent and Dawes took place off-screen, like the movie needed to give Joker a sudden win after he gets captured. That quick trip to Hong Kong to abduct a witness was also a groaner. Plus the stupid, illogical decision Batman and Gordon take at the end to let Batman be scapegoated for Harvey's death (what???).
Good points: Joker's rampage against the mob was fun, Dent's transformation into Two-Face had a good build-up, uhm, it had a political message about surveillance. The climatic dilemma Joker imposed on the boat passengers should've ended with the realization either detonator would explode everyone - that would give the scenario more punch. Even though it dropped the ball in terms of plot it still carries over that grimy, corruption-filled city put against Batman's determination, so there's still some energy to it. They just tried too hard to make Joker awesome.
Waterworld - By-the-numbers apart from the set designs. Dennis Hopper has a few good deliveries here but it's not his best 90's role (that would be Super Mario Bros., natch). You know Costner is going to bond with Trippenhorn, save the girl, find dry land, etc. It doesn't feel like any real stakes when everyone has plot armor - and there's a good YT about the Smokers called "Villains Too Stupid to Win". Oh well, if this is what's in store for human existence a few hundred years down the line, I say bring it on.
Aeon Flux - This movie has to suck, since it's free on YT, right? Well, I thought it was pretty damn good. The way their sci-fi world is held together was kind of unexpected, the characters had some emotional heft and the action choreography was convincing. Charlize Theron thought it sucked and the creator of Aeon Flux thought it missed the point. I haven't watched the Liquid Television cartoon but most of the criticism looks like, "this is too much of a departure from the source material so it sucks". On its own terms, I didn't see any real problem with it.
Scarface - This is an obvious influence on Goodfellas, but the student outdid the master this time. It comes off like a morality play - don't be a gangsta or you'll wind up with an empty, alienated life where everyone's out to kill you (and you kill your sister and only remaining friend). Or maybe the moral is "don't get high on your own supply", whatever. It's a good "#### shit up" movie but I wouldn't watch again.
Star Wars Episodes I-III, VII-IX - Some time ago we had a thread on whether the prequel or the new trilogy was worse. Well, I finally took the plunge and am surprised to find - the new trilogy sucks more. Yes, the prequels are heavily flawed, but at least they have a ####ing plot. Episodes VII-IX have no plot, none whatso-####ing-ever, except VII kinda vaguely feels like things are happening.
Episodes I and VII are OK for the most part. I at least has Qui Gon Jin meeting Anakin (not kidding, that's the best non-action part in all these movies) and the battle with Darth Maul. II and III have some good moments but the crap with Anakin and Padme drag them down significantly, and III doesn't have Anakin turn to the dark side so much as behave like an emo trainwreck. In fact, Lucas created an unintentional portrait of a toxic relationship several years before Twilight became the poster child for that sort of thing.
VII is only good by being a copycat of "A New Hope", but it's an OK-ish copycat that doesn't seriously waste my time. In fact, it's almost like a setup for a better movie that never came. For all of VIII's attempts at unpredictability and "subverting expectations" it's the same old rebels-on-the-run story from "Empire Strikes Back" with all the good sucked out. IX is the worst of them all - Abrams apparently thought big, emotional moments were a substitute for any real writing.
Back to the Future I and II - These are fun movies and there's not much else to say. The first one only gets better with each scene - I still love the thunder storm when Marty goes back and Doc Brown struggles to connect the cable. And Marty breaking into that heavy metal solo after Johnny B. Goode was possibly the greatest fictional moment in rock music, ever (my eyes rolled a little at Marvin Berry's phone call to his cousin, Chuck Berry). I have a huge nitpick about the second one, though: It raises the ante by making Biff into a Lex Luthor type businessman only to send Marty back in time to deal with the same dumbass 1955 Biff.
Layer Cake - Mostly watched to see what Daniel Craig's actually like, since I still haven't seen his Bonds. There's a big twist in the middle the movie subtly hints at (you'll probably see it coming just because I said this) but from then on it's one twist after another and a few of them are a little weak. It's a crime drama where people kill and double-cross each other, what more can you want.