There was some discussion and criticism of Ex Machina outside this thread which might interest you. But it will contain spoilers, so follow that link at your own risk.
I've been binging on dinosaurs, basically the whole Jurassic series, although I am watching them out of sequence. Skipped the first one for now, because I've already seen it [was a long time ago, but still], and cut straight from Part II to `Jurassic World', skipping Part III for now, because I'd heard that one was basically reptile porn; stupid movie, but you get to watch dinosaurs bite stuff -- mainly vehicles and people. I'll get to that later.
Full disclosure; I'm cramming for the next aspie get-together. That girl I've mentioned who goes to those has been totally obsessed with dinosaurs since seeing `Jurassic World', and I haven't had much to contribute to those conversations. Until now. She showed me some really nice pictures of dinosaurs with feathers, on her phone last time. :-)
[Come to think of it, Aspie Girl is an apt nickname for her, because she's also a huge fan of Marvel comics, and that sounds vagualy like a super-heroine name.]
Full-full disclosure; I'm trying again to break the ice with Aspie Girl, partly because I actually like her, but I do have an ulterior motive. That ulterior motive is, I'm trying to distract myself from Mz.Clean, who is truly the coolest woman I've ever met in my entire life, but alas, is beyond my reach. Is that so wrong? I hope not.
Anyway, the movie. I liked `Jurassic World'. :-) The idea of trained raptors did seem a little goofy at first, but it's not too much of a stretch when you consider the close bond between falconers and their falcons. I'm surprised they didn't mention that in the movie, btw.
Some of the humour, especially between the falconer and the executive, really amused me [but that probably has more to do with Mz.Clean, true to her OCD nature, being highly organized but not cold by any stretch]. The geeky technician who decided to stay behind, and his geeky co-worker who said she already has a boyfriend before hugging him goodbye, also made me laugh out loud, for obvious reasons. :-\
But I've wandered off from the movie itself again, haven't I? Anyway, the Japanese businessmen running away from the tyrannosaurus rex also amused me. :-) Wait, that was in `The Lost World' wasn't it? Never mind.
Go, go, Godzilla.
Edit; Oh yeah, almost forgot... At one point in `Jurassic World', when the kids were racing back to the park gate in that hotwired jeep, I briefly got my movies mixed-up;
"We can't stop here. This is bat country."