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  • Gary Gulman: In This Economy? 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 26 Sep, 2014

    One of the funniest stand up specials I've seen in a while- tons of laughs particularly in the first half which largely covers Netflix / movies, and Bill Gates vs Donald Trump. Not quite as gut-busting in the second half and in particular the last 10 minutes or so on Jewish culture was a unfortunately more typical, bland, comedy fodder.

    Still, better than most other recent comedy specials I've seen and some of the 'niche' jokes had me rolling. I've watched clips from this special on YouTube multiple times and they still get me. Here's one if you want to check a sample:
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpyBfz7zzXc

  • Ghostbusters II 1989

    ★★★ Rewatched 22 Sep, 2014

    I didn't think I had seen this since the theater, but there were enough scenes or lines that I remembered that I must have. Nevertheless, my memory of the movie being lacklustre compared to the original but still passable as a movie itself held true.

    The sequel admirably tries to mimic the tone of the original and at points succeeds. The cast once again led by Bill Murray are all game and none seem to be merely 'phoning it in.'…

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  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012

    ★★½ Watched 19 Dec, 2012 6

    There are so many problems with the Hobbit it's difficult to decide where to begin.

    The first though is the overblown runtime and the shocking amount of filler. Never have I watched a movie where I could so easily go through and literally remove half- and not only lose nothing, but substantially make the film better by doing so. There are scene after scene of bloat, whether they are standalone segments that could be removed entirely since they have no…

  • Leviathan 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Sep, 2014

    An experiential documentary, Leviathan is told without a narrative, without dialog, and without characters. It's exactly the kind of movie I normally would not watch, which is why it's odd that I found it so compelling. It's comprised simply of footage from a number of Go Pro cameras placed around a fishing trawler. Many of the takes are extremely long, and often begin with you wondering what exactly it is you're watching. Eventually things will resolve and you'll realize "oh,…