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  • Footloose

    Footloose 1984

    ★★★ Watched 11 Jul, 2016

    John Lithgow's character and performance are fascinating. It would have been so easy to make him a pantomime villain with a ridiculous agenda. But the film (and Kevin Bacon's Ren) treat him seriously and with sensitivity. He's not just a frothing loon screeching from the pulpit. He's consumed by grief that he wields as a cudgel, warping the town into a shape that he mistakenly believes will keep his surviving progeny safe from harm. The moment when he witnesses the…

  • Central Intelligence

    Central Intelligence 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 09 Jul, 2016

    Refreshing evidence that mainstream, big-budget Hollywood comedies can still be kind-hearted, body-positive and genuinely funny without coating themselves in a filthy patina of casual racism, sexism, homophobia or hackneyed "bro" antics. A cuddly warm grin of a movie.

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  • Last Year at Marienbad

    Last Year at Marienbad 1961

    Watched 24 Dec, 2014 2

    An ambiguous story that I may or may not have enjoyed.

    Only kidding: I unambiguously found it impenetrable and increasingly irritating, in no small part because of the intermittent screeching of the organ on the soundtrack.

  • Due Date

    Due Date 2010

    ½ Watched 16 Jul, 2012

    The sheer fucking unwarranted hubris of Todd Phillips that he thought he could better (let alone equal) PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES. I laughed a total of two times - both times because Downey Jr. pulled a facial expression that managed to rise above the pitiful slop of the script.