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  • Clouds of Sils Maria

    Clouds of Sils Maria 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 19 Nov, 2016

    I've come to hate the word meta. It's overused in so many aspects of entertainment that it's meaning is hollow, trite even. Yet, here, I'm going to use it to describe this film. Because that's Assayas's point. Within the meta aspects of these characters and their story, even story within a story, we're to find truth. Sometimes it's obvious, but it's not simple or comfortable. But layers upon layers reveal truths, especially when they're pulled away. The truths don't come…

  • Lilo & Stitch

    Lilo & Stitch 2002

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Nov, 2016

    While watching this for the first time, I was dumbfounded that this was Disney. Because, it feels nothing like Disney. It's completely crazy, zany, off the wall-ness is not a root vibe that Disney trots out on the front lawn (that's DreamWorks), but somehow it all works, and works rather well. It's grounded in emotion and laugh out loud humor, and an Elvis soundtrack, and it always seems to circumnavigate the usual narrative arcs of animated with this crazy mash-up…

  • Finding Dory

    Finding Dory 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 17 Nov, 2016

    Turns out Dory's story isn't as interesting, amusing, or as emotionally impactful as Nemo's. Though, I'd say the title has more a double entendre this time around but the story seems to add up to less. The beauty of the first film is how the simplicity of it all manages to turn into something magical. Here, so many forced narrative beats and humorous characters add up to just too much - and they usually manage these well. While a perfectly fine Pixar film, it doesn't reach their heights of the first or the heights of the company's better films.

  • Swiss Army Man

    Swiss Army Man 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 17 Nov, 2016

    I'm still not sure what the hell this is, nor even if it's great or not, but it won't be leaving my brain any time soon.

  • O.J.: Made in America

    O.J.: Made in America 2016

    ★★★★★ Watched 22 Jun, 2016

    My gosh, it is not just a comprehensive journalistic achievement, but a monumental commentary on race for our times that informs and educates not just about the past, but also the present we're living in - even by just chronicling one man's story. At almost eight hours, it still manages to feel too short.

  • Sausage Party

    Sausage Party 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 17 Nov, 2016

    A crude, crass, dumb, hilarious, brilliant satire of our times that finishes with a food sex orgy. Can it get any better? No, no it cannot.

  • The Lobster

    The Lobster 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 12 Nov, 2016

    Lanthimos rebelled against family (Dogtooth), religion (Alps) and here, it's love he tackles. And, of course, it ends up being a tender love story. And the deliberateness isn't so jarring as it was in his previous entries, but more satire that show's society as a whole with their broad flaws on display. A fascinating piece I will revisit.

  • Café Society

    Café Society 2016

    ★★★ Watched 14 Nov, 2016

    Woody Allen has a good film like every other or every second film. And the pleasantness of one of his good ones, especially the glow with which it's shot. It affects its setting so very well. And the story is a good one (sometimes his are so razor thin these days), but his leads feel out of place (Stewart and Eisenberg both) and the logistics of the third act feel out of place for the way the beats had fallen for the rest of the narrative. Beautiful but forgettable Woody.

  • Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

    Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 13 Nov, 2016

    My mancrush on Andy Samberg continues. What surprised me most was that seemed as though it would just be a SNL sketch stretch to feature length thinness, but that they not only come up with a decent story, but with the kind of layers of honesty within the utter ridiculousness is a feat not found in these kind of mocumentaries too often, much less the music ones. It becomes broad showbiz satire ultimately and that what rises above the barely recognizable others.

  • Free State of Jones

    Free State of Jones 2016

    ★★½ Watched 12 Nov, 2016

    The opening of the film is bracing and sets a good tone for what's to follow, but it ends up suffering from being a bit of history lesson/slog, trying to take a different narrative tone with flash forwards that splits the film down in the middle in terms of what it wants to achieve and the kind of racially-pleasing film made by white people to pat themselves on the back for the being good liberals but ultimately just makes the…

  • Ghostbusters

    Ghostbusters 2016

    ★★★ Watched 11 Nov, 2016

    It's not the original and doesn't want to be. Feig said it best, "f**k em;" it doesn't matter what they think. And that they created a brand new story instead of piggybacking off the original tells me they really cared about what they were making. That said, it really has no WOW factor to it, and the CGI is overused to the point of throwing up, but there are perks in Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, and even Chris Hemsworth. It's simply not memorable in any aspect though.

  • Boyhood

    Boyhood 2014

    ★★★★★ Added

    A true definition of what film can and should be