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  • Company: A Musical Comedy

    Company: A Musical Comedy 2008

    ★★★½ Rewatched 23 May, 2015

    Usually a staged version of a musical feels stuffy, confined, but because of the unique staging and use of instrumentation, not to mention a great cast, this is about as good as a filmed version of a stage show gets.

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 21 May, 2015

    A "holy crap", "wow" piece of entertainment that is at once brilliant, entertaining, all-encompassing, and filled with sharp ideas and characters, and a feminist manifesto that is almost as strong as anything in mainstream entertainment. It won't get much better than this in 2015.

  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 20 May, 2015

    PTA always makes a stunner. A stoner noir of the utmost in that it means absolutely everything and absolutely nothing at the same time. Some day it will be seen as more than just a minor entrance in the PTA cannon.

  • Children of Men

    Children of Men 2006

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 20 May, 2015

    A stunning, ascerbicly brilliant piece of sci-fi; simply one of the best made.

  • The Sure Thing

    The Sure Thing 1985

    ★★★ Watched 16 May, 2015

    Early Rob Reiner with an eager, hilarious John Cusack

  • Pitch Perfect 2

    Pitch Perfect 2 2015

    ★★★ Watched 15 May, 2015

    Same song, different day.

    And that's no bad thing. There are things to like here, a lot of fun actually (shout out to Keegan Michael-Key), but where the first felt refreshing, different, this sequel strains to be bigger and better. And it didn't need to be. The first relied on sharp humor and sly character development. Here, those seem to be sacrificed in favor of more jokes and gags. Granted, there's not much more they can do with these characters,…

  • Paddington

    Paddington 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 12 May, 2015

    Warm, sweet, inviting, and so very English. It manages to be a great family film because there's an obvious love behind the ones making it; it also manages to be funny without being dumb about it. Not to mention, it's impeccably designed across the board. How can you not love this movie...

  • Selma

    Selma 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 11 May, 2015

    First, the performance by David Oyelowo is towering. He is magnificent, showing the magnanimous nature of King, while also showing his vulnerabilities and the small moments that actually made up this man we read about in history books.
    But as much as it's his show, it's really the coming out party for director Ava DuVernay. She wields her vision with tenacity; the film is such a dramatic force of nature. Every scene bristles with the electricity of someone who knows…

  • Wild

    Wild 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 06 May, 2015

    It's not that personal revelation/finding yourself stories are not my thing, it's just that this sub-genre has become generic, familiar, rote. They all follow the same pattern. This one doesn't though. We flash back and forth from Cheryl's physical journey and her past emotional one. The combination of the editing and the meshing and layering of memories, sounds, images, even the fox that follows her, is what provides such depth to this narrative. It's not that Reese Witherspoon or Laura…

  • The Battered Bastards of Baseball

    The Battered Bastards of Baseball 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 03 May, 2015

    A fantastic niche story within the annals of baseball told by filmmakers who obviously have a love for the game. What is best about this is the way it skews the "Big Brother" that is the MLB. That is what makes this story of this team just as relevant today. Not only did they shape the way baseball is governed now, but how this is an ever-growing problem in all the various major sports as to just how much control these leagues governing bodies should have.

  • Annie

    Annie 2014

    ★★½ Watched 17 Mar, 2015

    Nowhere near the drivel I was expecting, but nothing to really like all that much either.

  • Frank

    Frank 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 01 May, 2015

    An ordinary story that is beautifully weird and touching. Is it strange to say that I think this is one of Michael Fassbender's best performances?