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  • Night Owls

    Night Owls 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 23 Jul, 2016

    I really like the couple talking crap to each other romantic comedy films. These are becoming the new road trip film, as I always find myself rating anything road trip related high. You get a very good sense of who the characters are by the end of the film and that means its done its job.

  • The Revenant

    The Revenant 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 15 Jul, 2016

    Wow, the more of the Oscar nominated films I see I have to say that I feel, even though the show sucked, had a terrible hosting job done, the films have all been just about spectacular and such a return to form. I despised Birdman so I'm surprised I was so taken by this. This movie had intensity in spades and I didn't always know what was going to happen. This is the only Oscar film I have seen that…

  • The Painted Veil

    The Painted Veil 2006

    ★★★★★ Watched 12 Jul, 2016

    Woefully underrated, second viewing only confirms what I suspected at first. this film is an exquisite classic. So finely acted and gorgeous looking, pretty sounding film that turns the traditional formula upside down, there is not a they meet, instantly fall in love and break up the third act like in most films, in here the love isn't realized until the third act, the building of the relationship is hostile and moment by moment we watch as hostilities fade and understanding of each other grows, until their desire, love and need for a realistic intimacy erupt.

  • Aliens

    Aliens 1986

    ★★★★★ Watched 28 Jun, 2016

    Some spoilers. I thought I'd follow up my recent viewing of Alien with its sequel to do a close comparison.

    Some points that should help you see this as on par with the first film or even better.

    Watching Aliens in the early going my quick takeaway was the sets were not as imaginative and futuristic looking as the ones from the first film. To me the sets in Aliens actually looked like they could have come before the settings…

  • 10 Cloverfield Lane

    10 Cloverfield Lane 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 25 Jun, 2016

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    It's like when you're playing Mario 2 as a kid and think, why the hell am I pulling plants out of the ground, this isn't Mario. And then you get a little older and realize they just attached Mario's name to another game already in development. My biggest disappointment with this is there was simply zero reason to use the Cloverfield name outside of marketing purposes. It doesn't really add anything to the mythology and works more like Stephen Kings…

  • Spotlight

    Spotlight 2015

    ★★★½ Added

    Solid casting, good filmmaking, worthy story to tell, but seems like after awhile it just sort of floats there, whereas I usually like my films to feel like they are getting better as they go along. I found the first half more interesting. Did they manage to assemble a cast though.
    Mark Ruffalo has never really failed me. I've enjoyed watching him in every film. I'm not blaming Mark, but why did his character have to repeat every single thing.…

  • My Last Day Without You

    My Last Day Without You 2011

    ★★★½ Added

    Quite romantic and I happen to think the side characters were enjoyable. Sure there's a few clichés, but we sort of watch these films for the clichés, right.

  • Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong

    Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Jun, 2016

    Beautiful couple. I really liked their chemistry without knowing they were a real life couple. Now I feel like I have to watch it over with that in mind. I really have a soft spot for films where two people walk around spewing dialog the whole film. Yes its pretty much a copy of a Linklater Sunrise/Sunset film, not a bad thing. Give me two more of these please.

  • Alien

    Alien 1979

    ★★★★★ Watched 20 Jun, 2016

    Its probably hard to conjure up a new compliment for this, but its just a brilliant film, with great settings and just very good Sci Fi. I had not seen it in years so forgot some of it, which was nice. You could tell a lot went into the concept of the ship, just how many different types of doors appear throughout is a nice touch!
    I thought in 1979 it was nice to see the last human survivors be…

  • The Godfather: Part III

    The Godfather: Part III 1990

    ★★★★★ Watched 09 Jun, 2016

    Spoilers
    This is pretty much everything that’s great about the series, with a little bit of historic papal scandal politics woven in. We see the toll that living the mob life style has taken on Michael Corleone, its not so glamorous.

    This one has the taboo incest story, which happens sometimes. I know a few people that don’t think no one knows, but I do and now Letterboxd does. Someone told me it’s less offensive in Italian culture. I don’t…

  • The Godfather: Part II

    The Godfather: Part II 1974

    ★★★★★ Watched 09 Jun, 2016

    Spoilers These films have such an atmosphere they give me an offer I can’t refuse, and even if the template gets a bit familiar by part three, you enjoy the singing and performance pieces, the parades etc. Initially I was thinking I’d miss Brando’s character a lot more in this sequel, but the back-story helps that.
    This film was very well done, the whole series is and I love how they pick it up right after the last film, as…

  • The Godfather

    The Godfather 1972

    ★★★★★ Watched 09 Jun, 2016

    Spoilers
    I was discussing Coppola, as I know someone who interviewed him not too long ago and I recalled that I had not seen The Godfather. Every time I come across an American Film Institute list I’m reminded I have not seen it, so I thought I would go big or go home. I watched all three films. Every time I got out they pulled me back in. Now a friend thought that something in the film might offend me…