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  • A Life Less Ordinary

    A Life Less Ordinary

    ★★★

    Not as big of a fan as I was last time apparently. I still like it alright, but it feels like a 90s alternative which makes it feel pretensious and stale at the same time.

    Don't get me wrong, it's got style and pizzaz and the cast is great (particularly Lindo, Hunter and McGregor) but everything felt old hat at this point.

    It's fine and I love Boyle, but I don't really see myself watching this again any time soon.

  • Shallow Grave

    Shallow Grave

    ★★★½

    A pretty decent film for a debut. I love McGregor's character and I couldn't help but get a sense of a tip-of-the-cap to Kubrick (at least stylistically) - particularly from A Clockwork Orange. From the blisteringly red opening titles to the opening shot of a close-up of a character's eye slowing zooming back to the dark nature of a seemingly dystopian future to the main character (or leader of these droogs) actually being named "Alex."

    That said, I feel like this is a 45-minute "after dark" television show stretched into 90. There was a lot of downtime and not all of it felt earned or needed.

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  • Chicago

    Chicago

    ★★½

    This movie beat The Pianist? Fuck you.

  • Hackers

    Hackers

    ★★★★

    Still corny. Still ridiculous. Still preposterous. Still outrageous. And I love the shit out of it. Love the characters, love the locales, love all the "geeky tech" talk and love the style. Lorraine Bracco is the only thing that bugs in this movie.

    The montage with the spinning phone booths... aw yeah.