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  • The Pledge 2001

    ★★★★ Watched 29 Nov, 2014

    This would make for a terrific, extremely depressing double feature with Prisoners. The movie, about a retired cop (Jack Nicholson) who goes to troubling lengths to catch a child killer, having promised the mother of one of the killer's victims (Patricia Clarkson, great in her few scenes) that he would, is solidly directed by Sean Penn, aside from a few stylistic hiccups that would become a bigger issue in his next movie, Into the Wild. The movie also muddles the…

  • Bridesmaids 2011

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 27 Nov, 2014

    I thought this was hilarious three years ago, but I enjoyed it a little more, having finally watched Mad Men. God bless Jon Hamm's eagerness to capitalize on his good looks by playing ridiculous douchebags. His "Ted Knight in Caddyshack" years are going to be spectacular.

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  • Eyes Wide Shut 1999

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 14 Nov, 2012 7

    One of my fondest moviegoing memories is the collective groan a frustrated opening weekend audience let out as Stanley Kubrick's elusive final film cut to black. It's a fair response, as Eyes Wide Shut deliberately upends our expectations; it's a movie that was sold on the promise of raunchy sex scenes featuring its then-married leads, but while there's plenty of skin throughout the film, the sex is as cold and alien as Crash (the Ballard book/Cronenberg film). I've heard a…

  • Drive 2011

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 27 Oct, 2012 2

    Took a break from horror to watch this last night with a friend who hadn't seen it; at the end, she said that it was very sweet. It was the fourth time I've watched Drive, and it struck me this time how much it's a film about loneliness. All of the audacious style, every beautifully composed shot, the incredible action sequences and moments of shocking violence, the amazing soundtrack, everything that makes Drive so memorable hinges on two characters, divided…