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  • Los Angeles Plays Itself

    Los Angeles Plays Itself 2003

    ★★★ Watched 06 Sep, 2015

    This reminds me of one of those times I got super excited about a lecture, worked really hard on the first half, and then got tired of it so I just started throwing shit in to fill up the whole class period.

  • Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

    Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 31 Jul, 2015

    Series best.

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  • Compliance

    Compliance 2012

    ½ Watched 11 Jan, 2013 26

    There are two reasons that Craig Zobel could have decided to make Compliance, both equally wrongheaded:

    1) Zobel simply wanted to expose this case (and, by extension, the others like it) to the world, without any sort of greater message. While I don't buy this as the filmmaker's motivation for a second, some people have argued such, so I'll address it...

    Put simply: text-based reporting, as had already been done extensively in this case (meaning, no further examination was really…

  • Take Shelter

    Take Shelter 2011

    ★★★★★ Added 1

    The best film of 2011 is also the most criminally under-seen. Blue-collar, Midwestern father Curtis LaForche is either developing paranoid schizophrenia or accurately prophesizing the apocalypse — a binary that could have all too easily become fodder for hokey metaphor. But with writer/director Jeff Nichols and actor Michael Shannon at the helm (their second film together, following 2007’s Shotgun Stories), Curtis becomes one of the most authentically human characters in the history of cinema. He may be the symbolic fulcrum…