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  • John Wick 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 23 Oct, 2014

    JOHN WICK is more entertaining than Keanu Reeves shooting 1000 scumbags in the face! Actually, no. It's precisely that entertaining. YMMV.

    For a good long stretch, this plays like PAYBACK (a flawed film I actually really like, echoed here by a single-minded hammer-vs.-nails protagonist shooting his way through a vaguely alternate, vaguely anachronistic setting) with the ultraviolence of PUNISHER WAR ZONE. Then it makes a weird choice for a third act and starts to feel like it's slowly deflating (vs. the unrelenting propulsion of the first two acts). Anyway, still fun.

    63

  • The Town that Dreaded Sundown 2014

    ★★★ Watched 22 Oct, 2014

    TOWN THAT DREADED '14: No great shakes, but it's lively, bloody slasher junk. Teens+meta shit but nothing smart alecky. Count it as a treat.

    60

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  • Birdman 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 20 Oct, 2014

    BIRDMAN: Inarritu's feelings are really hurt from everyone laughing at BIUTIFUL. Undeniable electricity but too often feels like a tantrum.

    Also, it's no fault of her performance, but every scene with Emma Stone is a never-ending dead zone.

    Also, why does Edward Norton disappear from the last third of the movie?

    63 (Feels like I need to go this high for its pure cinema aspects, but this could plummet over time.)

  • The Changeling 1980

    ★★★ Rewatched 18 Oct, 2014 2

    This is a fine, but strictly polite ghost story. Always baffled when people cite as a terrifying, underseen classic.

    59