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  • The Innkeepers 2011

    ★★★½ Rewatched 30 Oct, 2014

    Rating up a little from my disappointed first viewing. Still like this movie better in theory than I do when I'm actually watching it. The motivations behind ghost-hunting (one character trying to fill a life stasis, the other just trying to get laid) and the boredom of actually doing it are both nicely rendered. And (getting spoilerish) am I wrong, or is the pressing of a single piano key at the center of the film the sole instance of supernatural…

  • All Hallows' Eve 2013

    ★★½ Watched 29 Oct, 2014

    Old-school cobbling together of no-budget shorts into an anthology wrapped-around by a spirited Halloween segment that goes a long way. Director Damien Leone fills it with his own rubbery makeup effects (Olaf Ittenbach fans take note) and has creepy Art the Clown drop in all throughout. First segment is decent and monster-y, but suffers from being cropped to 2.35:1 to match the rest of the film. Second is kind of a loss due to laughable creatures and a lame, seemingly…

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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.)

  • Listen Up Philip 2014

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 24 Oct, 2014

    First time I watched it, I was 95% sure the narrator (Bogosian) was Anthony Bourdain. Spent the whole time fascinated by the notion, wondering where the idea came from, imagining Alex Ross Perry pitching it to Bourdain, etc. Then I watched the end credits.

    Still 86. Still the best film of the year.