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  • Slap Shot 1977

    ★★★½ Watched 28 Aug, 2014 5

    Bone-crunching, foul-mouthed, and entirely entertaining, George Roy Hill's "Slap Shot" is a sports comedy with heaps of bloody-nosed, split-lipped personality. Sharp dialogue and memorable characters make the film an effortlessly appealing piece of work.

    Paul Newman stars in the comedy that follows the exploits of a down-on-its-luck minor league hockey team. Eschewing a number of sports movies cliches like a final-reel David vs. Goliath victory, the film has its own easy energy. Pushing the serviceable plot forward, that energy flows…

  • Going Berserk 1983

    ★★ Watched 28 Aug, 2014

    Though not totally devoid of charm, "Going Bersserk" is a comedy that tries hard to entertain but ends up achieving very little. Starring the always-delightful John Candy as a chauffeur under some kind of hypnotic control, the comedy bounces episode to episode without ever being truly funny.

    The story is not the sturdiest foundation for comic hijinks, and the jokes range from grating to ineffective; but the cast is a thing of Canadian comedy beauty, giving the film a chance…

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  • Inception 2010

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 08 Jul, 2012 32

    "Inception," at its most basic, is two things. It is a heist film dressed in science fiction conventions; and it is a study of a man trying to free himself from a near-suffocating past. "Inception," at its more complex, is a cerebral pop-masterpiece. It is an enthralling combination of thought-provoking, layered story-telling and sumptuous aesthetics enhanced by near-flawless editing, sound design, effects, and musical score. Driven by a pitch-perfect cast and the confident directorial hand of Christopher Nolan, "Inception" is a brilliant and unrivaled piece of filmmaking.

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 1966

    ★★★★ Watched 26 Aug, 2014 11

    Considered by many to be one of the greatest Westerns of all time, Sergio Leone's "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" is a gritty, textured tale steeped in the tragedy of war and a character-driven sense of humor. The grit and sly, subtle humor make Leone's epic fully engrossing and widely entertaining.

    The film's premise is a streamlined thing of Western genre beauty: three men are on the trail of a treasure trove of gold buried in a cemetery.…