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  • Appropriate Behavior

    Appropriate Behavior 2014

    Watched 01 Sep, 2015

    I feel like when you all were recommending Obvious Child you were actually recommending this.

    For all its standard NY rom com tropes, this film has a pretty unique pulse running through it in its casually funny approach to both LGBT and immigrant issues. It knows when to be serious, but mainly when to be really naturally funny. Desiree Akhavan better go places and not end up in Indie limbo.

  • Danny Collins

    Danny Collins 2015

    Watched 30 Aug, 2015

    This is several bumps of coke away from being a truly good movie. Fogelman's film is stuck somewhere between wanting to actively indulge Collins' attempts at redemption and wanting to criticize the emptiness of such a proposition. It never picks, and it also never reconciles the two, leaving a film emotionally incoherent.

    Pacino is surely good here, and perhaps the most "alive" he's been in a long time, but it's nothing more, as if, like Collins himself, Pacino was only…

  • Dr. No

    Dr. No 1962

    Rewatched 26 Aug, 2015

    Every time I watch Dr. No, I imagine a universe where it wasn't a huge success and it gets dumped into the pile of other 60s campy spy thrillers. Connery's pitch perfect introduction of Bond (the movie version, anyways) aside, there's not much that actually makes this feel like a true blue James Bond movie, lacking in the glamour the series is known for. It's understandable given that the budget for this entry was pretty low, making use of old…

  • As Above, So Below

    As Above, So Below 2014

    Watched 21 Aug, 2015

    Really neat concept and basis for a mythology that it never really quite dives deep enough into. Feels more like a test film for a later film that would actually be great.

    Also, I'm in minority in my support for really well done found footage films, but the format here is entirely unnecessary, and actually fails at purely establishing the thing found footage does best: Atmosphere.

    Still, not without its charms. Some moments genuinely made me feel geninuely unnerved even…

  • Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

    Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives 2010

    Watched 20 Aug, 2015

    I'm not fully sold on the idea of this film, surreal and full of dream logic as it is, being completely thematically impenetrable, alas I've yet to think of way to truly approach talking about this film, as it's very much a multifaceted text better sold for thesis than a Letterboxd review. It's content in existing on its own realm of Thai cinema and spirituality (more mystic artifice invading picaresque realism pls), and in that sense this masterpiece speaks for itself.

  • Slow West

    Slow West 2015

    Watched 23 Aug, 2015 3

    Yet another Western deconstruction that seems to romanticize and mythologize the genre far more than the best of the traditional Westerns*. In its attempt to avoid pure artifice, Slow West actually ends up just reinforcing the tropes it openly (and quite literally) tries to push away.

    Director John Maclean certainly shows promise, but this is clearly a debut from a director who is still figuring out cinema as a language of its own. Maclean may understand the tropes of the…

  • Paddington

    Paddington 2014

    Watched 23 Aug, 2015

    I'm pretty amazed at how this film embraces every cliche moment and gets away with it. It's the kind of movie that theoretically could be written in someone's sleep, but they'd need to know what they were doing in the first place.

    Nicole Kidman is a perfect broad villain. I could listen to Ben Whishaw talk for hours. "It's some sort of tiny police bear." had me laughing pretty hard for several minutes. My eyes were legitimately wet at the end.

  • Alex of Venice

    Alex of Venice 2015

    Watched 20 Aug, 2015

    The script here is considerably mediocre, an expedited version of Kramer vs. Kramer (Robert Benton is even thanked in the credits) with stakes so low the tent doesn't even have enough room to breathe. But damn it, Chris Messina directs the hell out of this quiet actor driven film. For whatever narrative substance it's missing, Messina finds truthful poignant moments with his actors in a way that makes all the other indie movies look like the trash they actually are.…

  • Mortdecai

    Mortdecai 2015

    Watched 19 Aug, 2015

    Went in thinking I'd find Koepp's clearly Blake Edwards inspired CrimeCom Mortdecai at the very least mildly amusing, and left only annoyed and tense from the lack of even a snicker. Perhaps my eyebrow raised once or twice, but it was more a fascination with Mortdecai's complete failure to land even the easiest and broadest of gags. I feel bad for everyone here, as they seem to be trying very hard to make this decent screwball fun but Koepp's camera (and whoever edited this) fail his actors in their attempts at physical comedy.

  • Boyhood

    Boyhood 2014

    Watched 13 Aug, 2015 1

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    **Part of the Best Picture Project**

    In one of the earlier scenes of Boyhood, Mason and his family are moving for the first of many times. Mason looks out the window and sees a childhood friend chasing after him on his bike. The friend waves, but it's too late as the car sails away and Mason's friend disappears never to be seen again.

    Later, Mason's father appears for the first time, having been gone for what has apparently been several…

  • Unfriended

    Unfriended 2014

    Watched 11 Aug, 2015 3

    The cutest cyber bullying PSA ever made.

    Not scary at all, which makes it pretty lame. Yet it's lame in a fun sort of way. The characters are so fascinatingly stupid that watching their demise in real time becomes something of a blast.

  • Queen of Earth

    Queen of Earth 2015

    Watched 09 Aug, 2015 1

    A god damn masterpiece of how privilege and trauma feeds into a psychosis of deadly narcissism, and more importantly how it poisons external places once thought to be a safe haven. I was in love with Alex Ross Perry's Listen Up Phillip, whose close ups sought intimacy with characters it begged you to hate. Here the close ups are even more nauseating as we spend time with two to three characters who insist on social interaction even as it becomes…