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  • Love Is Strange 2014

    Watched 08 Jan, 2015

    Really surprised no one has made a "Make Gay for Tomorrow" joke yet. Come on, film community. You're usually quick about things like this.

  • Teenage 2013

    Watched 19 Nov, 2014

    A strange film essay observing the history of adolescence in the first half of the 20th century. It occasionally touches on some rather compelling stuff, and even captures that universal feeling of angsty rebellion in some points, but it's far too fleeting, tonally jumping, and POV switching in order to really matter out of its insular viewing experience (and the footage shot and edited to look like stock footage is really unconvincing).

  • Particle Fever 2013

    Watched 17 Nov, 2014

    There is something great about a documentary where the fascination isn't in the topic itself, but rather the people who are interested in it.

    The magic of Particle Fever comes from following a bunch o' nerds doing really nerdy things. Yet the optimism of the documentary is so infectious it's enough for one to regain hope that humanity is headed somewhere good. The fact that after only a couple thousand years living on this rock we've managed to achieve so…

  • As Good as It Gets 1997

    Watched 19 Oct, 2014

    **Part of the Best Picture Project**

    Coming off of Terms of Endearment and Broadcast News on the Best Picture Project, this one plays more disappointingly average than I'd expect from James L. Brooks. His other films are marked by really careful characterization and this one is just up in your face about who everyone is as people that it's just a journey to it's telegraphed finish line.

    All that said, Jack Nicholson is the fucking man.

  • The Full Monty 1997

    Watched 19 Oct, 2014

    **Part of the Best Picture Project**

    In the wake of British working class films of the 90s, The Full Monty is kind of an outlier considering it's a completely straightforward comedy. Not much to dissect here (at least of interest) but it's a pretty funny film about a bunch of guys getting their mojo back.

    I wonder how well this premise would play today with women in the lead instead.

  • The English Patient 1996

    Watched 15 Oct, 2014 1

    **Part of the Best Picture Project**

    Oh shut up, Elaine.

  • Fargo 1996

    Watched 14 Oct, 2014

    **Part of the Best Picture Project**

    Ya, this one is good, eh?

    The Coens both build and deconstruct the "True Crime" murder genre. It's as darkly humorous a film as they've made, yet it's also the most optimistic. For every overwhelmingly evil (and incompetent) person there is out there, there's one big shining good one like Marge and her bae, Norm.

    Warms ya heart.

  • The Interview 2014

    Watched 24 Dec, 2014

    Only mildly funny, and just barely. Misses the potential to be a damning satire of media relations (both US and NK), but goes for the easy targets instead, as well as the inevitable sex/dick/anal jokes.

    But I watched it, and that's that. I can move on with my life and watch as the obnoxious sanctimonious grandstanding from both sides of the debate surrounding this film eats into each other. Hail, America.

  • Big Hero 6 2014

    Watched 12 Dec, 2014 2

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

  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 2014

    Watched 12 Dec, 2014 3

    Mockingjay-Part I is worse than a bad film. It is a boring one, and a film that treats it audience like cattle knowing that they are already lined up for the next one.

    What was the last film to end with a cliffhanger that the audience genuinely cared about what happens next? Here is a film that insists on doing nothing, again, for two whole hours, and then choke the audience into having to wait another year for the ending…

  • The One I Love 2014

    Watched 01 Dec, 2014

    Film #1 of the December Challenge

    The one I only kind of like.

    This is one of those films that falls apart due to its misguided approach. The One I Love works best when it's observing its characters and understanding of their humanity. Duplass and Moss are great together, and they're really in tune with not just their characters, but each other. The main problem comes when this film insists on being incredibly plot driven, and it starts to feel…