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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    Rewatched 24 May, 2015

    Gonna start going around and yelling "Witness me!" prior to doing really mundane shit like checking out at the register, or pulling into a parking space.

    Still a great watch in all its genre glory. Features some of the best (live) action sequences I've seen in a film since Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

  • Days of Heaven

    Days of Heaven 1978

    Rewatched 24 May, 2015 1

    Love, loneliness, and the tragic inevitability of industrialism and all its toxicity. Maybe the apocalypse already came and we're living in it.

  • Badlands

    Badlands 1973

    Rewatched 24 May, 2015 1

    I refuse to believe this is a debut and Malick didn't secretly make about 5 films before this.

  • Harakiri

    Harakiri 1919

    Watched 23 May, 2015

    Early Fritz Lang film with some great production design behind it. Beyond that it's an impersonally told story that only occasionally shows genuine emotion. The whitewashing of the story (Lang seems to like Buddhist culture without really understanding it) doesn't help its case either. He'd make better films later in his career.

  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

    The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water 2015

    Watched 23 May, 2015 2

    I've never been a Spongebob fan but there's a surreal comic irreverence here that I almost have to respect.

  • War Horse

    War Horse 2011

    Watched 22 May, 2015 1

    **Part of the Best Picture Project**

    So after finally getting around to this, after hearing about how awful this film supposedly was, why am I currently sitting here afterwards not exactly moved, but also mildly impressed?

    There's something I've always disliked about some of the criticisms that have always been directed at Spielberg: They're hypocritical, and in some cases are just born out of a plain misunderstanding for what Spielberg is trying to do with his films. Granted, War Horse

  • Moneyball

    Moneyball 2011

    Watched 22 May, 2015

    **Part of the Best Picture Project**

    This film is ultimately about the triumph of cold statistics over human intuition, so naturally it's Bennett Miller's best movie. That's not necessarily a slight against the film, because it's still pretty human and treats the subject matter with some fair sense of nuance. That being said, I can't help but feel this is something Soderbergh, who was orginally attached to this, would have knocked out of the park (sorry).

    Brad Pitt takes the…

  • Poltergeist

    Poltergeist 2015

    Watched 21 May, 2015 2

    I honestly have very little to say about this movie. At this point in time, this is the kind of movie most people could probably make in their sleep. If I have anything positive to say it's that it's a mercifully short movie, the 3D is decent, and though the cast really isn't into this movie (Sam Rockwell says every line with a tone of pure sarcasm), I like them enough to tolerate this pretty lifeless movie.

    Probably the most passive experience I've had watching a movie so far this year.

  • Dracula 3D

    Dracula 3D 2012

    Watched 21 May, 2015 3

    Good lord, what an awful film. I've seen my fair share of feature length student film disasters over the years, and really the only difference between those and this is that this has more of a budget. Honestly, if Argento wasn't so clearly an auteur, you wouldn't be able to tell that this was done by the same guy who made Suspiria. Some old school directors haven't been able to really handle the transition to digital, but Argento really looks…

  • The Descendants

    The Descendants 2011

    Watched 19 May, 2015

    **Part of the Best Picture Project**

    Still like this movie in its cozy up in a blanket kind of way. I'm not sure the film benefits from Payne's continually growing misanthropy, but the screenplay here is level headed enough so that the better structure of it all shuffle runs in sandals right past that. Clooney, barring one "Oscar clip" scene, is great in a quiet way that brings the character to the star (and not the star to the character), and Woodley & Miller are great as his daughters.

  • Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

    Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome 1985

    Watched 14 May, 2015 1

    I actually watched this a couple days ago, but forgot to log it, which I think explains everything.

    Every Mad Max film stands on its own stylistically in different ways. The first is a sort of Roger Corman B movie revenge flick. The second is very James Cameron-esque*. This is the Spielberg one, and the problem is that there are only two people who have successfully mimicked The Beard, and they stood on their own in the process (sadly the…

  • The Raid 2

    The Raid 2 2014

    Rewatched 17 May, 2015 1

    My complaints from the first go are pretty much the same, but I like this film even less on this rewatch. Does anyone in this film actually think about using their guns when someone is coming at them with nothing but fists? The fights in the first one made a lot of sense, but here there are characters (or rather living punching bags) who by all means should have guns on them to shoot the guys coming at them with a baseball bat (at best). It just makes the film cartoonish, and in a way that doesn't gel with Evan's gritty style.