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  • Snake Eyes

    Snake Eyes 1998

    ★★★½ Watched 20 Aug, 2016

    A sleazy, not that well thought out thriller but with a wonderfully over the top Cage performance for those that like that sort of thing, and some similarly enjoyable over the top De Palmaisms.

  • The Family Man

    The Family Man 2000

    ★★★ Watched 20 Aug, 2016

    Brett Ratner made a movie about there being more important things than a paycheck, which is hilarious.

  • The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

    The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! 1988

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 20 Aug, 2016

    Rewatched following the latest episode of the Director's Club Podcast following the Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker films, which you should make time for.

  • Crimson Peak

    Crimson Peak 2015

    ★★★½ Rewatched 18 Aug, 2016

    The are a few del Toro movies that play better on the small screen. This is one of them.

  • The Natural

    The Natural 1984

    ★★★★★ Watched 18 Aug, 2016 1

    Just the kind of overblown Americana I like, so much so that this is a full blown superhero movie, with Roy Hobbs more Superman than Superman.

  • Suicide Squad

    Suicide Squad 2016

    ★½ Watched 13 Aug, 2016

    It's a comic book movie that looks like an actual film, Ben Affleck is in it, and the dark-figure version of Enchantress is presented pretty beautifully to my tastes.

    That's about all the nice things I can say about Suicide Squad, an alternately boring and obnoxious film with the worst soundtrack to ever be made out of good songs, rife with the worst Guy Ritchie tendencies and empty calorie shoot em up scenes. It just sucks.

    At this point 2016 is the worst year for mainstream blockbusters than I can remember, with only The Jungle Book of all things being a fully satisfying live action spectacle.

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016

    ★★½ Rewatched 11 Aug, 2016 1

    ("Ultimate Edition")

    While the extended version fixes the "this feels cut to shit" problem and now feels like a full movie presented as intended, several sections feel even longer and laborious than before. To some degree Eisenberg's performance choices seem more reasonable, and the depressing feeling I had from leaving the theater the first time has more or less washed away. I still enjoy Affleck and appreciate many moments on a cinematic level, but the flaws and bloat still make this hard to endorse. All that said, I appreciate it more than several Marvel films which clear a lower hurdle.

  • Star Trek Beyond

    Star Trek Beyond 2016

    Watched 23 Jul, 2016

    The poster beside me as I write is engaging and colorful.
    The trailer for this movie is as drab and generic as a piece of film promotion as you'd ever see.

    The trailer is accurate.

    Star Trek Beyond is not the worst Trek, but it's easily my least favorite Trek, and I'm baffled at the push for this as a nostalgic throwback to old adventures, when this incredibly boring movie abandons the wit and character dynamics that drive this series…

  • James White

    James White 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 18 Jul, 2016

    There are 366 days in 2016 and the day someone you know dies is not the best choice of days to watch this.

  • Ghostbusters

    Ghostbusters 2016

    ★★½ Watched 18 Jul, 2016

    A couple years of idiotic politicizing means I was never going to trust anyone's feelings on this but my own, and that I was probably going to be tainted from watching this "pure" even if I was on the white hat side of asking if this had a right to exist. So time will allow this to get reevaluated and hopefully more appreciated, especially since I'm a fan of almost everyone involved. There are obvious standouts and if you've seen…

  • Swiss Army Man

    Swiss Army Man 2016

    ★★★★★ Watched 09 Jul, 2016 1

    The best music video director(s) to feature film director jump since Being John Malkovich. Swiss Army Man is best served cold. Deliberately alienates from the beginning only to win you over, this is one of the best films of the year and will stay that way.

  • Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates

    Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates 2016

    ★★★ Watched 13 Jul, 2016

    With this and 7 Days in Hell behind him, Szymanski has a promising comedy director future ahead of him, even if this doesn't thoroughly satisfy. M&D is very much in the 00s Frat Pack zone of comedy that is quite well structured but not as beefed up with jokes as it could be; carried more by performance.

    And that is what makes M&D a mixed bag. While Aubrey Plaza is downright heroic in a role that both plays to her…