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  • The Overnighters 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 27 Feb, 2015

    One of those documentaries where when you read the general subject matter doesn't seem particularly appealing, but you watch and find it pulls in numerous issues, has several twists, and a compelling focal character for that extra oomph.

  • Kingsman: The Secret Service 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 27 Feb, 2015

    Between this and Kick-Ass, with Kick-Ass 2 as further evidence, I think it's fair to say I appreciate the talents of Matthew Vaughn far more than those of Mark Millar. Millar's writing is perhaps a little too nasty for my blood, but Vaughn has twice now managed to (mostly) wrestle it into something I can have fun with: in this case, a Moore era Bond film with moderman Guy Ritchie-ish "wacky" ultraviolence/

  • The Voices 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 25 Feb, 2015

    Along the lines of American Psycho and Super, with a bent on mental illness that is certainly going to ruffle feathers, but whose sad angle on the whole thing is actually something I enjoyed. There is maybe something else I'm not remembering and its not saying a hell of a lot, but this is likely Ryan Reynolds' best film.

  • Hits 2014

    ★½ Watched 17 Feb, 2015

    David Cross' directorial debut is exactly as cranky and in hate with its own characters as you would expect, which isn't necessarily a bad thing if you're a fan of David Cross (I am), however when a film is as badly put together as this, it's hard to call it a feature rather than a flaw.

    Hits attempts an interconnected series of stories about fame-obsession in the Internet age, and in the end comes off as a no budget version…

  • The Longest Yard 2005

    ★★★ Watched 15 Feb, 2015

    A good underdog sports movie. A bad comedy. Its more concerned with the former, so I guess thats a pass.

  • Bill Burr: I'm Sorry You Feel That Way 2014

    ★★ Rewatched 15 Feb, 2015

    Me too, Bill. Me too.

  • And the Oscar Goes To... 2014

    ★★½ Watched 13 Feb, 2015

    Entertaining enough (by Netlfix standards at least), but by no means any revelatory look at the industry or awards voting or anything along those lines.

  • The Past 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 12 Feb, 2015

    Not nearly as engaging as A Separation but still solid. The Past takes a bit to take off, soars high for a while, but doesn't hold onto that momentum. A quiet film that adds intensity in some parts but deadens the proceedings in others when it should perhaps dare to flirt with melodrama.

  • Jupiter Ascending 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 10 Feb, 2015 1

    You know those made up sci fi movies within Gentlemen Broncos? Jupes Ass is one of those. It's also why I like Jupes Ass. Make no bones, this movie is a mess, especially during its second half, but for me, it's a joyful one. It manages to be weird and crazy while also feeling very familiar, containing traces of Brazil, Dune (of course), the Star Wars prequels (and Tatum is literally a skywalker), and many more. It also dips into…

  • The Raid 2011

    ★★★ Rewatched 10 Feb, 2015

    Liked a bit better on rewatch.

  • You Can Count on Me 2000

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 09 Feb, 2015

    Laura Linney was my age when this was released. Belated crush on a woman who never ends up happy in any movie ever.

  • Tarzan 1999

    ★★★½ Watched 06 Feb, 2015

    Still filling in some of my late 90s Disney holes. Tarzan is pretty impressive visually, but what stands out through some of the lesser Disney efforts in this period is that the secondary characters and stories that add a lot of color and personality to otherwise somewhat generic heroes and princesses' stories are somewhat half-assed. The period of letting aging songwriters like Sting and Elton John continues with blandly unoffensive Phil Collins tunes.

    Somewhat visually memorable but only so engaging.