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  • Alan Partridge's Scissored Isle

    Alan Partridge's Scissored Isle 2016

    ★★★★★ Watched 20 Oct, 2016 1

    45 minute Alan Partridge special from earlier this year, sending up travelogue shows. Thoroughly hilarious with plenty of rewatch value.

  • Breaking a Monster

    Breaking a Monster 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 19 Oct, 2016

    A really strong music industry doc. Not particularly focused on the music itself, Breaking A Monster is about how a group of black preteens playing thrash metal were signed and the process of marketing them from there.

    As strong as it is, a warning that this movie is annoying. Their manager has that kind of self-aggrandizing delusion about himself that makes for a great documentary character, but is thoroughly. The people around this band in general really don't seem to…

  • Mascots

    Mascots 2016

    ★★½ Watched 18 Oct, 2016

    Discussed at length on the Cinereelists podcast:

  • 13th

    13th 2016

    ★★ Watched 18 Oct, 2016

    Ava DuVernay makes important movies.

    Extremely poorly directed, important, important movies. Will probably win an Oscar though, because important.

    13th feels like it could (and should have been) a strong 6 part TV documentary, in the vein of say, When the Levees Broke. Instead, at 1h40, it is rubbernecking through history and connections in a similar (yet less assured way) as Fahrenheit 9/11's Bush Family history segments, which in hindsight have made that film borderline unwatchable. Everything from the rushed…

  • Amanda Knox

    Amanda Knox 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 30 Sep, 2016 2

    Nick Pisa is in the running for The World's Least Self-Aware Scumbag

  • The Lady in the Van

    The Lady in the Van 2015

    ★★★ Watched 23 Sep, 2016

    The "what I've learned" play monologue is kind of a bedshitter as far as endings go, but a decent drama.

  • Kubo and the Two Strings

    Kubo and the Two Strings 2016

    ★★★★★ Watched 08 Sep, 2016

    Best film of the summer season.

  • Just Visiting

    Just Visiting 2001

    ★★½ Added

    Harmless, but when you realize that Not Jean Reno guy wrote this for himself to try to make headway in America (and failed), his attempted scene stealing slapstick scenes get all the more grating.


  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 08 Sep, 2016

    Keeps creeping up. I think for me, Star Wars movies are always meant to be watched at home.

  • Brain Donors

    Brain Donors 1992

    ★★★½ Watched 31 Aug, 2016

    Watched because of the Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker episode of the Director's Club. A nice find, by this point in history a hidden gem.

  • Pete's Dragon

    Pete's Dragon 2016

    ★★★ Watched 31 Aug, 2016


    Mild tears within the first 5 minutes with a scene that of all things reminded me of the also-strong emotional wallop at the beginning of Where the Wild Things Are. I was set to love this movie.

    But it just gives in to convention and by the end I was near nodding off, without much investment in anyone. A shame.

  • 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.