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  • Tank Girl

    Tank Girl 1995

    ★★★★ Rewatched 09 Feb, 2016

    Merits revisiting. Rewatched for Soundtrack of Your Life #16 with Kurt Halfyard, on this weekend.

  • Hannibal Buress: Comedy Camisado

    Hannibal Buress: Comedy Camisado 2016

    ★★★★★ Watched 05 Feb, 2016

    Will be hard to top for standup special of the year. Hannibal is at the peak of his game and this is a must-watch even if you were so-so on him in the past.

  • Anomalisa

    Anomalisa 2015

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 03 Feb, 2016

    Would have challenged for my #1 in 2015, but since it wasn't released theatrically (aside from TIFF) here until January, I might slot this into my 2016 list now.

    I fucking loved this. Kaufman's films are bitter, zoo sized pills of humanism, and thus could be taken/read many ways and still be correct, despite only containing so much of the surreal. And maybe multiple readings at once. I felt in a daze after leaving this film, juggling them all. The…

  • Billy Elliot: The Musical

    Billy Elliot: The Musical 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 03 Feb, 2016

    The musical adaptation is top shelf on its own merits, and as a filmed performance is presented more cinematically than one would expect, enough so that I would want to see more of these.

  • Sleeping with Other People

    Sleeping with Other People 2015

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 03 Feb, 2016

    Improves on rewatch as now I'm pretty attached to these characters going in. In my A-list of romcoms.

  • What Happened, Miss Simone?

    What Happened, Miss Simone? 2015

    ★★★ Watched 01 Feb, 2016 1

    So in a year with several tremendous music docs of course the most ordinary one gets nominated.

  • Beasts of No Nation

    Beasts of No Nation 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 30 Jan, 2016

    Elba is very good and the kid is even better. The story as a whole doesn't have much of a flow but there are plenty of compelling moments to see you through.

  • The Dictator

    The Dictator 2012

    ★★ Rewatched 30 Jan, 2016

    Liked about 4 times as much as before. You can do the math. Easier to watch at home, but clear that Cohen's sense of humor doesn't work as well when fully scripted. More than anything The Dictator's fatal flaw is most of Aladeen's one liners are just Borat lines with a beard.

  • Trophy Kids

    Trophy Kids 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 30 Jan, 2016

    Chris Bell (Bigger Stronger Faster) has a decent followup here, and captures some extraordinary and cringe inducing footage. It feels like there's a little something extra missing that say, Jesus Camp has, however there's no question that even if you go in knowing what kind of awful behavior to expect, it will be even harder to watch than you think. In some ways the kids of religious nuts are probably better off than these parents, and it says something that the nuttiest religious fanatic in this film has the closest thing to a rational approach.

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015

    ★★★★ Rewatched 25 Jan, 2016

    Better on rewatch in glorious 2D. I'd still say the action could be better, and some things aren't so well explained, but better.

  • Brick

    Brick 2005

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 25 Jan, 2016

    Has aged very well, with the hardnosed detective dialogue playing less gimmicky for some reason.

  • Recount

    Recount 2008

    ★★★ Watched 21 Jan, 2016

    Jay Roach is addicted to so-so political dramas.