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  • Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

    Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 30 Mar, 2015

    Over the last several years I'd taken quite an interest in the lunacy that is the Church of Scientology, so I am surprised Gibney could put out a 2 hour documentary on the subject needing to cram in the essentials and still have things within it that I didn't know already.

    The problem though is that there is just SO. FUCKING. MUCH. crazy in the history of this dangerous cult that 2 hours isn't even close to scratching the surface.…

  • Chappie

    Chappie 2015

    ★★★ Watched 28 Mar, 2015

    It seems Chappie has joined Mortdecai as another 2015 running joke as a failure/fiasco.

    Eh, it's not so bad.

    While after District 9 everyone seemed to have higher standards for what Blomkamp would continue to provide as a writer/director I am fine slotting this into my Accidental B-Movie/Acceptable Goofery zone. There's plenty within Chappie that works as a sci fi examination of nurture, and there's also plenty of stupidity and silliness to need to overlook, whether that is Jackman's Murray-from-Flight-of-the-Conchords…

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 2001

    ★★★★ Rewatched 28 Mar, 2015

    Kudos to Letterboxd for having the proper title.

  • The Book of Life

    The Book of Life 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 28 Mar, 2015

    I still remember the very snazzy 3d trailer well, but didn't make the time last fall. It's too bad, because as good as the movie looks at home, rich in color with a unique character design, it just doesn't pop the same as I know it would have.

    The story is better than expected, and the music, which a lot of the film revolves around, is fine, however it has the jukebox musical thing going on ala Happy Feet that I have mixed feelings about.

  • Paths of Glory

    Paths of Glory 1957

    ★★★★½ Watched 28 Mar, 2015

    Particularly good acting and dialogue for this era, often taking on a modern sensibility you don't see much from this time. Douglas is of course fantastic.

  • Stripes

    Stripes 1981

    ★★½ Rewatched 25 Mar, 2015

    I was hoping a rewatch would unlock the love for Stripes.. but no. As good as Bill Murray is throughout, it can't make up for how incredibly sloppy it is, completely lacking in an engaging story

  • Heat

    Heat 1995

    ★★★ Rewatched 25 Mar, 2015

    I still don't really get the love for this. Has its strong moments but generally find it slow to a fault, to the extent I have been prone to nearly doze off if not plain fall asleep every time I watch it.

  • Drop Dead Fred

    Drop Dead Fred 1991

    ★★★½ Watched 25 Mar, 2015

    I'm not entirely sure what this movie intends to say about mental illness, but I liked watching it.

    Fred looks like young Trey Parker a lot of the time.

  • Tricked: The Documentary

    Tricked: The Documentary 2013

    ★★★ Watched 24 Mar, 2015

    File under 'activist op-ed documentary'. Clearly anti-prostitution with the opinion that none of them actually enjoy it and that all of them are slaves, but it makes its argument well, doing some emotional exploitation work but not so self-righteous as to be unwatchable. I don't know enough about the counterargument to call it full on propaganda, however its clear this film would not be interested giving voice to the other side.

  • The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie

    The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie 1979

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Mar, 2015

    It's just a compilation of past cartoons. Warner Bros made a few of these, and they are on Netflix, however this is the best of the bunch, and contains the true greatest hits of Bugs, Daffy and Roadrunner.

  • Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

    Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa 2013

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 22 Mar, 2015

    Still finding new stuff on every rewatch.

  • Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay

    Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 21 Mar, 2015

    Finally I can join the cool table of Ricky Jay fans. Lots of cool card tricks, great stories, and a hell of an ending.