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  • Jurassic Park

    Jurassic Park 1993

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 29 Jun, 2015

  • Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of

    Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 25 Jun, 2015

    On Netflix.

    This is the boy band version of Metallica: Some Kind of Monster. It's not as good as the aforementioned film, but it takes on the same tense quality as they struggle with each other in their reunion, culminating to one hell of a confrontation between Nick and Brian. Mixed within is personal historys and band history involving drugs and lawsuits. They tie in better than you'd expect both stylistically and in flow.

    I was not a boyband guy, but anyone who lived through this era and was familiar enough with their material might want to give this a shot.

  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park

    The Lost World: Jurassic Park 1997

    ★★★½ Rewatched 25 Jun, 2015

    A lot of the CGI, especially the stegasaurus rampage, has not aged well at all. What has aged quite well and is still as stupid and yet tense as it ever was is the cliff/trailer sequence. Poor Eddie.

  • Welcome to Me

    Welcome to Me 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Jun, 2015

    I apparently dig movies that involve mental illness, even ones that might piss off the mentally ill. By looser definitions I have one so I am giving this one my blessing. Welcome To Me manages to mine it for comedy as well as be a bit artsy, dramatic and/or disturbing. Wiig is pretty dedicated here, as she has been in a number of largely unseen indie pics over the last 2 years. Her ability to be funny as well as evoke a lot of sympathy makes me think she's the female Bill Murray.

  • Inside Out

    Inside Out 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 24 Jun, 2015

    Not to be confused with the equally emotionally wrought box office sensation that is the WWE Films' "Inside Out" starring Triple H.

    So this was mostly all that I love about Pixar, the mix of adventure, comedy and simple but effective ideas. It's not even the most effective of their films in any of these categories, and as cutesy as it is I'm not sure how it plays for kids, but for a grown ass man like myself Inside Out…

  • Lava

    Lava 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Jun, 2015

    Wow, look at that range of responses.

    I thought the song was cute and I'm not particularly interested in bodyshaming cartoon volcanoes.

  • A Deadly Adoption

    A Deadly Adoption 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 22 Jun, 2015

    Part of me wants to give this a 4, and the other part of me wants to give it a 0. With Freddy Got Fingered as a precedent, I guess I go with the former, because I admired it for what it is.

    This is essentially a comedy science experiment. Put two well known comic actors into a Lifetime movie, have them play it completely straight, and see if their presence alone makes it watchable and/or funny. And it works.…

  • Jurassic World

    Jurassic World 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 22 Jun, 2015

    Rating this one more as a ride and not so much as a movie. I saw this in DBox, the first time I'd ever done so, as it seemed exactly what that technology was for. Trembling as Somethingorother Rexes stomped, jerking around as you were fought over by pternanons, vibrating massage while you rode in a helicopter, or just from a good ol' roar.

    It's fun. And was essential enough to the experience I can't be quite sure if what…

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★ Rewatched 18 Jun, 2015 1

    Second go-round to hopefully join the cool kids table on this one. I guess it's not meant to be.

  • It Follows

    It Follows 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Jun, 2015

    Maybe a bit overhyped if only because its not that scary (and I am a wimp for these things) but certainly worth seeking out. Well paced and acted and the film score is a standout.

  • Spy

    Spy 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 12 Jun, 2015

    More or less what I expected overall, but thought it would be more consistent from start to finish. Spy is a bit sloppy for it's first half, especially in editing, but it does eventually find its stride and manages to be funnier once McCarthy's character takes a more aggressive turn.

  • The Target Shoots First

    The Target Shoots First 2000

    ★★★★ Watched 12 Jun, 2015

    Watched via vimeo within an AV Club Article:

    This documentary tracks the inner workings of the Columbia House music club in the mid-90s via the day-to-day working life of a project manager. It has some universal working stuff and some of the process of how the club works and evolves with the issues of that time. It probably plays a lot more interesting now than it might have at it's time depending on your age. Very low fi. Rec'd.