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  • UHF 1989

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 27 Jul, 2014 1

    If you give this film 4 stars or higher you are required to give someone you love a spatula within your lifetime.

  • Hercules 2014

    ★★★ Watched 27 Jul, 2014

    If you have a drive-in year you, that's the best possible place to check this out. After so many dreary movies this summer I just wanted something dumb and fun that I'd likely forget in a week. And I guess I got it what I was looking for.

    In the cheesy opening minutes I was immediately second guessing my decision to see this, only to see what we were getting is not another Clash of the Titans, but a halfhearted…

  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids 1989

    ★★★½ Rewatched 27 Jul, 2014

    In case you think this movie "feels like yesterday", the kid with the lawnmower was sentenced to 10 years for armed robbery and then died from a heroin overdose. You're old.

  • Snowpiercer 2013

    ★★★ Watched 26 Jul, 2014

    One of those rare cases where I wish for quarter-stars on letterboxd as this is a true 2.75.

    Initially tried to watch the VOD version a few days ago, and turned it off after 50 minutes, right at the night-vision axe scene. The movie was pissing me off. Nihilistic, humorless, 2-dimensional characters repeatedly giving horrible expository dialogue saying something they already know as if it was news to them or surprising.

    "Why _____ hasn't existed for ____ years!"
    "All dead!"…

  • Dazed and Confused 1993

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 26 Jul, 2014 1

    Seen so many times every scene and line is iconic for me now. In my top 5 of all time.

  • BASEketball 1998

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Jul, 2014

    The UHF of the 90s.

  • Son in Law 1993

    ★★★ Rewatched 23 Jul, 2014 1

    Imagine my shock rewatching this for the first time in at least 15 years to discover it's actually not bad. Not hilarious mind you, but an easy watch, and actually somewhat.. sweet. What I think makes it not bad is how they go out of their way to make Pauly Shore's character a good person, never annoying for the sake of being annoying, or cheaply making fun of the midwest.

  • Pump up the Volume 1990

    ★★★ Rewatched 21 Jul, 2014

    Rewatched for podcast. Watch for it in this space within the next 2 weeks:

  • The Newton Boys 1998

    ★★★ Watched 21 Jul, 2014

    Of the half dozen Linklater movies that are just okay, this is the okayest. Maybe merits a revisit given McConaughey and The Hawker are on better terms with the cinephiles these days.

  • Downloaded 2013

    ★★★ Watched 19 Jul, 2014

    From Alex Winter of Bill and Ted fame, all the stuff about Napster that you probably already knew, just told quite well. On Netflix.

  • Boyhood 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 17 Jul, 2014

    Extremely high expectations and 164 minutes are maybe a dangerous mix, but Richard Linklater (one of my very favorite directors) almost creates the masterpiece everyone else seems to think this is. I'm not quite there, at least not yet.

    Perhaps known more for the attractive concept than anything else, Boyhood is a fictional film that follows young Mason through around 12 years of all of the players actual lives, ending some time during his first year of college. Each segment…

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 15 Jul, 2014 1

    While just about as good as Rise, I left the theater with completely different parts of my brain buzzing. While both films succeed largely because of their emotionally satisfying core, Rise was on a basic level, more fun, and this one has more or less left that behind to dig for more. It frequently transcends genre trappings. And while I think it succeeded thematically, visually, emotionally, and as a simple effective piece of storytelling, I mourn that extra buzz.