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  • Buffalo Soldiers

    Buffalo Soldiers 2001

    ★★★½ Watched 23 Nov, 2015

    Kind of dated and blatantly Tarantino inspired, but fun.

  • The Stanford Prison Experiment

    The Stanford Prison Experiment 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 23 Nov, 2015

    Bleak and to the point to the degree that by the end it starts to wear out its welcome, but certainly an upgrade from Das Experiment while still oddly feeling European in presentation.

  • Spotlight

    Spotlight 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 23 Nov, 2015

    A well-realized procedural for me is often the fastest 2 hours I can spend in a movie theater, and Spotlight is no different.

    McCarthy has made 2 great movies in the past (not so sure about his other output), and while none of them are much to write home about visually, he's a strong actors-director, and he certainly makes the most of his ensemble, with each part given their due, and not just as exposition machines, as they gradually unlock…

  • Birdy

    Birdy 1984

    ★★★★ Watched 23 Nov, 2015

    There aren't nearly enough male-friendship movies out there worth your time, but this is one of them. Apparently this won big at Cannes in 1984, but aside from some nice flourishes I will admit I don't see that, as this is perhaps more a prototype for the Powder-esque outsider movies of the 90s and even the disability movies that fill up most Oscar seasons nowadays. It's very aw-shucks at times which can grate given how full bore they go with…

  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 23 Nov, 2015

    Perhaps not what a number of people wanted, however Mockingjay Part 2 finds both F-Law and J-Law oozing with PTSD, and I couldn't be much happier about that. Characters in blockbusters that truly wear all that has happened on their faces really work for me, and given that Mockingjay manages to be war-movie bleak and batshit loony in several sequences and still seem like the same movie makes me appreciate that all the more. Lawrence essentially gets a do-over on…

  • Twinsters

    Twinsters 2015

    ★★★ Watched 22 Nov, 2015

    Directed by one of the two subjects. On Netflix.

    This should have been a short, but given that nobody watches shorts, and part of this films M.O. is to get the long lost parent to get in touch, that becomes a tough criticism. It's a cutesy feel-good story that just doesn't warrant its length, but its very hard to dislike.

  • John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid

    John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 20 Nov, 2015

    Standup special of the year

  • Room

    Room 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 19 Nov, 2015

    This would be a motherfucker of a film in the hands of say... Fincher. Regardless, it's still a pretty gripping piece of work anchored by a very good (albeit the narration is a bit much at times) child performance, and an Oscar worthy but not so Oscar baity Brie Larson lead.

    As a Torontonian though, I can't help but be annoyed at how badly they masked the city. I think most people know what the CN Tower is, and seeing it in background shots while cars are driving around with Ohio license plates is just insulting.

  • Soaked in Bleach

    Soaked in Bleach 2015

    ★★★ Watched 19 Nov, 2015

    "Kurt was murdered" doc currently on Netflix. This has always been my pet conspiracy theory since it's kind of inconsequential compared to so many, and becuase even if the evidence that believers present doesn't add up to the overall claim, it's still damning in its own right. That would be, the Courtney calls, the lawyer calls, and some of the other circumstances. More info-driven than Kurt & Courtney, very much one sided, but it's well made enough to recommend as salacious entertainment if this subject is of interest for you.

  • Spectre

    Spectre 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 19 Nov, 2015

    Enjoyed in theater but has gone a bit down in retrospect(re). I see all the complaints people make but somehow forgive them even though I might not in other pictures. Maybe because when it comes to Bond films, I really dont care. Plot nonsense, character motivations. Eh. It has a Nolan-y grit but in content is kind of goofy. It's an odd combo, I don't begrudge anyone who can't handle it, but I could. Next.

  • Entertainment

    Entertainment 2015

    ★★½ Watched 16 Nov, 2015

    I'd been looking forward to this and wanted so bad to like it. Love Neil Hamburger, and was one of the few really on board with The Comedy. Despite a number of solid moments it doesn't really deliver much conceptually, and the pace is brutal.

  • Disturbia

    Disturbia 2007

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Nov, 2015

    I love this silly motherfucking kid