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  • Horns 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 04 Nov, 2014

    The best word for this film is 'memorable'. The film has flaws across the board, from pacing issues, to DanRad's struggle with an American accent (and some over-emoting), its motifs are blunt and the identity of the mystery person Radcliffe is looking for is rather obvious. But how it goes about it is often funny, visually striking, and full of scenes and moments I keep coming back to (as opposed to the recent John Wick, which I remember little to nothing about).

  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1978

    ★★★★★ Watched 07 Nov, 2014

    Spocktacular

  • Big Top Pee-wee 1988

    ★★½ Rewatched 02 Nov, 2014

    Haven't seen since I was 9. It's not very good, however it's so odd in the "I can't believe this is what they made" that I appreciate it to a degree. For some reason this is a love story involving infidelity(!) that sexualizes Pee-Wee to a degree that at the time would have seemed a lot more wrong than it does now.

  • Zoolander 2001

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 01 Nov, 2014

  • Snitch 2013

    ★★½ Watched 30 Oct, 2014

    Here's everything you need to know about Snitch:












    It's an hour and 52 minutes long.









    Eh.

  • John Wick 2014

    ★★ Watched 27 Oct, 2014 1

    Familiar recipe. Stale ingredients. Decent chef. So makes up John Wick, the generic-est genre feature I've seen since last years Closed Circuit. The material is competently handled, but I am baffled at the love being shown for something so ordinary.

  • Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 25 Oct, 2014

    Psychological torture porn for every artist who has ever faced down with a teacher or instructor with a "push" method. Far more entertaining than I would have expected, to the point of ridiculous melodrama (which I'm cool with), Whiplash manages to live up to the hype as a subversive commentary on what makes good art. JK Simmons' extremist musical director is really more of a Full Metal Jacket-ish drill instructor by nature, with hilarious-yet-disturbing one liners that would make In…

  • Birdman 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 25 Oct, 2014

    Just the kind of pretentious twaddle I like. Couldn't have been happier to watch Michael Keaton lead such a dreamlike visual feast with darkly comedic elements, media satire and meta commentary on some of its main players. I've always enjoyed Inarritu but this is far and away his most interesting, and certailnly most fun, of his outings.

  • Palo Alto 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 23 Oct, 2014

    For whatever it's worth, the best film directed by a Coppola since Lost in Translation. Emma Roberts has a lot of charisma in a quiet role, but elsewhere the dialogue is excellent and memorable. The stories are simplistic sketches of white people coming of age, but the characterizations feel authentic. A strong debut.

  • Sleepless in Seattle 1993

    ★★★ Watched 10 Oct, 2014

    I can see why it's a staple of the genre.

    I can also see that if the genders were swapped, this would get real creeptastic real quick.

    I can also see that painting the baxter as an ineffectual allergic person in order to show he's the wrong man is kind of crass, especially for a rom-com.

  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day 2014

    ★★★ Watched 13 Oct, 2014

    This was even more for kids than I expected it to be. It's basically After Hours for Tots, which is just entertaining enough to spend 90 minutes with, however the very first scene of the entire film shows enough aftermath to make a number of scenes tedious as you just await the obvious wacky plot development. Additionally, though everyone is fine, the movie doesn't really center around anyone, and considering Alexander is the heavy in the title, it makes the…

  • Non-Stop 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 13 Oct, 2014

    The 3rd or 4th best of the newfangled Liam Neeson Punches Whatever genre.