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  • Life Itself 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 13 Jul, 2014

    While it would be hard for me to picture anyone thinking this was a bad or boring documentary, your enjoyment of Life Itself likely varies by whatever degree you hold Ebert up as a hero and/or agree with how certain people/relationships are depicted. By that I mean, if the same treatment was given to say, Jim Henson, it could be my favorite documentary of all time. As a somewhat by-the-numbers documentary it's very good. As a Steve James film, it's…

  • Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 10 Jul, 2014

    "Definitive" if all you really care about are the comics, the cartoon, and the first movie. Which more or less is me. This is basically a glorified special feature, but is an excellent one, with more than enough fun tidbits, voice actor reunions, etc to keep a fan fully engrossed for its runtime.

  • Garden State 2004

    ★★★½ Rewatched 11 Jul, 2014

    Commentary track (rating reflects most recent watch before this) for podcast recording purposes.

    You can skip the commentary track. The only noteworthy moment is that Method Man was deathly afraid to say "titties" around Natalie Portman.

  • V for Vendetta 2005

    ★★★ Rewatched 10 Jul, 2014 1

    I thought this was cool at the time, but now, while it still has it's moments, it feels very long, with overly blunt comic-y dialogue, some very stupid moments there for no reason other to look cool (dominos?), and symbolism that fails almost as often as it works. There's also not a lot of chemistry and the middle of it really drags, a lot of sitting down in rooms and exposition.

  • Obvious Child 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 08 Jul, 2014

    If nothing else if there's any justice this film will put Jenny Slate in every other movie, even if only for a few scenes. Being truly great in something that is supposed to be as much drama as comedy is not that easy of a task, but Slate is charming as hell leading this film and covers every base. This film is mostly cute, but there are some truly effective scenes in this one and it's all in the casting…

  • Zoolander 2001

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 06 Jul, 2014

    Graduating it to modern comedy classic status.

  • Begin Again 2013

    ★★ Watched 03 Jul, 2014 1

    Previously titled "Can A Song Save Your Life?", but you know that there was a boardroom meeting where "Once Again" was on the table.
    If you've seen "They Came Together", you'll also get a hearty laugh out of the central concept behind the record. SPOILER: WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT NEW YORK IS LIKE A CHARACTER IN THE MOVIE!

    John Carney's followup to Once (which was my no. 1 of that year, if you're wondering) wants to be Once even…

  • Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian 2009

    ★★★ Watched 03 Jul, 2014

    I thought the rep on this one was that it was much worse than the first one. Turns out they are both relatively unloved. But I don't mind 'em. The concept of both is to play in the concept's sandbox in a family friendly way. They're cartoons. As such they both are small successes.

  • The Ring 2002

    ★★★½ Watched 02 Jul, 2014 1

    Worth seeing for Verbinski, but having seen Ringu arleady, albeit very long ago: Eh. There's not a lot of story or great dialogue to make it feel fresh, so I just kinda waited out a still familiar and simple story.

  • A Night at the Roxbury 1998

    ★★½ Watched 02 Jul, 2014

    My girlfriend is just younger than me enough to have a different set of guilty pleasure 90s comedies. I was surprised to see that on the IMDB this is actually as highly rated as Waynes World 2? What?

    I had some minor hopes it might have an oddball moment (see, CB4, Pootie Tang, Dirty Work), but nothing particularly memorable nor comedically offensive happens, which considering Chris Kattan - the main reason I avoided this so long - is a surprise.…

  • Garden State 2004

    ★★★½ Rewatched 01 Jul, 2014 5

    Rewatched for an upcoming podcast episode.

    Definitely a 2004 time capsule. So much sensitive 20something angst and moping. The ending is kind of a fumble and the hotel scene is from a different movie altogether, but considering that despite its then-critical acclaim this is now considered divisive, I am still able to tap into the positive side.

  • Dealin' with Idiots 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 30 Jun, 2014

    Click through and look at the cast, and know that this comes via Jeff Garlin from Curb, and you may end up immediately adding this to your Netflix queue. It's smile-funny moreso than haha-funny, not much on plot, just a bunch of goofy shit. Worth checking out for a casual watch.