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  • Citizenfour 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 23 Jan, 2015

    Amazing access, but what's scary is how little is surprising. For me personally, dulls the impact more than a bit.

  • American Sniper 2014

    ★★ Watched 22 Jan, 2015

    Should have been titled "Nation's Pride"

    Expected a horrible, unwatchable, anger-inducing film glorifying a murderous racist pathological liar.

    Got a mediocre, apathy-inducing film glorifying a murderous racist pathological liar.

  • Still Alice 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 22 Jan, 2015

    Structurally its a by-the-numbers weepie, and there's one scene that while in performance is clearly an Oscar clip, comes off as a TV movie, however Julianne Moore's performance is so stellar that it lifts an otherwise competent but forgettable indie film into something you wouldn't be embarrassed to shed a tear during. Her depiction of suffering with Alzheimers is horrific enough that it should shake up anyone with anxiety about their mental health.

  • Paddington 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 21 Jan, 2015

    "You loved that movie with the bear who licks his earwax?"
    "Yeah, I really did. Best live action family film since Elf. Maybe since Babe"
    "So... it must be kind of adult, like Where the Wild Things Are then."
    "Not really. He's still more or less a polite, dry, innocent Dennis the Menace, and there's a Stuart LIttle-ness about it. But it's pretty incredible visually which is surprising. The director is the guy who did all the Mighty Boosh episodes,…

  • We Are the Best! 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 20 Jan, 2015

    While it takes a little bit to get get going, We Are The Best ultimately proves to be one of the best depictions of preteens in film history. Appropriately exuberant, bittersweet, joyous, tender and genuine.

  • Enemy 2013

    ★★½ Rewatched 20 Jan, 2015

    Well... I don't think I hate it anymore. I (mostly) get what is going on now, and to be honest I watched it at home in spurts, so I don't know for sure if I can sit through it without a distraction. But that's making myself 'the story'.

    I still generally find it slow, unnatural, and lingering on filling in unimportant details to get from scene to scene.

  • Angus 1995

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Jan, 2015 1

    Watched for the first time for Soundtrack Of Your Life #10, coming in a few weeks.

  • Chelsea Peretti: One of the Greats 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 16 Jan, 2015

    The first time I attempted this special I was apparently not in the mood for the off-putting diversions throughout this special, and it turned it off after 5 minutes. However on 2nd attempt I'm extremely impressed with Peretti's standup gifts and willingness to fuck around with the format.

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★★ Rewatched 11 Jan, 2015

    Inching up a bit on each rewatch.

  • Daredevil 2003

    ★★½ Rewatched 09 Jan, 2015

    (Director's Cut)

    I'd heard for years many who swore that the Directors Cut, at an extra 30 minutes, was actually good, clears things up and improves the action. It's been a decade since I saw this movie (a free copy fell into my hands recently) so I could not compare, however the longer version is better than I remembered. On one level Ben Affleck has earned more goodwill in recent years so his performance can be taken a bit more…

  • The Skeleton Twins 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 09 Jan, 2015

    A late addition to my best of 2014 top 10. I expected good things from this but got a lot more. First off on a base level this is very funny in a morose way.

    Wiig has been doing a lot of sad, unnoticed sorta-comedies delivering more or less the same performance (which really is the same sad performance that Jennifer Aniston gives) hoping for one to stick the landing, and this one finally does. Meanwhile Bill Hader is doing…

  • The Big Chill 1983

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 09 Jan, 2015

    A second rewatch for The Soundtrack of Your Life Episode 9, available here