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  • Mr. Right

    Mr. Right 2015

    ★★ Watched 26 Apr, 2016


    Mr. Right makes it's biggest mistake out of the gate. Anna Kendrick is at home being the perfect girlfriend and is immediately betrayed. This sets her off on a need to do something dangerous, in that place we can get when betrayed where you want to take advantage of someone or be taken advantage of. We're not in our right self, and it will be awhile to level out.

    Meanwhile we have clown nosed international assassin Sam Rockwell who…

  • Sing Street

    Sing Street 2016

    ★★★★★ Watched 21 Apr, 2016

    John Carney makes his third struggling musician film, and it's a return to form of the heights of Once, while incorporating what he learned from the higher profile (albeit ultimately, not nearly as loved) of Begin Again.

    Once relies on getting behind Hansard as a musician who deserves a contract. Given Hansard and Irglova's established background, this was not all that difficult even if their talents were new to a wide variety of the audience.

    Begin Again had it's star…

  • Get a Job

    Get a Job 2016

    ★★★ Watched 13 Apr, 2016

    This has 5 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Get A Job was filmed around 4-5 years ago when neither Kendrick or Teller were much of anything. And yet the whole cast is pretty stacked with lesser known comedy stars as well as the likes of Bryan Cranston. And it's from the guy who made Roger Dodger. Hopefully that last sentence perked your ears up a bit.

    Why does this have 5 percent on Rotten Tomatoes?

    It's not amazing. It aims very…

  • Midnight Special

    Midnight Special 2016

    ★½ Watched 09 Apr, 2016

    An early contender for the most overrated film of 2016, Midnight Special oozes arthouse privilege from every pore. Only a young indie director with the goodwill that Nichols has built could put together something so soullessly derivative and be praised. There is not one single thing Midnight Special does better than its influences, not one thing it does that is "new" or more adult. If anything, Midnight Special is offensive for how much less it can be.

    Take the most…

  • Demolition

    Demolition 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Apr, 2016 2

    Vallee's latest is a vicious circle of humor, grief, misery and mischief. Don't particularly get the very mixed reviews given that it's still very much one of his films, which have been well received before. Maybe its the Jason Reitman-esque touches that seem to be out of style with people as of late? Maybe the mix of full on drama with blatant comedy is a tonal problem for many? In both cases, I'm on board, and I'd say this is…

  • Slow Learners

    Slow Learners 2015

    ★★★ Watched 08 Apr, 2016

    Quasi-mumblecore rom-com that gets by on the strength of various under-the-radar UCB and SNL actors. Kind of formulaic.

  • Experimenter

    Experimenter 2015

    ★★★ Watched 08 Apr, 2016 1

    Intentionally breaks the fourth wall to the point that you kind of wish you were watching a documentary of Milgram's experiments instead.

  • The Hunting Ground

    The Hunting Ground 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Apr, 2016

    The Invisible War was similarly meh in craft but somehow comes off as more alarming and urgent than this, which presents environments easier to picture/relate to. That said, it's still very strong, and only gets more and more maddening as the stories pile up, culminating with the Jameis Winston fiasco and an endless stream of 'and then..' postscripts

  • Diamond Tongues

    Diamond Tongues 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 08 Apr, 2016

    Very Canadian, and rarely do I mean that in a good way, but I do here. This showscases Toronto's day-to-day life more cinematically than the vast vast VAST majority of other attempts and is an accurate mumblecore-y look at the jealousy and subterfuge that goes on among artists.

  • Taxi

    Taxi 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 05 Apr, 2016

    Capital M Masterpiece. Basically Linklater's Slacker filtered through Abbas Kiarostami's various car-centric method. Playful and imaginative, it's gimmick SHOULD grow tiresome, but instead increasingly transcends it the longer it goes on. I could've watched a 5 hour version of this.

  • Troop Beverly Hills

    Troop Beverly Hills 1989

    ★★★ Rewatched 29 Mar, 2016

    I've still only seen this in fullscreen - not that it matters much.

    Here's the thing, the writing of this is pretty solid for the underdog loser genre. It has a lot of "hey, it's ______" moments, including amongst the kids, which include Jenny Lewis and Carla Gugino. I find this movie funny because the way Shelley Long plays this obnoxious character - it's like Miss Piggy was leading them. It has the guy who made Revenge of the Nerds…

  • The Exploding Girl

    The Exploding Girl 2009

    ★★★½ Watched 25 Mar, 2016 1

    Love Zoe Kazan, and she won best actress at Tribeca for this, her first starring feature. It's realistic and meditative, which is another way of saying it doesn't really have much of a story. But there's a sweet little relationship here on one end and a crumbling one on the other that might make this a nice double bill with something such as Like Crazy.