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  • Song of the Sea

    Song of the Sea 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 12 May, 2015

    Would have just edged into my top ten of 2014. Tomm Moore is pretty openly vying to be the Miyazaki of Ireland (not that there are any competitors), and thus far has been wildly successful at his quest. Absolutely gorgeous and fantastical interweaving of myths with a tender sibling story that at the same time kind of works as a Mother's Day movie, even though the mother isn't even present. Highly recommended.

  • The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

    The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension 1984

    ★★★½ Watched 11 May, 2015

    This didn't take for me the first time I gave it a shot in the early 00's, but I at least to some degree am on board now. Lithgow is what makes the whole movie for me, with Weller's titular protagonist not really all that interesting. There's enough charm in the production and score to merit another rematch down the road.

  • Never Let Me Go

    Never Let Me Go 2010

    ★★★★ Rewatched 11 May, 2015

    rewatched for The Matinee podcast.

  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    A.I. Artificial Intelligence 2001

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 11 May, 2015

    rewatched for The Matinee podcast.

  • G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero

    G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero 1987

    ★★★½ Watched 03 May, 2015

    As a child of the 80s I should have seen this before.

    Best Joes: Sgt. Slaughter, Roadblock

    Best sexual double entendre Joe name: Beach Head

    Best not-sure-if-intentional-but-probably-is-racism: the Islamic ululating of Cobralalalalalala

    Best not-sure-if-intentional-but-probably-not-sexual-innuendo: Serpentor grabbing his snake and having it go rock hard before using it to penetrate another man.

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015

    ★★ Watched 03 May, 2015 1

    I've had a lot of varying opinions on Joss Whedon's output over the years, but this is probably the first time 'apathy' was one of them. Avengers 2 is just there, which after everything the previous accomplished might actually be worse than being outright horrible. Nothing stands out as endearing or memorable in a good or bad way. It's endlessly quippy but rarely funny. In fact, the barrage of bad humor is borderline obnoxious and a bad fit with the…

  • Noises Off...

    Noises Off... 1992

    ★★★★ Rewatched 03 May, 2015

    For some reasons I watched this dozens of times on VHS back in the day, likely taped off TV. It's the kind of play-on-film farce that is honestly, annoying on first watch, but grows with every rewatch. I smile through most of this thing, and provides my lasting memories of Burnett, Ritter and Reeve (okay, maybe not Caine) more than a lot of their more well known roles.

  • An Honest Liar

    An Honest Liar 2014

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 02 May, 2015

    I feel like the BBC version might have been cut just a smidge. Can anyone confirm?

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 2008

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 01 May, 2015

    Haters gonna hate

  • Jack Reacher

    Jack Reacher 2012

    ★★ Watched 01 May, 2015

    For a while had me convinced it may turn out to be decent, but ultimately is so middling tv-drama, and worse, goes so far out of its way to constantly try and convince you of Jack's coolness, that it's just obnoxious. Maybe if Jack was cast by someone who can play it a bit autistic-genius it would come off better. I don't know the source material at all, and am not (as an actor at least) anti-Cruise whatsoever, but a lot of the lameness of this film is centered around the non-investment in him.

  • Clouds of Sils Maria

    Clouds of Sils Maria 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 01 May, 2015

    Birdwoman, or (The Unwanted Inevitability of Obsolescence)

    Presented in two parts (with an epilogue that is really more of a short Part Three), this exploration of the line between your personal identity and of a character you're playing has, yes, been done, and recently, but the presentation is it's own beast, occasionally slow, at times weird and satirical, but always engrossing. Juliette Binoche is as always, the shit, and Kristen Stewart.. smiles a few times! What?

    The title isn't exactly…

  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 01 May, 2015

    Don't know if it will stay put, but as I was watching this is my favorite movie of 2015 thus far, enough that I'd actively try to divert people from some of the bigger draws to go see it. Seductive from start to finish with plenty of ideas and a dose of humor... and a few potential plot holes - warning if that drives you crazy.

    Ex Machina is a Danny Boyle film the way that Synechdoche New York is…