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  • The Counselor 2013

    ★★½ Rewatched 16 Jul, 2014 2

    Well at least this time I remembered it after it was over.

    This is a movie I *want* to get and join the small but loud cult of, but I just can't. The first hour of the film in particular is a slog, largely thanks to the bland nameless protagonist (if it were up to me I'd have Pitt and Fassbender switch roles) and poor handling of the plot elements in favor of the overblown dialogue. It's a movie I…

  • After Tiller 2013

    ★★½ Watched 16 Jul, 2014

    You don't usually expect documentaries about hot button subjects to be so boring, but here you go.

  • The Campaign 2012

    ★★½ Rewatched 16 Jul, 2014

    It's not horrible, but for most of the movie it plays more like alternate cuts and deleted scenes sewn together than what was probably intended.

  • Empire Records 1995

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 14 Jul, 2014 1

    (Fan Remix Edition, with still no spotting of Tobey Maguire as the mysterious "Andre")

    I know I must have seen this near 50 times. One of those movies my sister had on VHS I watched along with her endlesslly until it become my own and I lost all sense of objectivity and if its actually any good. It's all too familiar at this point, but still after near 20 (!) years so very quotable, relatable. A time warp. It dawned…

  • Oldboy 2013

    ★★ Watched 13 Jul, 2014

    If the original didn't exist, this might.. *might* have been a cult film for lack of options. However, even though it was not as bad as I expected, by the time it has reached the copy of the originals famed hallway fight sequence, this has exhausted its welcome, feeling not only unnecessary but oddly... safe. Yet there's something more grotesque about a movie with this kind of plot and this kind of extreme violence that presents those extremes in such…

  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes 2011

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 13 Jul, 2014

    Holds up so well on rewatch. Cesar remains perhaps the most sympathetic and engaging CGI character I've seen, and any other claimants to that throne would also be thanks to Serkis (Gollum and King Kong would be up there). Even the action sequences play just as well on the smaller screen. I was already looking forward to Dawn, but having agreed to wait on it a few days to see with friends, this rewatch has me pacing in anticipation to see more monkey magic.

  • 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.