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  • Eugene Mirman: Vegan on His Way to the Complain Store

    Eugene Mirman: Vegan on His Way to the Complain Store 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Jul, 2015

    None of Eugene Mirman's specials is an outright classic. They are too much a ramshackle and shaggy collection of goofs to be so. But I love this guy, and this is possibly his best hour to date. His conceptual prank based stuff is funny, but he gets by on personality and voice.

  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

    A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 16 Jul, 2015

    Badass.

    This slow and steady Iranian vampire flick is tripping on Jim Jarmusch's blood and would make a perfect double feature with Only Lovers Left Alive. One of the best looking films of 2015. Will admit there is not a whole lot of plot, but it's just so hypnotically watchable.

  • While We're Young

    While We're Young 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 04 Jul, 2015

    It's weird to watch a Noah Baumbach film and lament that the characters aren't detestable enough. Mind you, as time goes on you grow to hate Adam Driver quite a bit, but without that grating edge the whole way through it doesn't quite feel like the Noah I come to. Instead, even though it's not that complicated, I'd say the story carries things more than usual for him.

  • The Overnight

    The Overnight 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 04 Jul, 2015

    A solid but typical Duplass Bros production. Sexually awkward and more grin-funny than outright ha-ha funny. An easy rec for anything with this much Adam Scott and Jason Schwartzmann.

  • Step Up

    Step Up 2006

    ★★½ Watched 04 Jul, 2015

    Evidence Channing Tatum was always good. Truly strong chemistry, to the extent they've been together ever since, carries this thing.

  • Movie 43

    Movie 43 2013

    ½ Watched 03 Jul, 2015 2

    I survived.

  • Magic Mike XXL

    Magic Mike XXL 2015

    ★★★ Watched 03 Jul, 2015

    Hmm.

    So Magic Mike XXL is kind of a trainwreck. Written as pure comedy but shot and performed like a drama, which has often worked for Soderbergh in the past but here more often than not does not pull off the trick. It also goes out of its way to make much more out of its supporting cast, which initially results in a lot of drawn out and boring scenes, but in the long run pays off. There's perhaps more…

  • Jurassic Park

    Jurassic Park 1993

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 29 Jun, 2015

  • Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of

    Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 25 Jun, 2015

    On Netflix.

    This is the boy band version of Metallica: Some Kind of Monster. It's not as good as the aforementioned film, but it takes on the same tense quality as they struggle with each other in their reunion, culminating to one hell of a confrontation between Nick and Brian. Mixed within is personal historys and band history involving drugs and lawsuits. They tie in better than you'd expect both stylistically and in flow.

    I was not a boyband guy, but anyone who lived through this era and was familiar enough with their material might want to give this a shot.

  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park

    The Lost World: Jurassic Park 1997

    ★★★½ Rewatched 25 Jun, 2015

    A lot of the CGI, especially the stegasaurus rampage, has not aged well at all. What has aged quite well and is still as stupid and yet tense as it ever was is the cliff/trailer sequence. Poor Eddie.

  • Welcome to Me

    Welcome to Me 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Jun, 2015

    I apparently dig movies that involve mental illness, even ones that might piss off the mentally ill. By looser definitions I have one so I am giving this one my blessing. Welcome To Me manages to mine it for comedy as well as be a bit artsy, dramatic and/or disturbing. Wiig is pretty dedicated here, as she has been in a number of largely unseen indie pics over the last 2 years. Her ability to be funny as well as evoke a lot of sympathy makes me think she's the female Bill Murray.

  • Inside Out

    Inside Out 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 24 Jun, 2015

    Not to be confused with the equally emotionally wrought box office sensation that is the WWE Films' "Inside Out" starring Triple H.

    So this was mostly all that I love about Pixar, the mix of adventure, comedy and simple but effective ideas. It's not even the most effective of their films in any of these categories, and as cutesy as it is I'm not sure how it plays for kids, but for a grown ass man like myself Inside Out…