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  • The Diary of a Teenage Girl

    The Diary of a Teenage Girl 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 11 Sep, 2015 1

    Arguably my favorite film of the year, but maybe given the content one that I'd withhold recommending to some. Diary of a Teenage Girl (I keep wanting to call it Confessions) clearly recalls Ghost World in its bluntly sexually awkward take on coming-of-age, but it also visually recalls Soderbergh and more so Valee's C.R.A.Z.Y. in the way it uses music and in some of its many visually memorable scenes.

  • Mistress America

    Mistress America 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 11 Sep, 2015 1

    Yeah! I've been a fan of everything Baumbach has done to date, especially his collabs with Gerwig. This outing is the funniest since Squid and the Whale, with the least inherently hateable lead characters, at least for me. For a pretty straightforward presentation Mistress America often comes off as wonderfully ridiculous, a hybrid of his Woody Allen visual tendencies with a big helping of intentionally stagey Wes Anderson-y comedic timing and an even bigger helping of Whit Stillmanesque writing, which Gerwig has proven is more than capable of delivering.

  • Straight Outta Compton

    Straight Outta Compton 2015

    ★★★ Watched 07 Sep, 2015

    Some unforgettable moments, some typical biopic bullshit, some of it seeming like self-serving hagiography ticking off checkmarks. Not bad, but I'd really rather be rewatching CB4.

  • Accidental Love

    Accidental Love 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 04 Sep, 2015

    (aka Nailed!, and available on Netflix Canada)

    This is the long plagued and disowned David O'Russell movie that now has a pseudonym behind the director's chair. Apparently only Nathan Rabin and I like it. Co-written by Kristin Gore (Futurama), and it shows. This is a live action cartoon, a screwball comedy that exists somewhere between DOR's "I Heart Huckabees" zone an Adult Swim show, and Joseph Kahn's weird sensibility (ie Detention, Torque, that Power Rangers short film). And it's ADD…

  • The Love Guru

    The Love Guru 2008

    Rewatched 03 Sep, 2015

    I've seen this more than once! Why?

    The thing about this and Cat in the Hat, Mike Myers' two big epic fails, is that he mugs so constantly that the aggressively unfunny content accidentally takes on an anti-comedy quality that I find appealing, but can't give special credit for.

  • Kurt Metzger: White Precious

    Kurt Metzger: White Precious 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 02 Sep, 2015

    I don't even know what to say about this guy. I find him fascinating. Between his podcast, his standup and his twitter there is so much to laugh at, cringe and shake my head at. I'll think of pressing stop one minute and am nodding in agreement and remembering an insight later. A volatile guy from Philly who used to be a Jehovah's Witness minister, and then worked his way through black rooms and eventually into Amy Schumer's writers room.…

  • Song One

    Song One 2014

    ★★½ Watched 02 Sep, 2015

    On Netflix. Nothing offensive except that it doesn't really... try much... do do much... of anything. This was produced by Jonathan Demme and as such given Hathaway's involvement was hoping for something akin to Rachel Getting Married. And it actually looks and feels like RGM, but it's just not enough to carry so many bubbles of nothing in the storytelling department.

  • Shaun the Sheep Movie

    Shaun the Sheep Movie 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 02 Sep, 2015

    Like most Aardman projects an easy watch. Almost entirely free of dialogue (some signs to help along the story and garbled Charlie Brown teacher language), it's quite charming, except at this point the bar has been raised high enough in stop-motion that the piss poor background character designs are as off putting as bad CGI.

  • CB4

    CB4 1993

    ★★★½ Rewatched 01 Sep, 2015

    This > Straight Outta Compton

  • Demetri Martin: Live (At The Time)

    Demetri Martin: Live (At The Time) 2015

    ★★★ Watched 01 Sep, 2015

    i consistently file Demetri under "Good but who cares". I'd call him comedy's Coldplay except that I like Coldplay more than that. There's nothing bad at all in this hour even though I still cringe just a smidge when he pulls out the guitar, but not many highs either. I once saw Demetri at an art gallery in NYC having a terrible time and observing him from afar was more memorable than anything he's done that hasn't involved Will Forte or Lake Bell.

  • Colin Quinn: Unconstitutional

    Colin Quinn: Unconstitutional 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 31 Aug, 2015

    Colin Quinn is one of those "comedian's comedian"s, which basically means more people respect him than enjoy him. I can't say I had been much of a fan previously, even considering him the weakest SNL Weekend Update host. But this, this is good. A decidedly centrist if not conservative hour of standup, and yet whip smart, easily accessible across party lines, and decidedly unpreachy. I didn't see much of Tough Crowd but there's evidnece here that he could have been an alternative to Jon Stewart with a little tweaking.

  • They Came Together

    They Came Together 2014

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 26 Aug, 2015 1

    For Directors Club Podcast: David Wain. Coming soon.