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  • You Can Count on Me 2000

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 09 Feb, 2015

    Laura Linney was my age when this was released. Belated crush on a woman who never ends up happy in any movie ever.

  • Tarzan 1999

    ★★★½ Watched 06 Feb, 2015

    Still filling in some of my late 90s Disney holes. Tarzan is pretty impressive visually, but what stands out through some of the lesser Disney efforts in this period is that the secondary characters and stories that add a lot of color and personality to otherwise somewhat generic heroes and princesses' stories are somewhat half-assed. The period of letting aging songwriters like Sting and Elton John continues with blandly unoffensive Phil Collins tunes.

    Somewhat visually memorable but only so engaging.

  • Lucy 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 05 Feb, 2015

    Hmm...

    This is a dumb movie about having more brain power than anyone ever. It's surreal and badly written enough (storywise, not so much dialogue-wise) that it often comes off as random. So in other words, it plays like a live action anime.

    And I liked it anyways. Going in knowing this was supposedly stupid/bonkers, I was willing to overlook a lot of dumb if it was entertaining, and this was certainly the most entertaining Besson film I've seen in…

  • St. Trinian's 2007

    ½ Watched 04 Feb, 2015

    2015's first "Why did I choose to watch this?"

  • Predestination 2014

    Watched 04 Feb, 2015 1

    I'd have to believe most people have seen enough time travel movies to figure out the twist pretty early. Quite a slog with only Sarah Snook's performance to carry you through.

  • The Majestic 2001

    ★★★★ Watched 03 Feb, 2015

    I'll hesitate to say I was too young, but maybe too cynical, for a movie like this at the time it was released. I'm pretty open to a sentimental film if its well made, and Darabont's patient style has in time proven itself to be well suited for a home watch, and if anything has been adopted by other filmmakers. Yes, The Majestic is blatantly throwback sentimental, but its earnest, and I'd dare say this is Carrey's best dramatic work.

  • Coffee Town 2013

    ★½ Watched 02 Feb, 2015

    A film put out by CollegeHumor, and it shows it. Very intently going for an Office Space/Clerks feel, but it's so based in bro comedy while trying to mock it at the same time that it doens't really work. The leads are just generally unlikeable and not in the It's Always Sunny way that Glenn Howerton excels at.

  • The Imitation Game 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 31 Jan, 2015 2

    Is it calculated oscar bait? Oh hell yeah. But it's the Headhunters director here, so you can trust he keeps it interesting and brisk, and the story and performances are rock solid. A lot of ballyhoo about factual errors and shying away from Turing's personal life (and death). I don't know about the former. The latter... eh. The movie isn't shy thematically, but it doesn't go any deeper than emotional longing in its depiction. Not sure if that is all besides the point of the story or fear of how multiplex audiences might respond.

  • 21 Years: Richard Linklater 2014

    ★★★ Watched 30 Jan, 2015

    If you're a Richard Linklater fan and you find this on Netflix, totally worth your time. Just bear in mind this is basically an 80 minute puff piece EPK of all his collaborators singing his praises rather than a solid documentary worthy of theatrical release. You'll notice the RT score is pretty bad, which is more a reflection of this rather than whether or not it's enjoyable. Tough to rate with this in mind, but I liked it for what it was, so... a pass.

  • The Theory of Everything 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 30 Jan, 2015

    I still have Imitation Game to get to, but thus far this is clearly the most well directed of the biopics in the Oscar hunt, with Marsh and co. elevating the material to the extent you forget that it is doing the same by-the-numbers biopic checklist. Eddie has a real shot at that statue, with lots of wow moments without being showy and Oscar baity. Felicity is more of an inherently magnetic screen presence rather than a superb performance.

    There…

  • A Most Violent Year 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 29 Jan, 2015

    The Most Longest 2 Hours

  • The Babadook 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 29 Jan, 2015

    Without question the best horror movie I've seen from this decade. Artful, well acted (well, the kid has his iffy moments), instantly iconic, and genuinely creepy.