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  • Brooklyn

    Brooklyn 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 16 Nov, 2015 1

    Early candidate for Biggest Awards Season Backlash 2015

  • Brooklyn

    Brooklyn 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 16 Nov, 2015

    Early candidate for Biggest Awards Season Backlash 2015

  • The Peanuts Movie

    The Peanuts Movie 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 11 Nov, 2015

    I had hoped so, but did not expect Blue Sky was capable of such a labor of love. Every minute of the Peanuts Movie oozes a true understanding and appreciation for all of these characters and doing justice to the subtle sophistication of this old, depressing series of cartoons. Absolutely beautiful in its updated design, and the only complaint I would make is that it very blatantly breaks canon regarding some things that don't really matter, but that I liked the way it was.

  • Manson Family Vacation

    Manson Family Vacation 2015

    ★★★ Watched 09 Nov, 2015

    I really loved this for the first good while, as Charles Manson - as you see in the poster, serves to symbolically divide the drift apart between two brothers.

    And then they screw it up. To say how would be a spoiler, but they didn't need to go there. In some ways a hidden Netflix gem in that this is interesting enough to have deserved a wider release more than a lot of things do, but still ultimately disappointing.

  • Call Me Lucky

    Call Me Lucky 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 06 Nov, 2015

    Bobcat Goldthwait's best film is this documentary on comedian Barry Crimmins, a Lenny Bruce/Bill Hicks/Jello Biafra-ish type when it comes to abravise stage presence and subversive opinion. For a good while it's a solid but typical "unsung hero" documentary outlining Barry's greatest accomplishments and influence, but eventually it turns into focusing on child abuse and how it affected his life. The fact that Barry is still alive helps tremendously. I had somehow assumed he was dead before watching, and he's…

  • Paul F. Tompkins: Crying and Driving

    Paul F. Tompkins: Crying and Driving 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 05 Nov, 2015 1

    Tompkins' latest special is another fine piece of racounteur delights, and has him firmly at the top of my list of favorite comedians I am yet to see live.

  • Peggy Sue Got Married

    Peggy Sue Got Married 1986

    ★★★ Watched 05 Nov, 2015

    Watching Helium Cage is kind of like watching the Flintstones episodes with the wrong-sounding Barney

  • The Weather Man

    The Weather Man 2005

    ★★★½ Watched 04 Nov, 2015

    Been reading "Nicolas Cage: National Treasure" by Lindsay Gibb, a quick and fun read. So more Cage stuff incoming soon.

  • Merchants of Doubt

    Merchants of Doubt 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 03 Nov, 2015

    It's good, but anyone who needs to see this won't, or wouldn't really care even if they did.

  • The End of the Tour

    The End of the Tour 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 03 Nov, 2015

    I haven't read Infinite Jest. I will now. Unlike bigger broader biopics, quietly zeroing in on this one time period and various discussions do more to convince that this is an important work than a typical presentatinion insisting as much could. Segel has a future in Oscar bait. His sensitive everyman persona with that hint of a hidden darker edge could make him another Tom Hanks, or at least a Paul Giamatti.

  • Greedy

    Greedy 1994

    ★★★★ Rewatched 02 Nov, 2015

    For me one of the better Michael J. Fox films. Underseen and/or forgotten.

  • Storytelling

    Storytelling 2001

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 02 Nov, 2015

    Maybe a bit concerned that I'm especially connecting with Todd Solondz' work lately.

    Also, as much as I like this, the "Fiction" short always felt like it was made after the fact, like the "non-fiction" story that takes up the majority of the runtime wasn't good enough to stand on its own.