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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★ Watched 18 Mar, 2014 6

    These 3 stars are probably a lie... as I think i am in denial.

    For years I watched the people who shat on Wes Anderon's style and did not understand how they could be so wrong-headed, and here I am, by my giant Wes Anderson book, near by Anderson Criterions (each bought after owning other versions on DVD and VHS and even blu-ray)... so very disappointed.

    For the first time ever I was overwhelmed by Wes Anderon's style to the…

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★½ Rewatched 29 Mar, 2014 3

    Didn't expect to rewatch this so soon given my initial disappointment. Perhaps it was still too soon with recent arguments and discussions still lingering, but at any rate as expected I liked some things more this time, while other flaws just seemed all the more clear.

    I made a number of nitpicks last time but at the very core I just don't find this outing as funny as a lot of people do, and I especially don't find the Zero/Gustave…

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★★ Rewatched 11 Jan, 2015

    Inching up a bit on each rewatch.

  • Her

    Her 2013

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 17 Jan, 2014 1

    The first watch had my brain overclocking as I examined issues of personhood, relationships with technology and how it effects or "real" relationships, and base level social satire, design, sci fi and craft.

    This second viewing was more or less letting it wash over me emotionally, and it does the job. While kind and uplifting in a way, this is mostly a sad film that like the best relationship dramas hits a number of buttons. In particular his flashbacks as…

  • Her

    Her 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 13 Dec, 2013 2

    ....And that's how Skynet was created.

    This will quite likely turn out to be my #1 of 2013 as I still cannot stop glowing and thinking about it. Jonze has created a piece of genre mashup of romance, comedy and sci-fi that kept my mind buzzing with it's many themes and ideas even as I was laughing and fully invested in these characters. Her manages to work as a social satire about our relationship with technology while also using it…

  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 29 Jan, 2013

    Did not feel nearly as long on rewatch.

    I object to Letterboxd's hero image of Calvin Candie though. Needs to be the shot of Django's face after he has blown up Candieland.

  • Django Unchained

    Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 20 Dec, 2012

    I feel inclined to give this one 5 stars because I feel like I got more entertainment out of this film than most movies, 5 stars worth of entertainment.

    I also feel it's a bit wrong though, because there are a number of things I would like to have seen done differently. I would have recast a few roles. I think Sally Menke's absence is noted. \

    But what can I say. Tarantino packs this thing full of colorful characters,…

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 09 Oct, 2014 1

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  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    ★★★ Watched 02 Aug, 2014

    I am surprised and a bit disheartened to find myself having seen my most anticipated film of the summer and then have so very little excitement to muster up about it. Guardians has a strong cast of colorful characters, but ultimately not what I have so desperately longed for from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Despite some tender moments in this films bookends, once again Marvel has put out something with very little to latch on to, putting zingers ahead of…

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 09 Aug, 2014 3

    Unexpectedly, a rewatch only a week after not being thoroughly impressed with a first watch yields much greater results. Which you can only chalk up to some combo of a better mood and possibly a better environment/screening. My first watch was in 2D and I can say having now seen it in 3D it's the inferior way to watch. My 2D screening was comparably much dimmer, leaving many scenes feeling lifeless and flat, especially as it got towards the action…

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 25 Dec, 2013 3

    Damn it Marty, you got outshined by someone aping you this year. And it's because you pulled an Apatow and were too in love with each of your scenes to cut them to a proper length.

    Wolf of Wall Street whizzes by for a good while with the kind of excess that would Leo's Gatsby blush, hilarious and vulgar in the most merry of ways. There comes a point though where the lack of humanity or narrative thrust becomes increasingly…

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar 2014

    ★★½ Watched 11 Nov, 2014

    A "when are they gonna get to the fireworks factory" movie if there ever was one, rather tedious and unentertaining for long stretches, relying on an emotional bond to carry the film that is just out of reach. An imperfect dock, if you will.

    There are a number of great scenes in the film, but no great performances, not much to want to revisit, and ultimately a lot less to chew on than I would have expected. The final act's…