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  • White Bird in a Blizzard 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Jan, 2015

    Minor Araki - he seems distanced from the narrative (maybe because it's based on a novel? But then so was Mysterious Skin, which is his masterpiece) and there's a fine line between telling the story of a girl refusing to engage with her mother's disappearance and just outright lazy storytelling.

    But minor Araki is still damn fine filmmaking. There's a beautiful sensitivity here - a quiet, subtle coming of age story that effortlessly resists the grandeur the genre sometimes slips…

  • Pee-wee's Big Adventure 1985

    ★★½ Watched 20 Jan, 2015

    Some cute moments and clever imagery, but way too grating and dull - there's nowhere near enough material here to cover 90 minutes and Herman's shtick gets old quick, so Burton just starts throwing stuff at the wall and hoping it sticks. And little of it sticks.

    Elizabeth Daily tho. Girl fine. Call me boo.

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  • 21 Jump Street 2012

    ★★★ Watched 16 Mar, 2012 17

    I liked this movie more when it was called HOT FUZZ. Hell, I liked this movie better when it was called THE OTHER GUYS. Actually, can I just talk about THE OTHER GUYS? That's such a great movie. No? I have to review 21 JUMP STREET? Fine.

    Roger Ebert once said that he loved reviewing great movies, and he loved reviewing awful movies, but he hated reviewing mediocre movies. I disagree. I love digging into mediocre films. I love exploring…

  • Drag Me to Hell 2009

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 07 Dec, 2012 4

    This movie is basically Sam Raimi grabbing bland, mainstream horror by the collar and proceeding to spend 100 minutes kicking the shit out of it.

    And it's fucking awesome.

    Incidentally, it also works as a terrific allegory for bulimia. Think about how much of the horror scenes revolve around the witch vomiting on Christine or shoving her hand down Christine's mouth or various other substances entering and exiting mouths. And think about how many random, out of nowhere mentions we…