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  • 102 Minutes That Changed America 2008

    ★★★★★ Watched 19 May, 2012

    This was an insanely moving and compelling collection of 11/9 footage (I'm Australian) shot by civilians on the day. It plays out with minimal filmmaker influence beyond the choice of playing a certain video after another and the infrequent title card explaining what time is was and where in New York the footage was captured. In this sense it reminded me of For All Mankind.
    A stark portrayal of what happened, captured by the people who were there.

  • 21 Jump Street 2012

    ★★★ Watched 21 Mar, 2012 2

    Some things I learned while watching 21 Jump Street:

    - Jonah Hill looks exactly like Adam Sandler.
    - The guy who plays Eric looks exactly like Tom Cruise.
    - Channing Tatum looks a hundred billion years old.


    Not nearly as good as Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
    A light 3/5. Very light.

  • 3 Women 1977

    ★★★★ Watched 29 Aug, 2012 6

    I didn't end up going to a local repertory screening of Nashville which would have been my first Altman film, due to homework related woes, and felt so bad that I just had to watch an Altman film once I was done. Perhaps 3 Women wasn't the best place to start but I liked it quite a bit even if it struggled to warrant its 2+ hour running time. Definitely not the Joss Whedon/Aaron Sorkin overwritten ensemble fast talking clap-trap I had been led to believe Altman dabbled in.

    Another film that I think will grow in repeat viewings.

  • 4:44 Last Day on Earth 2011

    ★★½ Watched 06 Apr, 2012

    I have a thing for the end of the world. Call it morbid curiosity, fascination death's incommutability or whatever else.
    Whatever it may be I really respond to the palpable sense of impending doom and hopelessness that these 'end of the world' films provide. I like the dichotomy between the liberation Armageddon would provide (all your inhibitions fall away, there's the drive to achieve things you always wanted) and utter despair and hopelessness.

    In a sense these films present the…

  • 45365 2010

    ★★★★★ Watched 20 Nov, 2012 6

    Errol Morris, make way for the Ross brothers.

    Part COPS, part Friday Night Lights, part Vernon Florida, wholly unique and utterly compelling.

  • A Boy and His Dog 1975

    ★★★ Watched 29 Jun, 2012 8

    Fairly half-baked and underdone post-apocalyptic film with an amazing premise it unfortunately fails to live up to. It got me curious to check out the novella on which it is based, though.

    This falls into the trap many '70s low-budget exploitation films fall into, being most of the money is spent on sets and certain set-pieces that are interspersed with scenes that border on interminable boredom. This is not as bad as many others, but it still flirts with this type of film a little too much.

  • A Dangerous Method 2011

    ★★★ Watched 27 Mar, 2012 3

    This was a tough one for me. I have a feeling I may have watched this through rose-tinted glasses, as David Cronenberg was one of my early director crushes in high-school and remains one of my top 5 directors. I have loved much of what he has done, and liked the rest. So, let me take a moment to try and remove myself from this context and try to assess A Dangerous Method objectively.

    This is Cronenberg's weakest film. Quite…

  • Adventureland 2009

    ★★★½ Watched 08 Sep, 2012 3

    Surprisingly heart-felt look at the transition into adulthood. Everything feels like it's the last time you'll ever do whatever thing it is; love, party, explore, be lazy etc. Adulthood looms large with its responsibilities and repetition that you want to savour the good things while they last. And to do that you need money, and for that you need a summer job. The job will be the bane of your existence and it will be a necessary evil that simultaneously…

  • After Hours 1985

    ★★★★★ Watched 08 Feb, 2012

    I love films with scripts that play out in close to real time and that features a mundane situation that keeps escalating, and with a talented director like Scorsese this film is lifted to great heights. Absolutely loved it and definitely one of Scorsese's best.

  • Aguirre: The Wrath of God 1972

    ★★★★★ Added

    It feels like writing anything about this, discussing its themes, film-making techniques, cinematography, even to discuss how it was made would be missing the point. This is purely cinematic and as such should be experienced.
    The film speaks for itself, it doesn't need me to add anything else.

  • Airborne 1993

    ★★½ Watched 03 May, 2012

    Totally tacky, totally cheesy, totally dated but oddly fun none-the-less.

    The main problem is that rollerblading is an inherently wussy looking sport. When you compare it to a skateboard it looks like there is much less skill involved seeing as the wheels are attached to your feet.

    As is made obvious in the extended race at the end, any sport in which you have to squat down and mime taking a shit in order to gain speed and become more aerodynamic is a futile sport to try and make look cool.

  • All the Real Girls 2003

    ★★½ Watched 22 Sep, 2012 12

    Oh boy, I really wanted to love this film. It had just about all the right stuff for me to declare my undying love and devotion for it.

    But Zooey Deschanel… she just killed it. And I know it's fashionable to make fun of her or whatever, but she is genuinely a bad actor. She always seems self aware and conscious that she is acting, when anyone talks to her you don't see her as her character taking in the…