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  • Blue Ruin 2013

    ★★★ Watched 20 Nov, 2014

    Having Buzz from Home Alone 1 & 2 in a pivotal role is easily the movie's greatest feat. Otherwise it's a fairly standard violence-begets-violence revenge drama which occasionally threatens to have a little fun before quickly veering off on another dour tangent. I thought Cold in July was a far more adventurous and unpredictable take on the revenge thriller.

  • Dumb and Dumber To 2014

    ★★★ Watched 18 Nov, 2014

    Ineptly made in nearly every way and featuring an overworked script which, at times, feels decidedly un-Farrelly (Sean Anders & John Morris who wrote We're The Millers and Hot Tub Time Machine are also credited and their fingerprints are felt all too often on some of the jokes), Dumb and Dumber To still manages to skirt by on good will and a handful of genuinely great gags which feel like classic Farrelly Brothers. The ratio of jokes which work to those that don't is probably close to 30-70, but the 30% that do are the kind of from-the-gut laughs you don't usually get from modern comedies.

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  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close 2011

    Watched 15 Nov, 2012 4

    INT. UNMARKED CAR -- NIGHT

    DETECTIVE JOHNNY LOUD [Tom Hanks] slides into the passenger seat of the unmarked car holding a tray of coffee. Retired ex-cop and temporary partner RICK CLOSE [Max Von Sydow] reaches over from the driver's seat to grab his cup of joe.

    RICK
    This better not have cream in it, knucklehead.

    Johnny rolls his eyes and then looks directly into the camera as if to say "do you folks believe this old coot?" to the audience.…

  • Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 30 Jan, 2013

    Bloody, cathartic and hugely entertaining. The editing seems a little off -- Sally Menke is sadly missed -- but it's easy to look past a bit of glut when you're watching Tarantino so effortlessly conquer yet another genre.

    Took off half a star for his Australian accent but put it back upon his appropriate exit from the film.