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  • RoboCop 2014

    Watched 17 Feb, 2015

    It's a sin use the RoboCop theme in a movie so dull and toothless.

  • Wild Card 2015

    ★★★ Watched 31 Jan, 2015

    Every 30 years the Heat script should be dug out of a drawer so a new cool actor can be offered the chance to give William Goldman's amazing "...and I lie a lot too" speech.

  • A Walk Among the Tombstones 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 25 Jan, 2015

    "What gave me away?"
    "Everything. You're a weirdo."

  • Blackhat 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Jan, 2015

    Michael Mann remakes Goldfinger as a brutal, paranoid thriller in which green text on a screen is as deadly as a sharpened screwdriver.

  • Frank 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 10 Jan, 2015

    The 2 minutes we hear of the Soronprfbs' album genuinely sounds better than most real albums in their entirety.

  • A Million Ways to Die in the West 2014

    ½ Watched 07 Jan, 2015

    Let me now begin my 400,000-word dissertation on why Dumb & Dumber To rules and A Million Ways to Die in the West drools.

    16th century philosopher Desiderius Erasmus once said of poop jokes that...

  • Dumb and Dumber To 2014

    ★★★½ Rewatched 03 Jan, 2015

    I enjoy this movie a great deal.

  • Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay 2012

    ★★ Watched 26 Dec, 2014

    Dull documentary which just makes you wish you were watching one of the David Mamet-directed magic specials they keep cutting to every few minutes.

    I also want to take this opportunity to scold the Bond producers for casting Ricky as a henchman in Tomorrow Never Dies and not having him throw a single playing card at James Bond. What a missed opportunity.

  • Once Upon a Time in America 1984

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 25 Dec, 2014

    *251-minute extended cut*

    It's nice to have additional footage and it doesn't make the movie any less of a masterpiece but none of the new material is essential and occasionally -- especially in an exposition-heavy Treat Williams/James Wood scene at the end -- reveals too much of the film's ethereal mysteries. The 229-minute cut remains the definitive version.

  • The Immigrant 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 27 Nov, 2014

    Whatever James Gray did or didn't do to have The Immigrant buried in a Summer release with almost no chance of any real award recognition was worth it if it resulted in a movie this good.

  • 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.