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  • Tim's Vermeer 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 07 Oct, 2014

    "I've never used one of these before." - Tim Jenison using a chemicals mixer for the first time and finding a cure for all diseases.

    The best documentary made about unconventional artistic process since that episode of How's It Made I saw where they showed how q-tips were beautifully crafted.

  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For 2014

    ★★½ Watched 28 Aug, 2014

    Dull but inoffensively so. Worth watching just to see Stacey Keach show up for a single scene wearing makeup which makes him look like one of those troll brothers from Nothing But Trouble.

  • Lethal Weapon 2 1989

    ★★★★ Rewatched 26 Aug, 2014

    When our civilization is on the brink of destruction and we begin packing a time capsule full of art to leave for future generations, I hope and pray that a clip of the cop jumping onto the exploding diving board from this movie is included within it. It's our crowning achievement.

  • The Expendables 3 2014

    ★★★ Watched 21 Aug, 2014

    Banderas and Snipes steal the show. Harrson Ford mumbles "Drummer's in the house!" as a horrible CGI helicopter swoops down onto the screen. It all ends with a bizarre karaoke rendition of Neil Young's "Old Man".

    Highly recommended.

  • Texas Killing Fields 2011

    ★½ Watched 17 Aug, 2014

    A True Detective-esque mystery about two detectives in the south investigating a series of murders produced by Michael Mann and directed by his daughter Ami. What could go wrong?

    Pretty much everything apparently. Despite a great setting and a couple of competent action scenes, Texas Killing Fields is an incomprehensible crime thriller which does nothing new in a genre that the Mann name is synonymous with.

    It's unclear how the movie was allowed to get so muddled. Characters integral to…

  • Lucy 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Jul, 2014

    Imagine if The Transporter became unstuck in time and then traveled back to the dawn of man as depicted in 2001 and dropkicked the monolith onto someone. That, in a nutshell, is Lucy. It offers all of the pleasures of Luc Besson's b-movie action schlock but then adds in a dash of absurd arthouse experimentation which takes it to a whole other level of strange.

  • The Look of Love 2013

    ★★½ Watched 21 Jul, 2014

    It's hard to believe Michael Winterbottom and Steve Coogan could make a movie this dull and conventional.

  • Riddick 2013

    ★★ Watched 05 Jul, 2014

    Having written Warlock and The Fugitive and directed stuff like Pitch Black and A Perfect Getaway, David Twohy has proven himself to be a consistently solid genre filmmaker. That consistency makes Riddick all the more disappointing as there's very little reason he should be making a movie this dull.

    It starts off well with an opening 30-minute sequence which strands Riddick on an unknown planet and plays out like a sci-fi Jeremiah Johnson but the movie quickly abandons its survivalist…

  • They Came Together 2014

    ★★★½ Rewatched 05 Jul, 2014


  • 3 Days to Kill 2014

    ★★½ Watched 01 Jul, 2014

    As a big fan of the forty or so disposable action movies Luc Besson writes and produces a year, I've been very much anticipating watching 3 Days to Kill the way it was meant to be seen: on a small screen in the middle of the afternoon when you have nothing better to do.

    3 Days to Kill definitely feels like a goofy Besson-written action movie -- the movie grinds to a halt for a long montage of Kevin Costner…

  • Oldboy 2013

    ★★½ Watched 26 Jun, 2014

    Josh Brolin says Spike Lee's original 3-hour cut of this was much better. I believe him. This movie was never going to make money for the studio anyway so why even bother messing with it so much? The one-take action scene has been cut down to the point that it now has a jarring edit in the middle of it. It makes little sense.

    To be fair though, no version of this movie could ever be that great. There's no editor in the world who could shape Sharlto Copely's performance into something reasonable.

  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009

    ½ Watched 22 Jun, 2014

    Much like my experience with the first movie, I dozed off halfway through. Unlike the first movie, when I woke up, I witnessed Shia LaBeouf briefly dying and going to Robot Heaven and chatting with two God Robots. I feel like even if I had been awake I wouldn't have understood what the hell was going on.