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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★★★ Added

    I'm a massive Wes Anderson fan, apart from The Darjeeling Limited, which I think is a very problematic and underwritten movie, so I'm inclined to at least like anything he does. Grand Budapest, though, is the kind of film that I think could appeal even to folks who think they don't like him. It contains absolutely all of his ticks and bugbears (disparate characters assembling a surrogate family, a large ensemble cast, sets which are stylized to within an inch…

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014

    ★★★½ Added

    As close as we're going to get to a Black Widow film for the time being, this is one of the most serious entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and tries for a kind of political commentary/satire that you simply wouldn't get from a Thor or Iron Man movie. Nice to see Robert Redford in a paranoid 70s-style political thriller again.

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  • Tiny Furniture 2010

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Feb, 2012 6

    I think I'm supposed to hate movies like this, the drifty after college middle class angst movies, but I just don't. I've never seen Garden State, about which I am reasonably proud, but I do love The Graduate, I really liked Greenberg (the ultimate graduate), and I loved Tiny Furniture. I'm sure, if viewed from a certain angle, this could seem like an indie-gazing navel fest, but something in Lena Dunham's delivery of the scenario, her character, the mopey realism, really charmed me. I simply enjoyed this movie and I want to see her make more of them.

  • Irreversible 2002

    ★★★★★ Watched 09 Aug, 2009 1

    This movie is deeply unpleasant and unsettling. It's actually a dreadful, awful experience being in its company throughout its running time. It is also one of the best films I have ever seen. Unlike Memento, to which it could clearly be compared in terms of structure, there is an actual point to the storytelling trickery, that of peeling back the layers from revenge to crime to peace. It's a fascinating way to get to know a set of characters, and…