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  • Captain Phillips 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 19 Oct, 2013

    A fantastic, white knuckle piece of docudrama filmmaking from Paul Greengrass. Tom Hanks has actually never been better, which, given his body of work, is kind of saying something. Barkhad Abdi, who plays Muse, the leader of the Somali pirates, is absolutely fantastic in what essentially boils down to a two-hander between him and Hanks (and especially amazing given the fact that it's his first film acting). There is just enough background given to both Captain Phillips and his crew…

  • Marc Maron: Thinky Pain 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 13 Oct, 2013

    It's a solid set from Marc Maron, but I have to say it's not as fiery as the live set I saw him do a few years ago at the Acme Comedy Co, and the editing is pretty off-putting here (draws attention to the fact that it is cutting out dead moments and letting laughs from previous jokes hang on the soundtrack when you can see that they have cut to later and the audience is not laughing). I enjoyed…

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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…