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  • Crimson Peak

    Crimson Peak 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 06 Feb, 2016

    I totally ate this up. I've always liked gothic ghost stories taking place in Northeast U.S. or England. There's something about the mood and tone of those movies (The Haunting immediately comes to mind) that presses all the right buttons for me.

    After my lukewarm feelings towards Pacific Rim (I was in a infinitesimal minority that wasn't completely won over by it), it was great to see director Del Toro hit one out of the park. This movie does virtually…

  • Tokyo Drifter

    Tokyo Drifter 1966

    ★★★★½ Watched 06 Feb, 2016

    I had never seen a Seijun Suzuku film before yesterday when I sat down to watch Tokyo Drifter. Sadly the library only had the Criterion DVD from the late 90s that wasn't properly anamorphic, so it was like looking through a tiny box.

    Despite the limitations of the actual DVD technicalities, I nevertheless came away completely bamboozled at what Suzuki was going for back in the day. This movie cares very little about the importance of the plot details. There…

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  • The Big Short

    The Big Short 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Dec, 2015

    What an odd circumstances under which to watch this.

    In my family we celebrate Christmas on the 24th more so than on the 25th. The extended family has a few places to be over the course of a few days so the gang finds a way to get together on the 24th and we have fun into the early morning until most part ways for other gatherings. There's a supper at my father's the 25th, and I'll be there later…

  • The Streetfighter

    The Streetfighter 1974

    ★★★½ Watched 10 Jan, 2016

    This is the most conflicting 3.5/5 I could possibly give.

    Is this a well written and well acted movie? Not in the slightest. In fact, the acting is complete garbage. Most of the time I wasn't sure why the anti-hero, Tsurugi, was going from place to place. It turns it was usually because he was either pissed off at someone or looking to piss off someone. I happened to stumble on the original Japanese version. Apparently the guy's name is…