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  • The Intern

    The Intern 2015

    ★★★ Watched 02 Feb, 2016

    Literally just movie junk food, but goddammit does its cuteness elevate it from just generic to pretty damn endearing.

  • Speed Racer

    Speed Racer 2008

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 30 Jan, 2016

    "So did you like Speed Racer?"

    "I guess yeah"

    "Well I like it a lot"

    "I could tell"

    "I mean, what do you call those screen transitions? And the COLOR! And how, instead of showing the race as a traditional left to right, they're creative and show it, like, as-"

    "Nick, I know, you don't need to get into it."

  • Brooklyn

    Brooklyn 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 22 Jan, 2016

    Home is where the heart is.

  • Grudge Match

    Grudge Match 2013

    ★½ Watched 18 Jan, 2016

    It isn't that much fun to watch Sylvester Stallone collect a paycheck, but Robert DeNiro at least looks like he's having fun when he's collecting a paycheck.

  • Nine 1/2 Weeks

    Nine 1/2 Weeks 1986

    ★★★ Watched 16 Jan, 2016

    With sexy romantic fiction like Nine 1/2 Weeks, there is always supposed to be the hint of danger. A high risk/reward scenario that adds to the adrenaline and the eroticism of the encounters. Nine 1/2 Weeks secret weapon is the casting of Mickey Rourke. Rourke does all the same vaguely creepy grand romantic gestures, but doesn't try to hide their oddness. There is a sort of subversive element always boiling under Mickey Rourke's surface that totally lends itself to the…

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015

    ★★★★ Rewatched 14 Jan, 2016

    "You're afraid that you will never be as strong as Darth Vader"

    It's hard to live up to a legacy. The original trilogy casts an enormous shadow on the production, story, and characters of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. When I first saw this installment, I was a little turned off by how much it leaned on the original films, but upon reflection and rewatching, it was far more interesting than subtle riffing. Not only is J.J. Abrams and the…

  • Sleeping with Other People

    Sleeping with Other People 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 14 Jan, 2016

    Trainwreck may have cornered the real estate on vulgar homage to the romantic comedy genre, Sleeping with Other People only pays homage to one. Even before the film was released, everyone knew Sleeping with Other People was a When Harry Met Sally for the 21st Century, but when Sleeping with Other People does its mimicry of When Harry Met Sally, it's far more explosive and crass; two things that one could probably say there's too much of in film today.…

  • Phantasm

    Phantasm 1979

    ★★★ Rewatched 06 Jan, 2016

    Terror lies in the unknown and the unfamiliar. What lurks in the darkness of your room and the corners of your mind when you close your eyes. Phantasm isn't concerned with what really happens. The bizarre atmosphere of a dream or a dimension just a few inches to the left of ours is achieved in Phantasm through unusual editing, acting, and direction choices. The setting is familiar and the plot resembles a horror movie, but the film's desire to be unfamiliar and unrecognizible pushes it beyond my understanding, deliberately so. Phantasm is a vague shape of what you remember from a nightmare.

  • Carol

    Carol 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 26 Dec, 2015

    Carol always feels like it has a murky filter over it; like an extra layer separating the viewer from the screen. Todd Haynes even places actors behind walls, faces them away from the camera, or otherwise obfuscates them via physical or lighting means as if to hide his leading ladies's visible emotions and force them to communicate their true and secret feelings (later secret love) through discreet and subtle gestures. This can be cruel in scenes of sadness and distress;…

  • He Never Died

    He Never Died 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Dec, 2015

    Pulpy horror-noir starring Henry Rollins as Wolverine

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 18 Dec, 2015

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens does what Terminator: Genesys did, but better. It's a totally successful remix of Star Wars: A New Hope because of the amalgamation of previous archetypes to create exciting new characters. Despite the rich and textured world J.J. Abrams inherited and cultivated, Star Wars: The Force Awakens's owes its success to the new generation of actors and characters. While it would be blasphemous to disregard Han, Leia, Chewy, and Luke, it's not hard to see that…

  • Krampus

    Krampus 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 10 Dec, 2015

    Krampus is as much a comedy as it is a horror film, but Michael Dougherty makes sure that Krampus sticks to where it's real roots lie: the fairtale. Never does it let sentimentality get in the way of classic Grimm-esque folklore macabre and fatalistic punishment. Lessons are learned and apologies are made, but death is still inevitable. Even so, Krampus avoids being dour by having many moments of Gremlins shaded comedy that are just as effective as its more grotesque moments.

    "See you in hell!"