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  • Polytechnique

    Polytechnique 2009

    ★★★ Rewatched 01 Jul, 2016

    A procedural film that falls apart in the third act. Given the fallout after this actual event, I think that either the aftermath should have been more of a focus, with the characters being developed more, or the events after should have been completely left out of the movie. The way that the film is now, the third act just feels obligatory, rather than truly necessary to the film.

  • Midnight Special

    Midnight Special 2016

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 30 Jun, 2016

    There is a brief moment in this film that I am infatuated with, mainly because it sums up why Midnight Special is so special to me. Michael Shannon and cohorts are speeding on the shoulder past a line-up of traffic jammed cars, when they get to a military road block. There are a group of soldiers standing around, and one steps up to the car and just kind of casually goes "back on the road guys", as if he can…

  • Dr. No

    Dr. No 1962

    ★★★★ Rewatched 29 Jun, 2016 2

    Me when I rewatch any Bond film

    1. I've forgotten everything that has happened in it.

    2. I am rewatching it because of Brother FilmApe

    3. I generally have a good time, no matter that quality of the film.

    Apparently I gave this 3 stars last time I watched it, but it really is a 4 star movie.

  • The Neon Demon

    The Neon Demon 2016

    ★★★★★ Watched 28 Jun, 2016 7

    "Room 214s got to be seen"

    After four films focused on the masculine (Bronson, Valhalla Rising, Drive and Only God Forgives) NWR turns his Alejandro Jodorowsky tributing gaze on the feminine, and the result is as stylish and gut punching as NWR fans would expect.

    Here are my thoughts:

    The theatre had this movie at a volume that was almost too loud, which means that the volume was absolutely perfect. It has been a while since I've been awed by…

  • Lady Snowblood

    Lady Snowblood 1973

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 27 Jun, 2016

    Seeing the Criterion transfer of this makes me glad to be alive in 2016. I'd be shocked if even during the film's original run, that it looked this good. The blood is so red and beautiful. If the Lone Wolf and Cub series got this type of treatment, I'd be on cloud nine eating cheeseburgers in paradise.

  • Independence Day: Resurgence

    Independence Day: Resurgence 2016

    ★★ Watched 24 Jun, 2016

    The TV-ising of film continues with the sequel to Independence Day. With enough screenwriters to write three movies, the film feels less like it was directed, and more like it was just manufactured. The film reintroduces beloved characters from the first film, but does nothing to develop these characters or give them interesting arcs. I guess the expectation is that we are already so familiar with these characters, given the rich mythology that has come before this film, that we…

  • Independence Day

    Independence Day 1996

    ★★★½ Rewatched 23 Jun, 2016 4

    This movie is much longer than I recall it being, so it helped to be able to watch it with the Film Junk commentary.

  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991

    ★★★★ Rewatched 22 Jun, 2016 4

    Gone are the days when it didn't matter if you could tell it was a stuntman, because the stunts were so insane. When the stunt guy climbs out of the pickup, across the bed of the truck, on to the semi, and then starts shooting through the semi's windshield...

    The film isn't perfect though, and the extended cut definitely has stuff that doesn't work. For one, the extended cut is too long, and feels like it just has some scene…

  • Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

    Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping 2016

    ★½ Watched 22 Jun, 2016 2

    All 1.5 stars go to Mike Birbiglia, Eric Andre, Chelsea Peretti, and Will Arnett, for the 30 seconds they are on screen.

  • The Terminator

    The Terminator 1984

    ★★★★ Rewatched 20 Jun, 2016 1

    4k remasters = nudity where you thought there wasn't nudity

  • The Expendables 2

    The Expendables 2 2012

    ★★★★ Rewatched 19 Jun, 2016

    This is absolute nonsense, but at the same time it's a film with Stallone, Arnold, Willis, JCVD, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, and Chuck Norris in it.

  • Sudden Death

    Sudden Death 1995

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 19 Jun, 2016 2

    Peter Hyams does not get the respect he deserves.