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  • Sully

    Sully 2016

    ★★½ Watched 13 Sep, 2016 4

    Sully is pretty much exactly what you would expect from Clint Eastwood these days. There is very little style, anything that is not literally happening is handled extremely bluntly, and old people love it. I enjoyed the actually portrayal of the incident, but the first act, with the dream sequences is not great, and the third act with the flight simulator tests is also not great. The film is conventional all the way around, but it has been somewhat chopped…

  • Hell or High Water

    Hell or High Water 2016

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 13 Sep, 2016

    Taylor Sheridan is so far 2/2 with his produced scripts, but I think his next two projects are going to be really telling in regards to the kind of talent that we are dealing with. It's tempting (extremely) to just right now proclaim him as the cinematic son of Elmore Leonard, but I am going to wait to see what Wind River (Sheridan's directorial debut) and Soldado have in store for us. I truly hope that he can go 4/4, and solidify himself as one of the best screenwriters working today.

  • Phantasm

    Phantasm 1979

    ★★★½ Watched 12 Sep, 2016

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    "You sure it wasn't that retarded kid Timmy up the street?"

    Basically, it was all a dream, or was it? The ending definitely puts a damper on the film, particularly with the nonsensical reveal that Jody died it a car accident, but for the most part I found the film enjoyable. It's always strange when there is a reveal that everything you've been watching should be re-evaluated, given that it wasn't what it seemed, and I feel like most of…

  • Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

    Ali: Fear Eats the Soul 1974

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Sep, 2016

    I definitely preferred the first half to the second half, given that the second half falls victim to the obvious cliches (life's cliched I guess) that you would think this story would get into. The film is shot very well, with the framing in certain scenes capturing the character's isolation quite effectively. The very literal ending of the film is a good way of illustrating the figurative message of the film.

  • De Palma

    De Palma 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 10 Sep, 2016 14

    Most of us will never have an opportunity to sit down and discuss Brian De Palma's filmography with the man himself. Thankfully, this doc is the next best thing. There is no fluff or anything here, it is just De Palma sitting and talking about his work. Because De Palma is an interesting and seemingly very unpretentious guy, it is a joy to just listen to him talk about his work. I really hope that Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow…

  • The Transformers: The Movie

    The Transformers: The Movie 1986

    ★★★½ Watched 09 Sep, 2016

    The Transformers are admittedly a huge pop culture blind spot for me, but when I saw that this was getting a Shout Factory release, I figured I would give it a poke. I immediately encountered a problem when I cracked the case for the first time, because inside were two discs, one marked "full frame" and the other marked "widescreen". So, I hit up Wikipedia (Home Media section) to figure out what was going on, and which version to watch.…

  • Jurassic Park

    Jurassic Park 1993

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 09 Sep, 2016 8

    I've seen this enough times now to find it impossible not to notice the film's imperfections. However, these imperfections give the film its character, and I kind of like that Spielberg was just runnin and gunnin on this one, going for the spectacle rather than cinematic perfection.

  • The Shallows

    The Shallows 2016

    ★★ Watched 08 Sep, 2016 2

    Feeling long even though it is only 80 minutes, The Shallows was a non-starter for me. It's just heavy exposition, tension, and then action. I did like the cinematography, and the concept of the movie, but I was mostly just bored watching this.

  • Escape from L.A.

    Escape from L.A. 1996

    ★★★★ Rewatched 08 Sep, 2016

    It really should say 2016 at the beginning of this film, because we really aren't that far off. #LandOfTheFree

  • Escape from New York

    Escape from New York 1981

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 07 Sep, 2016

    Now what did I teach you?

    Y-you are the...FilmApe of Letterboxd. A-number one.

  • Morgan

    Morgan 2016

    ★★½ Watched 07 Sep, 2016 2

    There is certainly a good movie here, the problem is that it's about three or four script rewrites from what has been made. There are multiple scenes that I liked a lot, the cast is strong, and the direction is competent, but the film feels very restrained and goes to obvious places. A major problem is what the film chooses to reveal and not reveal. There are way too many "huh" and "duh" moments in this.

  • Hell or High Water

    Hell or High Water 2016

    ★★★★★ Watched 06 Sep, 2016 11

    "Are you trying to make me angry? I asked for Dr. Pepper...this is Mr. Pibb"