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  • UHF 1989

    ★★★ Watched 13 Nov, 2014

    I definitely see the appeal for some people, particularly with the added nostalgia factor now, but for me this was just okay. The Rambo bit made me laugh the most, but other than that, I laughed maybe a handful of other times. Michael Richards gets grating pretty quick, and "Weird Al" has some pretty weak acting chops, but dare I say, more Fran Drescher would have been nice?

  • Inception 2010

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 12 Nov, 2014

    Inception thrills as much on the fifth or sixth watch as it does on the first.

  • Me and Orson Welles 2008

    ★★★★ Rewatched 11 Nov, 2014 2

    This is a film from those years of Richard Linklater's career where no one seemed to have much interest in what he was doing. I would say that from Bad News Bears to Bernie, there really was not that much buzz around what Linklater was doing. I mean, Me and Orson Welles was not even picked up by a distributor, and ended up being self distributed by the production company. This seems absolutely absurd now, given the popularity of Linklater,…

  • Step Up All In 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Nov, 2014 5

    Much like the Fast and Furious series, the Step Up films have become an unlikely franchise that has a somewhat convoluted series continuity that makes little sense. However, much like the Fast and Furious series, I have been charmed by the attempt to make the series somewhat connected, and the films just play well for me. Step Up All In is the fifth entry, and in is my second favourite of the series. It follows the tried and true formula…

  • Uncle Buck 1989

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 10 Nov, 2014 1

    "Do you have a plunger here, while I'm thinking of these things, uh, for the morning, you know, my plumbing is just so bad. Well, of course yours is good plumbing here, right? Yeah, I would imagine, yesh, don't worry about it, you know, everything will be fine. I've just been bound up lately. It's, it's been driving me crazy. I've been eating a lot of cheese for some reason. I don't know what it is, I've got a craving for the stuff. Think maybe that's an allergy or something...I don't know, I can't get enough cheese. I feel like a big mouse. "

  • Gold Diggers in Paris 1938

    ★★ Watched 10 Nov, 2014 4

    I've gotten through the 9 film Busby Berkeley collection, and the last few films were tough to get through. Talk about a huge change from the beginning of the collection to the end. It shows a big change in the mid-thirties with the studio involvement and what crowds wanted. I definitely prefer the films that just let Busby go nuts, as those have weak stories, but the payoff is always huge. These later films just have the weak stories and no payoff. There are of course hints of Busby's genius, but why take hints when you can get the full genius in earlier films?

  • Hollywood Hotel 1937

    ★★ Watched 10 Nov, 2014

    Pretty standard Busby story, with no amazing Busby choreographed performance number. As a film it is perfectly fine for the time period, but as a Busby film this does not impress at all.

  • Varsity Show 1937

    ★★ Watched 09 Nov, 2014

    Busby ain't getting that budget, so the musical numbers are much less awe inspiring. There is really only one real Busby number in this, and it is nowhere near one of his bests. The baton girl doing the one arm cartwheels is hip, but the rest of the number is bland. The story itself is pretty boring to, though I do like all the cops coming to stop the show, only to sit and watch it. I am definitely missing Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell on his own just does not cut it.

  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 2013

    ★★★ Watched 09 Nov, 2014

    Biopics are inherently flawed, because they suggest that history is boiled down to the contribution of single individuals, rather than acknowledging that history is shaped by many different factors. Watching Winnie and then following it up immediately with Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom was an interesting exercise, that showcases all the problems that I have with biopics. Mandela is of course much superior to Winnie on every level, but it is still just another biopic. All the performances are fine,…

  • Winnie Mandela 2011

    ★½ Watched 08 Nov, 2014

    Pretty much the only thing that would make this biopic more unbearable would be if Tyler Perry was in it playing Winnie.

  • Speed Racer 2008

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 08 Nov, 2014 2

    Wow, this came out six years ago. I feel like Rip Van Winkle, have I been sleeping the years away? It seems like yesterday when I saw this in the theatre, and had my hair blown back at how absolutely fantastic it is. This is the Wachowski's greatest film, no question about it. Because of the cartoon nature of everything, the CG has held up wonderfully, and will probably hold up in the years to come. The cast is perfect,…

  • Only God Forgives 2013

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 08 Nov, 2014 3

    God wants your arms.