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  • Collateral 2004

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 18 Oct, 2014 3

    There is a scene near the beginning of this film where Fox and Smith talk about cab routes and make a bet whose route is faster. Upon winning the bet, Fox declares that he "got lucky with the lights". Remember this for later.

    This sequence in the cab between Fox and Smith does a perfect job of establishing the characters and their relationship, as well as sowing every single seed necessary for the rest of their part together in the…

  • Beneath Hill 60 2010

    ★★★★ Watched 14 Oct, 2014

    A rather excellent film that next to nobody has seen. Unique approach to the genre, based on real events, great video transfer, and magnificent sound design. Watch on the best system you can find.

    Beer: Victory Festbier - 4.5/5 (also excellent)

  • Zodiac 2007

    ★★★½ Rewatched 11 Oct, 2014

    A much better film than I remember. It's peppered with moments of individual brilliance and is certainly one of Fincher's finest-looking efforts. You can tell the director was enjoying himself while filming this (unlike Gone Girl). It exhibits plenty of creative and unconventional moments that let the viewer know they are watching a master craftsman at work. It has all of Fincher's hallmarks as a director.

    One of those hallmarks being script problems.

    In a word, this story needed focus.…

  • Gone Girl 2014

    ★★½ Watched 07 Oct, 2014 17

    Just saw Gone Girl for the first and last time. I can't imagine enjoying 3 more hours of that.

    This should have been a 13-episode season of a TV show. It needed room to breathe, to let the suspense build. To let doubt play in the minds of the viewer. Packing all this into one movie and ending it on the sourest note imaginable made for a dissatisfying experience.

    I wasn't even impressed with the window dressing, which has always…

  • Heavy Metal 1981

    Watched 30 Sep, 2014 5

    For a film called Heavy Metal, why is there only one metal band featured on the soundtrack? This should be called Hard Rock + Black Sabbath.

  • The Sand Pebbles 1966

    ★★★★½ Watched 29 Sep, 2014

    From my List of Shame.

    Everything about this movie is underrated.

  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1956

    ★★★★ Watched 28 Sep, 2014

    Daniel Mainwaring was a hell of a writer.

    This is a lean, mean, paranoia-inducing machine. The story moves fast but takes its time doling out information, keeping the suspense on high at all times. This is a perfect Halloween movie, so watch it a month and 2 days from now with a tasty Märzen and you're all good.

    PS: Sam Peckinpah is in this!

  • Gravity 2013

    ★★★½ Rewatched 22 Sep, 2014

    This is a very silly movie.

    Blu-ray transfer is quite good. Sound is very good. I expected a bit more in each area, but it's still far better than theater quality. That said, this is a movie that demands to be viewed on the largest screen imaginable, so in that respect, the theater wins.

    PS: The non-CGI scenes (of which there are few) are easily the most beautiful moments in the film. THAT is the true skill of Lubezki, and vastly more impressive than anything a computer can do.

  • The Hunt for Red October 1990

    ★★★½ Watched 05 Sep, 2014

    John McTiernan used to be so amazing.

    This movie is shot extremely well, which is necessary for films with much of the activity happening in close confines. McTiernan pulls out his bag of tricks and gives us enough nifty rack focus, dolly shots, and Dutch angles to keep things visually interesting on the submarines.

    While this is not an action film in the same way that Die Hard and Predator are action films, orientation and geography of the actors and…

  • American Beauty 1999

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 02 Sep, 2014 7

    Free napkins!

    It's been a long time since I've seen this film, and the film being very much a product of its time, I was curious to see how well it held up. The answer is: surprisingly well.

    I think a primary reason for this is because the ideas the film presents are still quite relevant today - and every bit as relevant they were in 1999.

    Too many people appear trapped in lives they don't want. Ask anyone about…

  • Contagion 2011

    ★★★ Watched 01 Sep, 2014 2

    Please make more films, Mr. Soderbergh.

  • The Eiger Sanction 1975

    ★★★ Watched 31 Aug, 2014

    What a weird movie.

    Beer: St. Ambroise The Great Pumpkin Ale - 4.5/5 (very, very spicy; my kind of pumpkin beer).