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  • Heavy Metal 1981

    Watched 30 Sep, 2014 4

    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).

  • Looper 2012

    ★★★★ Rewatched 30 Aug, 2014

    Not quite as strong on rewatch.

    First viewing, I was irked by Bruce Willis's lack of meaningful activity following JGL's arrival at the farmhouse, and that only stood out more this time around. He simply has nothing to do. Find two kids that we the audience know (even on first viewing) are not The Rainmaker? Not very enthralling.

    I also think that Rian Johnson dropped the ball in a few areas where he could have milked some more meaning and…

  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 30 Aug, 2014 3

    There are few perfect films. Terminator 2 is one of them.

    What separates this from lesser action films is its attention to character and - most importantly - character-driven action. While the action scenes are shot impeccably well, creative, well-paced, and large in scale, they are also - most importantly - large in emotion.

    Most Hollywood movies get this wrong. Action scenes should not be a break from the plot or the character development, and nor should the character stuff…

  • Charley Varrick 1973

    ★★★★ Watched 28 Aug, 2014 3

    Underrated (much like the rest of Don Siegel's filmography).

    There are so many detailed and creative moments, you know this was adapted from a novel. One I would very much like to read.

    This is an excellent example of a film that allows the viewer to play along. Many actions have no accompanying dialogue and are never spoken about, yet we begin to piece together their meanings as the story develops - a method of storytelling with great appeal to…

  • Exotica 1994

    ★★★★ Watched 27 Aug, 2014 4

    Fans of Eyes Wide Shut might want to give this a view.

    Hypnotic is a suiting adjective to use. Very few films can pull off the "what the flying fuck is this about?" for so long and then tie it all together by the end in such an immaculate package.

    The acting is strong, the music is all spectacular, the camerawork is well above average, the locations and settings are nearly characters in themselves, but it is the script that…