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  • The Death and Life of Bobby Z 2007

    ★★★ Watched 28 Jul, 2014

    This feels like the classic case of taking a book, stripping it down to the bare necessities, and hiring some guy to make a film out of it. And while this film adaptation is not bad, it's missing everything that could make it great.

    Everything except Olivia Wilde.

  • Leaving Las Vegas 1995

    ★★★½ Rewatched 27 Jul, 2014

    Haven't seen this in a while, and it holds up well on a re-watch, but there's not a whole lot going on here. The story is interesting because of the strange characters involved and the way they interact and accept one another, but apart from that, I can't say there's much else to love. It's a unique film worth watching that has several great moments, but I feel the parts are better than their sum.

  • Think Of Me 2011

    Watched 25 Jul, 2014

    Well, that ruined my night.

  • Days of Thunder 1990

    ★★★½ Watched 25 Jul, 2014

    Hugely entertaining with a script as tight as 80's jeans. It's slightly predictable today, but nevertheless a fun ride.

    Bonus points for another Wilkes-Barre, PA shout-out, and for Nicole Kidman's super sexy hair.

  • Pain & Gain 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Jul, 2014

    This is one of the most flagrantly entertaining movies I've ever seen, as well as the funniest comedy (albeit dark comedy) to come out in at least a decade.

    Michael Bay needs to make more movies like this. He's not a bad director when given the right material to work with.

  • Devil in a Blue Dress 1995

    ★★★ Watched 23 Jul, 2014

    This movie mimics the most basic elements of the film noir style, but fails to include the principal ingredient - darkness. This is not a film noir; it's just a film. It's a decent film, but it fails miserably at being noir on any level other than the most stylistically superficial. With more dedication to itself (or to the true noir style), it could have been pretty great.

  • Doomsday 2008

    ★★★½ Watched 23 Jul, 2014 1

    If you ask me, we need more movies of sexy women kicking ass. Preferably good movies instead of guilty pleasures. Are they really so difficult to make?

  • The Counselor 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 23 Jul, 2014 4

    Script could use another pass, but I enjoyed this more than I expected. I'm not what would ever be confused with a Ridley Scott fan, but he does solid work here. The writing tries a bit too hard to be philosophical; sometimes it works wonders, like the Fassbender car scene, but other times, it doesn't work as well. This is an incredibly dark movie (no wonder it couldn't find an audience) and I'm curious to see how well it will hold up under repeat viewings.

  • Rust and Bone 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 22 Jul, 2014

    Certainly a unique story. I would have preferred more focus on the woman, who has a much more interesting journey and internal conflict than the man.

  • Lone Survivor 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 22 Jul, 2014

    Probably the best film about the current/most current war. It gets a bit too Hollywood in its third act, but is otherwise very good.

  • Into the Blue 2005

    ★★★ Watched 22 Jul, 2014

    Wow, this wasn't complete shit!

  • John Carter 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Jul, 2014

    I think with another pass on the script to shorten the first act, tighten up the events that immediately follow, and work on character (particular the eponymous gentleman), this could have been a pretty great movie. But for what it is, it's not bad. Very enjoyable. I'd love to see Andrew Stanton work on more live-action, but with a better script and less of a free-for-all budget.

    PS: love the music.