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  • The Best That Never Was 2010

    Watched 16 Dec, 2014 2

    Reminds me a lot of Bo Jackson.

    Great story. I definitely recommend this.

  • Edge of Tomorrow 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Dec, 2014

    Box office failure or not, I still own a bad-ass movie on blu-ray to watch whenever the fuck I want.

    Mark one in the win column for the consumer.

  • You Don't Know Bo 2012

    Watched 16 Dec, 2014

    Short career or not, he's still one of the greatest athletes of all time.

  • Free Spirits 2013

    Watched 15 Dec, 2014

    One of the most poorly-made 30 for 30 docs I've seen yet.

  • The Captive 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 13 Dec, 2014

    I appreciate Atom Egoyan making movies that force you to follow along and connect dots. It usually makes for an experience where you're not quite sure what is happening or why until things start to come together - for better or for worse. This is more better than worse, although it is not among his strongest efforts. Nonetheless, I love his style and I enjoyed this film.

  • Blackbird 2007

    Watched 12 Dec, 2014

    If you need your night ruined, watch this movie.

  • Park Avenue: Money, Power & The American Dream 2012

    Watched 11 Dec, 2014

    People - Americans, in particular - live under the belief that money = greatness.

    This is a lie.

    The lives of these billionaires seem well beyond empty. When was the last time any of these suits sat down and watched a movie for enjoyment? Look at the shots of their furniture - all form, no function. None of it look comfortable. That stiff leathery couch? Of course they don't use it. It's a showpiece. They have no time to enjoy…

  • The Babadook 2014

    ★★★ Watched 07 Dec, 2014 3

    This could have been amazing.

    The big issue for me is difficult to explain, but I will do my best. The Babadook is not so much a story as it is a metaphor. This would ordinarily be fine, as I love films that are about something, that mean something. Toy Story 3 is about coping with death and the fear of dying. You wouldn't know that if you watched the film and only paid attention to the external story events,…

  • I Origins 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 06 Dec, 2014

    First half is great. Second half is not.

    I think the problem is the abandonment of character in the second half, where the story becomes too much about the plot and the philosophical and theological ideas. This worked very well in the first half when those same ideas were being expressed in the film, but through characters via their beliefs and their relationships. It was about the people more than the ideas.

    The second half is all ideas and little…

  • Arbitrage 2012

    ★★½ Watched 03 Dec, 2014

    Would have been much better with some kind of ending - perhaps one that didn't paint the villains as the heroes. I don't know. I was enjoying myself for a while, but the entire third act was dissatisfactory.

  • The Sacrament 2013

    ★★★ Watched 02 Dec, 2014

    This film does not play to Ti West's strengths as a storyteller.

    The House of the Devil and The Inkeepers both featured incredibly likable main characters, and that helped me as a viewer jump into the world of the film(s) and actively root for those characters to come out of whatever hardship they find themselves in.

    Here, the character drama is cast aside in favor of the film-making style. The actors do a fair job, but don't have much to…

  • Blue Ruin 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 02 Dec, 2014

    Is there some kind of unwritten independent film law that states every movie with 'blue' in the title needs to have blue everything? I noticed it in Blue Is The Warmest Color (how the fuck could you not?) and again here. I'm all for color symbolism, but I'm also all for *subtlety*. Don't take me out of the movie.

    Anyway, this is pretty damn good. It's not a revenge film any more than it is an inversion of the revenge film. It's anti-revenge. I enjoyed the message and loved the way it was shot. I look forward to more films from this writer/director.