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  • The Asphalt Jungle 1950

    ★★★★ Watched 27 Jan, 2015

    Story movies slow, but the sheer amount of filth on this movie makes it consistently engaging.

  • Key Largo 1948

    ★★★★½ Watched 27 Jan, 2015

    The most underrated work from everyone involved.

  • Live and Let Die 1973

    ★★½ Watched 26 Jan, 2015

    This feels less like a movie and more like James Bond the TV show. One of the later seasons, 7 or 8, long after they had run out of ideas, but managed to get a grant to film in Louisiana and blew all the money on a speedboat chase equal parts awesome and ridiculous because they knew nobody was watching.

  • Inherent Vice 2014

    Watched 26 Jan, 2015 1

    I have one general rule with movies: make me give a fuck.

    After watching this movie, I still have all my fucks.

  • Late Phases 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 25 Jan, 2015 5

    Late Phases is the greatest werewolf movie ever made.

    By far.

  • The Theory of Everything 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 25 Jan, 2015 3

    I liked this more than The Imitation Game. Solid work with great acting, but not something I have the desire to watch again.

  • Out of the Past 1947

    ★★★★½ Watched 24 Jan, 2015

    Not my favorite film noir, but a damn good one.

    Beyond-incredible dialogue.

  • Ida 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Jan, 2015

    An 80-minute masterclass in framing and shot composition.

  • American Sniper 2014

    Watched 24 Jan, 2015 3

    Only Americans could venerate the leader of a murderous death squad rampaging through a foreign land uninvited with the express purpose of executing fellow human beings and who has no other noteworthy accomplishments to his name, nor any higher aspirations than military service.

    In totally unrelated news, I have no idea why this place sucks shit.

  • The Immigrant 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 23 Jan, 2015

    Damn, that was good.

  • Noah 2014

    ★★½ Watched 13 Jan, 2015 3

    That story about the 600-year-old man single-handedly building a 450-ft long, 75-ft wide, and 45-ft high watertight boat on which he fit two of every living creature on the planet (except dinosaurs) that survived bunking with predators as well as removal from their natural ecosystem - with enough food to last 370 days as they awaited worldwide flood waters to recede because an invisible and all-powerful creator was upset that his perfect creation became imperfect by eating fruit which enabled…

  • Birdman 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 13 Jan, 2015 4

    I am not a fan of cutting a lot in movies. That is not to say I dislike the style of doing so, or that I even prefer longer takes. I just want edits to *mean something*.

    If cutting helps tell the story, cut. If holding the shot longer helps tell the story, don't cut. Whatever you do, act with purpose. Every decision to be made, in pre-production, production, and post-production, should help tell the story.

    Birdman does not act…