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  • The 39 Steps

    The 39 Steps 1935

    ★★★½ Watched 13 Aug, 2015

    A proto-thriller. Un-smooth edges at times, and many tropes and cliches that have been done to death in the decades since, yet it still works on its own merit, despite lacking the excitement that came to define The Master's later works such as North By Northwest. Enjoyable, but it has aged noticeably.

    Happy Birthday, Mr. Hitchcock!

    Beer: Breaker Brewing Company Banana Nut Bread Ale - 4/5 (different taste than Wells, less banana flavor, but smoother/creamier, very drinkable)

  • The Warriors

    The Warriors 1979

    ★★★★½ Watched 05 Aug, 2015 3

    Some of the best ideas are the simple ones.

  • The Blues Brothers

    The Blues Brothers 1980

    ★★★★ Watched 04 Aug, 2015

    Pre-CGI insanity is the best kind.

    Beer: Ballast Point Wahoo White - 4/5 (incredibly smooth, light flavor, highly drinkable, a perfect beer for summer)

  • A Serious Man

    A Serious Man 2009

    ★★★½ Watched 03 Aug, 2015


  • Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

    Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol 2011

    ★★★★ Rewatched 02 Aug, 2015 7

    Definitely a step above Rogue Nation in every way.

  • Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

    Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 30 Jul, 2015

    This is Ghost Protocol beat for beat. This is not a complaint.

    A lot of movies lately feature devastating, crippling, absolutely disastrous vehicle crashes at high speed with the vehicle occupants walking away without injury. This is a complaint.

    Otherwise, solid fun.

  • Schooled: The Price of College Sports

    Schooled: The Price of College Sports 2013

    Watched 23 Jul, 2015

    Just one of many reasons why I detest college sports.

    Beer: Southern Tier 2X Milk Stout - 3.5/5 (fair, but needs to be more milky and/or more stout-y)

  • Do the Right Thing

    Do the Right Thing 1989

    ★★★★½ Watched 22 Jul, 2015 8

    As prescient as it is heavy-handed, it's curious to me how we see very few characters actually do the right thing. The eruption of violence is the natural result of this behavior, yet the lack of comeuppance for those most directly responsible undercuts the film's message. Spike Lee himself plays perhaps the least-redeemable character - the one who, in the end, demands money from the business owner who lost everything due to the riot Lee himself initiated, then he strolls…

  • The Human Experiment

    The Human Experiment 2013

    Watched 21 Jul, 2015

    Should be mandatory viewing for all Americans without exception.

  • The Double Life of Veronique

    The Double Life of Veronique 1991

    Watched 20 Jul, 2015 2

    I'm not smart enough to understand this after only one viewing.

    Beer: Atwater Decadent Double Chocolate Ale - 4/5 (not quite as good as Sam Smith's, but close enough)

  • Rambo

    Rambo 2008

    ★★★★ Rewatched 19 Jul, 2015 6

    Director's Cut.

    My sound system is crying.

  • The Killers

    The Killers 1946

    ★★★★ Watched 17 Jul, 2015

    One of the greatest opening scenes in film history. The rest of the movie is good, too.

    Beer: Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale - 4/5 (delicious, like candy for adults)