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  • Zeitgeist: The Movie

    Zeitgeist: The Movie 2007

    Watched 17 May, 2015 3

    Whether you believe any of this or not, it's best to exist as far outside of the system as you possibly can. The big businesses and corporations don't need your money, but the local band trying to make a name for themselves does. The local coffee shop could use that money you're throwing away on garbage at Starbucks. The local artists can use some recognition for their work. Fuck the people who already have money. Support those trying to make a living on their own, outside of the system. And dammit, find a way to do that for yourself. Life will improve immediately.

  • The Killer

    The Killer 1989

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 16 May, 2015

    Sure, the action is killer (damn puns), but what makes this film is the dichotomy between the hero and villain...being that there is no hero or villain. Only characters. Only people. And that's what we're really there for, the reason we're watching and being entertained, because without well-drawn characters defined by their actions and the difficult choices they must make, all the gunfights and explosions and doves and slow-motion and car chases in the world don't mean a god damn thing.

  • John Wick

    John Wick 2014

    ★★★½ Added

    Still kicks ass.

    One interesting observation: this is perhaps the only film I can recall where the antagonists are legitimately afraid of the protagonist. The villains are the ones at a disadvantage. They are fearing that John Wick doesn't come after them. This is a polar reversal of the dramatic norms in mainstream storytelling, yet it works very well.


    Beer: Founders Dark Penance Dark IPA - 3/5 (very rich/thick, felt like penance drinking it, not my favorite)

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    Watched 14 May, 2015 14

    I'll add words later once I find them.


    EDIT: And now, the review...

    Mad Max: Fury Road is exactly what cinema has been missing in the last decade or two. It's a perfect combination of elements, all working at their highest level.

    You want to see action? You get plenty. Sick of CGI overload bullshit? Real stunts and practical effects far more often than not. You want well-drawn characters? Everyone in this film had something to do, some unique aspect…

  • Jordan Rides the Bus

    Jordan Rides the Bus 2010

    Watched 05 May, 2015

    Perhaps the least-illuminating 30-for-30.

    The outright dismissal of what must be one of the greatest sports controversies of all time did the filmmakers no favors. The possibility of Jordan being (temporarily) kicked out of the league for all of his off-court troubles (most of which are not even hinted at in this film) should have been the crux of this documentary, but we only get maybe two instances of brushing off the idea as absurd instead of even the slightest…

  • Schindler's List

    Schindler's List 1993

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 02 May, 2015 6

    This may be a controversial claim, but Schindler's List is underrated.

  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

    The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp 1943

    Watched 02 May, 2015

    Barely made it half an hour before turning it off. Outrageously boring.

    Archers, what the fuck is this?

  • I Hate Christian Laettner

    I Hate Christian Laettner 2015

    ★★★ Watched 29 Apr, 2015

    Still believe that Isiah Thomas should have been on the Dream Team instead.


    Beer: Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout - 5/5 (outrageous, like drinking silk, might be better than Southern Tier's Choklat.)

  • Fed Up

    Fed Up 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 28 Apr, 2015

    This documentary confirms several things I always say on the topic of food. One of which is this:

    There's no money in healthy people.

    Sad but true. That's why eating healthy is so much more difficult than it should be. More people need to take account of what they are putting in their bodies and make the effort anyway. If you want to make a change, this is how you do it. Vote with your money, because that's all that…

  • Furious 7

    Furious 7 2015

    ★★ Watched 24 Apr, 2015 1

    This movie is fucking ridiculous.

    First off, I hope whoever was making the music decisions is serving hard time in a cell without sunlight right now, because this was fucking ridiculous. Worst use of music in any movie, perhaps ever. If you're so utterly daft that you don't understand which scenes are meant to be emotional, fear not, because there is a generic Lifetime-movie emotional swell fronting every emotional scene. Yes, fronting. Not backing.

    The dialogue is...how can I put…

  • Showrunners

    Showrunners 2014

    ★★★ Watched 22 Apr, 2015

    Not bad, but not very informative, either. This feels made for those who know next to nothing about how TV shows are made.


    Beer: Einstök Ölgerð Icelandic Pale Ale - 3.5/5 (a solid beer, highly drinkable, not amazing but I would buy this again)

  • The Two Faces of January

    The Two Faces of January 2014

    ★★★ Watched 19 Apr, 2015

    Not bad, but not great. Works best as a relationship drama more than a thriller. It's engaging far more often than not, but the story doesn't have very much depth. It does what it does well, but I wish it did more. This is worth seeing and worth remembering, but not worth revisiting.


    Beer: Uinta Baba Organic Black Lager - 4/5 (smooth, extremely drinkable, organic always a plus)