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  • The Night Before

    The Night Before 2015

    ★★★ Watched 23 May, 2016

    I like the idea, I like how the film looks, and I like the entire cast, but somehow The Night Before mostly falls flat. The film seems to work best when Rogen, Gordon-Levitt, and Mackie are all together, so when they separate for what feels like the majority of the film it becomes thin and disjointed, feeling like three one-note plot lines rather than a single cohesive story.

    Michael Shannon is as good as advertised, but overall The Night Before is good for a few laughs but not much else.

  • The Nice Guys

    The Nice Guys 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 22 May, 2016

    Shane Black's The Nice Guys is a delight to watch, reveling in its dark humor, excessive violence, and taboo sex. All set against a greasy 70's Los Angeles, the tone and setting work well for this fun noir throwback. While all of this is tons of fun, the film certainly isn't perfect. There are pacing issues, particularly in the first act, and the connective noir tissue unravels here and there, leaving the experience a little disconnected. But by the time it really gets going, the film flies by in what seems like an instant, and I was more than happy to enjoy the ride.

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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 14 Jul, 2014

    Charming and fun who-dunnit. The usual attention to detail, offbeat humor, and quirky Anderson style are all there. Mixed with interesting animation, period jumping, and aspect ratio tinkering, this is a great watch.

  • Skyfall

    Skyfall 2012

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 06 Jul, 2014

    Works as a spy film, action film, revenge film, and siege film. Does a good job at taking relatively small stakes (for a Bond film), and blowing them up on a grander scale. So easily digestible, this film is fun to watch, has the just the right amount of humor, and is the best looking Bond film ever.