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  • Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus 2013

    ★★★ Watched 16 Aug, 2014

    I didn't love the film, but I was certainly impressed in the way it uses two very unlikable characters for its principles - and still works. Perhaps because the film allows you to flip back and forth between the two, disliking one character while relating/sympathizing with the other, or maybe because it is a drug-fueled flick and we give the characters a pass for being under influences. Either way, the film is original and consistently funny.

  • The Paper Chase 1973

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Aug, 2014

    Weirdly engrossing film about a whiz kid law student and his relationship with a hard-nosed professor.

    This film builds a very unique tone and atmosphere through the various locations (from classroom to beach house to Kingsfield's home), the great music by Williams, and the array of characters with which Hart establishes relationships.

    This one was always on the list but always put off in favor of something else. I guess I assumed due to the subject matter, or perhaps the old VHS cover with a stuffy looking Houseman, it would be a bore. I was wrong.

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  • 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 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.