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  • Spartan 2004

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 06 Apr, 2014

    Pay attention because Spartan will not wait for you.

    This film is tremendous. Tight direction, Mamet’s signature dialogue (and actors that can deliver it), and a balls-out pace make this a great watch. It is quick, gritty, and smart.

    It is a crime that this is not available on Blu-ray.

  • High Fidelity 2000

    ★★★½ Rewatched 06 Apr, 2014

    Starting to feel a bit dated but still a fun and easy watch. Cusack is great as the ultra-depressed nihilistic Gordon, and Frears' direction is quite good, moving the story along at a good clip without overstaying its welcome.

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  • Inside Llewyn Davis 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 29 Mar, 2014

    Beautiful and haunting, this film is still lingering with me days after my first viewing.

    The performances are great, particularly Issac, and the music is top notch. The Coen's get me virtually every single time, and this is no exception. This does feel in the same vein as 'A Serious Man', a film that will benefit from re-watches.

    Cannot wait to watch again and start to decipher more.

  • Drinking Buddies 2013

    ★★★ Watched 23 Jan, 2014

    About 20 minutes in I thought I had this film figured out, only to have my expectations turned on their head. It was very satisfying to see the path the filmmakers took over the cliche that I dreaded was coming. I suppose I should have looked to the title to squash my fears...

    The film sneaks up on you a bit, engages you more than you thought, and feels genuine throughout. It's funny and entertaining, and I would recommend the…