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  • Garden State 2004

    Rewatched 29 Oct, 2014

    Braff is not going for realism, but seriously, if any psychiatrist prescribed 3 SSRI medications to Andrew, he would die from serotonin poisoning. Which would've made for a great short film, actually. This monstrosity, on the other hand, is pure and total bullshit. If I met someone for the first time in a waiting room and they used the word "retarded" as much as Sam does, I would never even think of hanging out with them. Everyone in this movie…

  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 1986

    ★½ Watched 30 Oct, 2014

    I don't get this movie nor do I get the majority of Rob Zombie's filmography which clearly was influenced by Hooper's desire to mix dark comedy, gore and histrionics. I'm sorry, horror film fans. Really, I am since I know there's a huge following behind this one. Having characters scream obscenities and say vile things over and over ad nauseam does not equate to horror (or dark comedy) in any way for me. I just kept waiting for something to…

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  • Take This Waltz 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 04 Jun, 2012 4

    If someone were to point out my favorite thing(s) to read, even more than a great novel, it would be essays about something that affected them so deeply that they felt compelled to write about it. It can be short, or it can be 20 pages long. A great author of this approach would be Lester Bangs, who wrote beautifully indulgent music reviews in such an intensely personal way that were so resonant, that for the right reader, you might…

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 01 Apr, 2014 10

    A masterpiece. Everything I could possibly want from a Wes Anderson movie. I truly love nearly everything he's done and this one just made me ecstatic nearly the entire time I was watching it. Another gem that's more fun than anything he's done in awhile. Maybe not laugh out loud funny the whole way through but just a joy to watch in every way. There were moments throughout that made me want to applaud, simply on the basis of true originality and pure craft.