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  • U Turn 1997

    Watched 27 Jul, 2014

    Just about everything I find grating. Performances, editing, cinematography, the lack of originality, predictable plot -- just watch Red Rock West or Kill Me Again or any number of early 90s film noir / Western homages -- all of which are far superior than this dreck. Such a waste of time and talent!

  • Wall Street 1987

    ★★½ Rewatched 29 Jul, 2014

    This movie needs The Wolf!

    Certainly enjoyable enough and I liked it a lot more back in the late 80s but after Scorsese tackling similar ground last year, this just pales in comparison. Stone can't help but have grandiosity, preachiness and corporate corruption at the forefront, but Sheen is not a strong enough character (or actor) to really "sell" this the whole way through. Michael Douglas is great, as expected, but overall, it peters out as it goes along and…

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  • Take This Waltz 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 04 Jun, 2012 5

    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.