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  • Jingle Bell Rocks! 2013

    ★★★½ Added

    Not a particularly groundbreaking documentary by any stretch, but again, I find vinyl collectors and music freaks my "kind" of people, so I had more investment in the subject matter which helped me to overlook a rather conventional execution. Weird Christmas music is a strange novelty and this film captures the gimmick meets artistry in a way that is slightly above Dr. Demento levels, for sure (although of course he appears in this). Nothing mind-blowing but certainly worth a look if you love obscure vinyl finds (holiday-themed and otherwise) like I do.

  • Wild 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 20 Dec, 2014

    One of those personal experiences in the theater where I can understand why others may not be as enthused as I was. Let's just say that I've been where this character has been despite not having gone on a similar journey / expedition. Certainly this is a movie that's been done many times before, but I really appreciated how un-sentimental it was. Even a moment very late in the film involving a child actually moved me without forcing the truth…

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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.