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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 12 Jun, 2014

    Although it left me a little cold, The Grand Budapest Hotel represents the zenith of Wes Andersons's incomparably dapper stylings as a visual artist, while also having a frenzied energy in certain scenes that are equal parts riveting and hilarious (*especially* the two chase scenes involving Willem Dafoe's riff on Anton Chigurh). An amusing Marx Brothers-esque trifle through a unknown swath of the early 20th century, featuring Ralph Fiennes in arguably a career-best performance with rapid-fire deadpan wit that I never thought he had.

  • Raising Arizona 1987

    ★★★★ Watched 27 May, 2014

    The most visually zany, crackpot, eccentric Coen Brothers I've ever seen, and that's saying something, given a filmography that also includes the slacker classic The Big Lebowski and the inane farce Burn After Reading. A hilarious screwball classic through and through.

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  • Somewhere in Time 1980

    ★★★★ Rewatched 03 Feb, 2012

    Old-fashioned Hollywood weepie with a devastating ending, but it tugs on the heart strings so very well. Jane Seymour has never been more exquisite. Christopher Reeve utilizes his gentle, boyish charisma to maximum effect. But of course, the main draw here is the legendary John Barry's (RIP) unforgettable score. The swells and cadences of the main theme are equal parts pure love and pure melancholy - a perfect aural representation of Richard's state-of-mind throughout the film.

  • Godzilla 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 18 May, 2014

    Gareth Edwards masterfully updates Ishiro Honda's 1954 classic from an allegory about an unstoppable nuclear-created force devastating mankind into an unstoppable agent of nature acting as an equalizer against imbalance. The result is a 10.0 magnitude summer tentpole that is one of the very best of its kind in recent memory. It is also one that doesn't feel like it overstays its welcome through being artificially long (an unfortunate recent trend), despite taking place on a global scale.

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