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  • Big Significant Things

    Big Significant Things 2015

    ★★½ Watched 31 Jul, 2015

    A modestly charming, though meandering road comedy/drama.

    I liked it fine enough but it does meander a lot.

  • Dawn of the Crescent Moon

    Dawn of the Crescent Moon 2014

    ★★★ Watched 29 Jul, 2015

    "Gold? I Like Gold! Has anyone found the gold?"
    - Penn

    A very weird low-budget horror/thriller movie with terrible acting, stilted soft porn style dialogue and awful production values and special effects but... it hooked me by the end.

    The story was interesting. That's all that really matters. This was not what I was expecting. I was expecting a boob-and-bloodfest.

    There is only a little boobyness and pretty much no blood.

    Also, the movie has more survivors than victims in the end and a relatively happy ending, weird for this kind of movie.

    I should have hated it but it kinda hooked me.

  • Marie's Story

    Marie's Story 2014

    ★★ Watched 29 Jul, 2015

    It's not that "Marie's Story" is a bad movie, it's just that it's very standard and tv movie-like.

    It's basically a 19th century French version of the Helen Keller story. It's ok but not really my thing.

  • Jauja

    Jauja 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 26 Jul, 2015

    Pretty much what you'd get if Bela Tarr directed "Moonrise Kingdom", "Jauja" is a beautiful and strange film that goes nuts in it's final act.... and I loved it.

    It stars Viggo Mortensen and it's a beautiful looking movie, too.

  • The Stanford Prison Experiment

    The Stanford Prison Experiment 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 25 Jul, 2015

    This is fascinating, clinical "real life horror", based on the real case study that took place in 1971.

    Yes, it's cold and clinical but the psychology is fascinating, the performances very good.

    My one complaint is we don't get to know any of the characters very well but oh well, I realize that's not the point of the movie.

  • Insurgent

    Insurgent 2015

    ★★ Watched 23 Jul, 2015

    I do not remember what I thought of the first film in the "Divergent" franchise (it was before I started logging everything on Letterboxd) but this sequel was only "meh". It has a few cool moments but there's too much fighting and other nonsense.

    It's a very bloated film.

  • The Suicide Theory

    The Suicide Theory 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 23 Jul, 2015

    A cross-dressing, epileptic hitman and a gay man who may be immortal are brought together by fate and become fast friends in this weird and awesome buddy movie.

    Really enjoyable and twisty. Has to be seen to be believed.

    "You are very lucky to be alive"

  • Almost Mercy

    Almost Mercy 2015

    Watched 21 Jul, 2015

    Tom DeNucci's "Almost Mercy" is a woefully depressing slice of misery porn disguised as a darkly comic satire and populated with horror icons.

    The film is just so woeful, featuring so many unlikable characters and it piles on the "misery porn" cliches too.

    The main girl is kind of cute, looks sort of like Najarra Townsend, but that's about the only positive thing I can say about this movie, which so desperately wants to be a 21st century "Natural Born Killers". At least NBK was kineticly edited and didn't feature voiceover every 2 minutes.

    I had an awful experience with "Almost Mercy".

  • Big Game

    Big Game 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 20 Jul, 2015

    A totally unrealistic, sublimely silly mash-up of "Olympus Has Fallen" and an old Amblin film, homages to Spielberg abound in this very enjoyable action flick with great performances from Samuel L. Jackson and the young boy.

    Also, Jim Broadbent. Kicking ass. Never thought I'd see the day.

  • Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser

    Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser 2015

    Watched 17 Jul, 2015

    And the award for most unnecessary movie of 2015 goes to....

    Joe Dirt 2, a super silly, stupid sequel that incorporates time travel and tons of meta to the thin returning story of the mulleted loser Joe Dirt played by David Spade.

    It's not that the movie isn't sporadically funny but it's just stupid and wholly unnecessary.

  • Abstraction

    Abstraction 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 16 Jul, 2015

    Though I'm getting kind of sick of the heist movie subgenre (I've watched a lot of heist movies lately), Prince Bagdasarian's "Abstraction" is an interesting, unique entry into the heist movie subgenre, mostly because it's also a big.... long.... con of a movie.

    Pretty brilliant stuff. Also, Eric Roberts has a small cameo that is very memorable.

  • Big in Japan

    Big in Japan 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Jul, 2015

    "Big in Japan", the latest film by acclaimed filmmaker John Jeffcoat, is basically "A Hard Day's Night" if, you know, The Beatles were a far less famous and successful Seattle indie rock band who go to Japan to attract more of a fan base.

    Well, Lennon did marry Yoko so.....

    This movie is very funny and enjoyable.