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  • The Gunman

    The Gunman 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 02 Jul, 2015

    I am as surprised as you are that I enjoyed this so much. A solid "old man action movie" starring Sean Penn that got crappy reviews upon it's initial release. I liked it.

    Yes, it's hokey at times and laugh-out-loud ridiculous at times as well (the way they off the bad guy.... sheesh) but I enjoyed it quite a bit.

    Color me tickled pink and shocked like shocktarts. Remember shocktarts? Those little motherforkers were great.

  • Von Mädchen und Pferden

    Von Mädchen und Pferden 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 30 Jun, 2015

    And now I return to the European coming-of-age narrative I love so much with this gentle female friendship story from Germany entitled "Of Girls and Horses" in English.

    It's a simple film, wrongly being marketed as a sexy lesbian romance (it's not that at all). It's really a film about a troubled girl and a rich girl who become friends and bond over their love of horses. The fact that they do eventually kiss each other while drunk is a…

  • Sweet Leaf

    Sweet Leaf

    ★★★★★ Watched 30 Jun, 2015

    Reminiscent of a James Hausler joint (side note: wtf happened to James Hausler? He made 3 great movies in a row and now he's nowhere to be found on the filmmaking scene!), "Sweet Leaf" is a rollicking, fun, twisty crime caper that's also hilarious and twisted, with interesting characters and a cheeky sense of humor.

    It's a heist gone bad kind of film and easily one of the best films of it's kind.

  • The Midnight Swim

    The Midnight Swim 2014

    ★★½ Watched 29 Jun, 2015

    Quite possibly the most elegant found footage movie ever made, this movie actually looks and feels like a "real" movie but too bad it's not very good.

    It's boring, as found footage movies usually are.

  • Glass Chin

    Glass Chin 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 28 Jun, 2015

    "Glass Chin" is easily one of the best crime dramas I've seen in ages.

    Beautiful cinematography in a 70s throwback crime story about a former boxer/failed restaurateur (Corey Stoll) indebted to a ruthless crime boss (Billy Crudup, in full Bond villain mode). This movie hooked me at the opening scene and never let go.

    The performances are great and it's an awesome throwback to 70s crime dramas. I'm gushing over this movie. It's awesome, everyone must check it out.

  • Eat Your Bones

    Eat Your Bones 2014

    ★★ Watched 28 Jun, 2015

    About a group of French gypsies before the baptism of one of them and the release of his brother from prison, I wanted to like this movie but not much interesting happened.

  • Patch Town

    Patch Town 2014

    ★½ Watched 26 Jun, 2015

    It's basically "Brazil" meets a Jean-Pierre Jeunet movie but with songs.

    Problem is, the songs aren't particularly memorable and the movie just ends up being forgettable in general. I wanted to like it, I really did but there are so many better high concept movies out there.

  • Stop the Pounding Heart

    Stop the Pounding Heart 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 26 Jun, 2015

    A vague, original coming-of-age movie that is beautiful to look at, with nary a story in sight.

    The film tells of Sara, a homeschooled 14-year old from a family of goat farmers and also Colby, the "boy next door", if you will, a bull rider from a more redneck family (there's a scene where a pregnant woman shoots a gun.... yep, this is Texas).

    Starting with a eerily relevant scene involving a kid and a confederate flag, this is must watch viewing for fans of directors like Terrence Malick (this movie is very Malickian).

    So Joe DiCanio.... watch it :)

  • Pernicious

    Pernicious 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 25 Jun, 2015

    Though best known for churning out schlocky horror films like "Blood Lake" and "13/13/13" for The Asylum, James Cullen Bressack, a director I quite admire returns to his "To Jennifer" roots with another high-quality horror morality tale called "Pernicious", a film reminiscent of "The Babadook".

    Ciara Hanna, Emily O'Brien and Jackie Moore are all gangbusters in the lead 3 roles, though I have a soft spot for the gorgeous Ciara Hanna as Alex.

    This is a supernatural horror movie, which is normally not my jam but it's quite good. Check it out.

  • Manglehorn

    Manglehorn 2014

    ★½ Watched 25 Jun, 2015

    David Gordon Green certainly succeeds at his attempt to return to his "let's ape Terry Malick" roots but this movie with it's never-ending Al Pacino voiceover and lack of Pacino as his beloved "Shouty Al" persona, is just plain bland.

    Maybe it's because I'm more of a dog person?

  • The Face of an Angel

    The Face of an Angel 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 23 Jun, 2015

    This new Michael Winterbottom film based very loosely on the Amanda Knox case is his odd take on Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman's "Adaptation" only there's no Donald Winterbottom or even Michael, just a cokeheaded filmmaker played by Daniel Bruhl who is having a hard time adapting the true crime story of a Knox-like murder suspect and who gets to hook up with both Kate Beckinsale's investigative reporter and Cara Delevigne's adorable waitress/aspiring actress, all while longing to be reunited…

  • A Deadly Adoption

    A Deadly Adoption 2015

    ★½ Watched 21 Jun, 2015

    Will Ferrell and Kristin Wiig starring in a straight-faced lifetime movie that tries to be the ultimate Lifetime movie.

    So straight-faced that it has many people on Twitter confused as to whether to take it seriously or not, I like subtle satire but this is basically just a lifetime movie. That's it. Yeah, it's absurd and stars big names Ferrell (looking like Chuck Norris btw) and Wiig but it only proves how much better she is at acting than he is. She's great in this but the movie itself is so bland and straight-faced and taking itself way too seriously.