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  • Birdman

    Birdman 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 14 Nov, 2014

    I saw "Laggies", "Nightcrawler" and "Birdman" all in the same day. "Laggies" was ok but slight, "Nightcrawler" was great and featured a knock 'em out performance by Gyllenhaal but "Birdman" was as close to a masterpiece as you'll see at a multiplex theater this year, a crackling satire about celebrity, fame, ego and Michael Keaton's career as well as a rollicking comedy that reinvents what we see as cinema with an Altmanesque charm. The film, with it's roving camera and…

  • Moonrise Kingdom

    Moonrise Kingdom 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 09 Jun, 2012

    "Moonrise Kingdom" seems very much like a throwback to the coming-of-age movies of yesteryear, the kind of movies about childhood they hardly make outside of Europe anymore.

    Of course, this is still a Wes Anderson movie so there are plenty of "Andersonian" quirks to set the film apart from, say, "The Blue Lagoon" or "Paradise".

    It's also IMHO Anderson's 2nd best movie, right after "The Royal Tannenbaums".

    "Moonrise Kingdom" focuses on a pair of "emotionally disturbed" children (a boy and…

  • Alien

    Alien 1979

    ★★★★★ Added

    In preparation for seeing "Prometheus", I watched "Alien" on Cinemax last night.

    It's a slow-burning methodical film that really holds up, even though some parts are so darned ubiquitous.

    "Prometheus" is almost certain to let me down now.....

  • The Cabin in the Woods

    The Cabin in the Woods 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 14 Apr, 2012 1

    I second everything Corey "Goon" Pierce said even though I liked it more than he did. Listen, this movie has been overhyped and overrated like crazy. This is not revolutionary, "game changing" filmmaking, it's just a pretty darn solid popcorn horror-comedy with good performances from Whitford, Jenkins and Fran Kranz as well as some cool cameos (although Jodelle Ferland is wasted which should be punishable by law!) I won't spoil the last half hour but the effects were terrible in…

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2011

    Watched 01 Apr, 2012

    I have to be honest: I only watched about an hour and hour minutes of this movie. I have nothing against slow movies but this was just totally BORING and I didn't care about the characters or the mystery in the least. For does who have seen it: Does it get better past the 1:11 mark?

  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 12 Jan, 2015

    A brilliant, near-nonsensical absurdist comedy from the master who made "The Master". Brilliant.

  • Foxcatcher

    Foxcatcher 2014

    ★½ Watched 11 Jan, 2015

    Cold and clinical and not in a good way. A chore.

  • Frances Ha

    Frances Ha 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 02 Jun, 2013

    Not much happens in Noah Baumbach's "Frances Ha" and I'm perfectly ok with that.

    I love movies where you just watch characters live their lives and Frances in "Frances Ha" lives a very Greta Gerwig-y life and that's because she is played by Greta Gerwig.

    We see Frances move several times and drift in and out of her life from "undateable" to possibly dateable.

    We see Frances go to Paris and other stuff, she goes back to like college and stuff too.

    Sorry I can't really describe the movie.


  • Only Lovers Left Alive

    Only Lovers Left Alive 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 23 Nov, 2014

    Upped to 5/5

  • The Theory of Everything

    The Theory of Everything 2014

    ★★ Watched 18 Feb, 2015

    Redmayne's performance as Proffesor Hawking is extraordinary. That being said, as a MOVIE "The Theory of Everything" is kind of a slog.

  • Hugo

    Hugo 2011

    ★★½ Added

    I get what Marty (do I have the right to call him Marty yet?) was trying to do but it feels way too much like a film about the history of film restoration/preservation (which I feel it is) and not enough of the Children's adventure that was advertised. Don't get me wrong, I like film preservation as much as the next guy but the stuff with Sacha Baron Cohen feels forced and I found Moretz' British accent unbearable at times and I like her a lot (though not as much as my mother does but that's another story for another time).

  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes

    Rise of the Planet of the Apes 2011

    ★★★★½ Added

    Honestly, it made me cry. Serkis was great and the film was much more emotional than I expected.

    Surprisingly enjoyable!