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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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 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?

  • Frances Ha 2013

    ★★★★★ 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.

    Sorry.

  • 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).

  • Beasts of the Southern Wild 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 28 Jul, 2012

    "There once was a Hushpuppy and she lived with her daddy in the bathtub"

    Don't get me wrong, I totally dug "Beasts of the Southern Wild", which has been hailed as one of the year's best by many a critic but the film, which plays like Malick's "Tree of Life" in (a fictional part of) New Orleans is very unsettling and filled with stark, near-gag inducing images I haven't experienced in a movie since Steve McQueen's "Hunger" (anything with bugs…

  • 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!

  • Safety Not Guaranteed 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 18 Jun, 2012

    "Safety Not Guaranteed" is perhaps way too simple a movie.

    Based very loosely on a real (but tongue-in-cheek) classified ad, the film is about a magazine writer and his 2 interns who go to investigate an ad placed by a seemingly mentally disturbed man (Mark Duplass) who believes he has invented a time machine and is looking for someone to go with him.

    The writer does none of the work and instead hooks up with an ex-girlfriend while his intern…

  • We Need to Talk About Kevin 2011

    ★★★★½ Watched 17 Mar, 2012

    Acclaimed Scottish Director Lynne Ramsay's own unique take on the "evil kid" subgenre of film (IE. The Omen, Joshua, The Bad Seed, Orphan) is a visually sumptuous unnerving tale of a mother and her truely evil child. Swinton is off-the-charts here (why wasn't she Oscar nominated?) and Ezra Miller is creepy perfection as Kevin, Swinton's "demon spawn". This is a very good movie even though it is depressing. Definately not the feel-goodmovie of the year as it will probably make you never want to have children of your own.

  • RoboCop 2014

    ★★ Watched 12 Jul, 2014

    "Cause I don't want no Robocop
    You moving like a Robocop
    When did you become a Robocop
    Now I don't need no Robocop"
    - Kanye West

    Kanye West put it perfectly. Jose Padilha's very "studio" remake of Paul Verhoeven's seminal satire "Robocop" misses the point almost entirely, replacing all the pointed satire and anti-corporate humor of the original with a very self-serious hodgepodge of revenge movie and "The Wire", even though there is a little humor in the movie thanks…

  • Young Adult 2011

    ★★★★½ Watched 24 Mar, 2012

    I hated "Juno". I thought I hated Diablo Cody in general (everybody hates "Jennifer's Body" and her tv show with Toni Collette got old fast) but I really liked this movie even though it is repetitive. It's a different beast than "Juno": less quippy yet also meaner. It reminds me of a cross between "Misery" and "Fatal Attraction" but done as a comedy. That comparison makes no sense now but once you see the movie it will.