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  • Monty Python Live (Mostly) 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 13 Nov, 2014

    The much-trumpeted, best-selling reunion/farewell show from immortal English comedy troupe Monty Python, staged at London’s 02 arena and simulcast to theaters around the world, is available now on DVD and Blu-ray for us Pythonites who couldn’t quite motivate ourselves out of our homes, and it’s a treat—mostly. It runs a bit too long (two and a quarter hours), primarily due to vintage clips used to smooth out transitions in the live show, but certainly not necessary in this format; and…

  • Tango & Cash 1989

    ★★ Rewatched 14 Nov, 2014

    Nothing makes a helluva lot of sense in 'Tango & Cash,' but you don’t get much of an impression that anyone was concerned with such matters as logic — when you’ve got Stallone and Russell in a buddy movie, you can probably put in a bunch of oddball touches and gay subtext without anybody paying much mind, so long as they’re surrounded by the requisite number of building explosions and wacky one-liners.


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  • Under the Skin 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Mar, 2014

    A beautiful, bizarre, and occasionally troubling bit of abstract art-house sci-fi in the Beyond the Black Rainbow vein from director Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth). Scarlett Johansson (who appears in just about every frame) plays a well-disguised alien creature who picks up men and devours them; some have dismissed the picture as an indie riff on Species, but if the narrative is derivative and a tad monotonous, there’s something intoxicating about the fluidity of Glazer’s striking images and the mood he manages to sustain throughout the peculiar tale.

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  • Boyhood 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 20 Jan, 2014

    Richard Linklater and his cast shot this chronicle of a young man’s life in bits and pieces over 12 years, a narrative feat all but unparalleled in modern cinema. But the great pleasure of Boyhood is how its tremendous ambition is belied by the picture’s charming modesty; in its pacing and approach, it is very much in the shambling vein of the Before trilogy and Slacker. It also shares those films’ verbosity, its characters frequently engaging in searching conversations about…