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  • Her 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 20 Jan, 2014

    Spike Jonze once again wowed me with this subtly dystopian exploration of isolation and connectedness in a near-future world. The pace is unrushed, the ideas razor-sharp, and the story somehow utterly believable - I think because it focuses microscopically on the inner thoughts and feelings of the characters, whose faces (those who have one, anyway) the camera seems to want to sink into, the close-ups are so devoted. The set design too is inspired, as is the acting, perhaps most…

  • Much Ado About Nothing 1993

    ★★★ Rewatched 25 Jan, 2014

    Joss Whedon's 2012 version of Shakespeare's famous comedy got good of word of mouth, so I thought I'd revist Kenneth Branagh's early-90's version before taking in the most recent adaptation. It is as I recall it: entertaining enough, with some great acting, but a bit forced-feeling. The merry-making seems staged to distraction at points and the repeated use of the "Sigh no more, ladies" verses as song becomes a bit tedious. Denzel Washington, Branagh and (his then-wife) Emma Thompson are…

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  • Neighbors 1981

    ★★ Added

    I didn't find it funny in the 80s and I still don't, no matter how much I want to.

  • I'm Still Here 2010

    Watched 24 Jan, 2014

    Phoenix finally convinced me he's a great actor in "The Master" and was equally great in "Her" so I thought I'd give this mockumentary a whirl. I've got a three-word review for it: I'm not interested. I still think he's a skilled actor, only here he's skilled at being ceaselessly unbearable. To me, the only 2 entertaining things about this whole trope (of mocking reality shows by living one and filming it) are Letterman's quip "I'm so sorry you couldn't be here with us tonight" and Ben Stiller's impression of disheveled "J.P." at the Oscars.