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  • Home Alone

    Home Alone 1990

    ★½ Watched 07 Dec, 2016 1

    Well, at least I didn't hate it as much as A Christmas Story.

  • Arbitrage

    Arbitrage 2012

    ★★½ Watched 05 Dec, 2016

    A very rich man gets away with fraud and covering up a death.
    I know, eh?
    But Richard Gere is good in it, so there's that.

  • Gimme Shelter

    Gimme Shelter 1970

    Watched 22 Nov, 2016 8

    My rating should prove that I'm not a huge Stones fan, never have been. But I am a fan of film, and I know how to distinguish between decent film-making and something else.

    Except in this case, it seems.

    Having the camera on the members of the band while they do this or that or the other thing with zero engagement is nothing other than seriously boring. It's the modern equivalent of listening to someone go on and on about…

  • MASH

    MASH 1970

    ★★★★½ Watched 10 Nov, 2016

    Loved it.

    Most noteworthy: sexism hasn't changed at all since 1970.
    At all.

  • Zacma: Blindness

    Zacma: Blindness 2016

    ★★★★★ Watched 11 Sep, 2016 5

    It is said that without God all is permitted.
    Could be. I don't know about such big things.

    What I do know is one consequence of rejecting God - people don't know what to do with guilt, and more importantly their need for forgiveness.

    There is nothing secular that can explain it adequately. Some say that guilt comes with God so it disappears with him as well. Others don't throw out the baby with the bathwater. They keep the notion…

  • Cup of Love

    Cup of Love 2016

    Watched 29 Sep, 2016 5

    Even as background while working this was just awful.
    100% Paint By Numbers crap. Even the background of growing and roasting coffee couldn't help it in the least (and I roast coffee!).

  • Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War 2016

    ★★ Watched 24 Sep, 2016 7

    Part of the post-tiff decompression week.

    Whoa that's a lot of bangs! This one might have fared better had I worked my way up to it a little more easily. You can't go from Paterson and Certain Women to this without at least 5 or 6 thriller/actioners in between.

    There were a few things I liked about Captain America: Civil War. I appreciated that they addressed the elephant in the room: the fact that these actioners go about pretending to…

  • Money Monster

    Money Monster 2016

    ★★★ Watched 22 Sep, 2016 8

    This was exactly what I needed: post-tiff check your brains at the door entertainment. No subtitles, no long pauses, no silences, just pure Hollywood, tropes and all. The kind of Hollywood that isn't going for an Oscar. The kind that just entertains. You could do a lot worse than watching this one.

    George Clooney, a show-man anchor for an investment TV show gets more than he bargained for when an irate investor shows up in the studio. Julia Roberts, the…

  • Paterson

    Paterson 2016

    ★★★★★ Watched 12 Sep, 2016 3

    The Intro and Q&A to my screening.

    Lovely. Just lovely.
    It is simple, beautiful ode to love as it manifests itself in the real world of regular working people. A love letter to all the passionate people of the world, wherever and however that passion manifests itself.

    Art doesn't belong in a museum, poetry isn't in dusty books of yore, these are alive and well at 213 Main Street of every town of every country. Wherever someone brings a notebook…

  • Free Fire

    Free Fire 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 09 Sep, 2016 4

    September 9th, 2016.
    That is the day that I finally liked a Ben Wheatley film.
    I've seen most. I kept watching his films because even though I didn't like any of them, he was always surprising and inventive and creative and if we don't watch films for that I don't know why we watch films.

    I was rewarded with Free Fire and holy smokes did I have a grand ol' time with that one. Part Reservoir Dogs part Shoot Em'…

  • Certain Women

    Certain Women 2016

    ★★★★★ Watched 17 Sep, 2016 4

    I haven't seen Meek's Cutoff. While I loved Wendy and Lucy and Kelly Reichardt was on my 'list' of directors, Meek's cutoff scared me. It seemed so, I don't know, so slow, and I like Tarr and Tarkovsky! I selected this as a TIFF film anyway. Had to. I like the director enough and the cast alone... Then I was told by friends who saw it before I did at TIFF that it was more like Meek's Cutoff. No choice,…

  • Moonlight

    Moonlight 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 17 Sep, 2016 8

    Moonlight is a beautiful character study of a young boy turned teenager turned adult who is a fragile soul and has no ambition and just lives life the way most of us do. At one point we all end up somewhere wondering if any of the forks we took were good or bad or if we actually chose the side we took - maybe we just followed the well-trodden path, the path most taken.

    There is a scene near the…