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  • Sleepless Night 2011

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Jan, 2015 9

    Whoa, what a ride this was. The set-up and the first full 30 minutes if not more are so full-on action and twisty and energetic that I almost forgot to breathe. Impeccable timing, perfect writing, great acting, just what a thriller ought to be. It pretty much sustains its energy until the end as well. The main character is chased around the nightclub a few too many times and the very last few minutes were extraneous, but that is pretty…

  • Birdman 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Jan, 2015 15

    Oh my gawd the drama, the DRAMA of it all. Poor former millionaire celebrity wants to be an arteest and it is so damned difficult! He is surrounded by "Ac-ting" and a daughter who hates her daddy because he wasn't around, and a critic who will squash his play with adjectives and he just can't stand it anymore.

    And I swear I have no clue why I liked the darned thing. In the first full half of the film I…

  • Edge of Tomorrow 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 09 Jan, 2015 22

    100% pure video game.
    You start the game with ammo you don't know how to use and along the way you get heavy armor to protect yourself.
    You don't know what you are going to encounter the first time when you get into the maze and you die in the first few minutes.
    You start over.
    You are still not sure how to use the weapons but you remember that if you turn left as soon as you get in…

  • Tulpan 2008

    ★★★ Watched 11 Apr, 2010

    Tulpan is a slow-paced, documentary-style film that zooms in on life in the middle of the desert. The mundane is clearly the star of this picture: you see how a family works, eats, sleeps, and entertains itself, all in and around their jurta (tent house). You see how they get supplies, how they travel, and even how they move to another home (they bring their 'house' with them). You see the family dynamics, how they interact with other families, and…

  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2014

    ★★★★ Rewatched 31 Dec, 2014 9

    It's much better in 3D.

    Happy New Year to all!

    (my first selfie!)

    My real review from a previous screening

  • It's Such a Beautiful Day 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 29 Dec, 2014 8

    Wow. This is what I'm talking about.
    A stick man in a bubble says more about us, life and our place in the world than hundreds of films combined.
    A stick man.
    In a bubble.

    Don Hertzfeldt has a wonderful story to tell. It is a story full of insight into a man's struggle with remembering what it is about life that he is supposed to remember. The beauty? People? Faces? Dreams? He grasps at each of them but they…

  • La dolce vita 1960

    ★★ Watched 28 Dec, 2014 24

    They are in the castle now and I just watched some drunks pretend to speak to spirits. I don't know how much time is left in the film, but I can't take it anymore. Jonathan is going back down to the theatre to finish it - after all, it is only right. I finished The Great Beauty when he walked out, it is only fair that he stick it out for this one.

    I was going to say that one…

  • Taken 2008

    ★★★ Watched 27 Dec, 2014

    I was truly surprised to see that this wasn't better than it was, and shocked at how easily it could have been.

    It is a shame that Taken spends so much time and energy in its beginning establishing exactly what is going to happen. We can read. We know what it is about. It is a shame that it plays itself out with so much predictability (the young woman who wants to party vs the innocent virginal one, among other…

  • The Muppet Christmas Carol 1992

    Watched 17 Dec, 2014 37

    This is the story of how Lise almost ruined Adam Cook's Christmas.

    - I don't like the muppets. I don't mind the frog dude, he seems ok in commercials and in 2001: A Space Odyssey, but together with a bunch of his like? I'm outta there.
    - I'm not being racist. I'm not singling out the muppets. I don't care for all puppets (except maybe for Oscar, and that's totally due to nostalgia and because he's grumpy).
    - I don't…

  • Persuasion 1995

    ★★★★ Rewatched 16 Dec, 2014 11

    I want to say that this is my favourite Austen novel, but I'm not sure I read it, or if I did, it was so long ago that I don't remember.

    I want to say that this is my favourite Austen-based film, and I think it is, but I am not quite ready to publicly admit that the Ehle/Firth version of Pride and Prejudice might not be the best thing ever.

    This much I can say: this is my favourite…

  • Adam's Apples 2005

    ★★★★ Watched 13 Dec, 2014 5

    I love this one. It wasn't always laugh out loud funny but when it was, goodness, was it ever! The dark humour is fantastic (my favourite kind) and it even gets into fairly mean humour at times (which I like even more). Mads and Ulrich were fantastic, but I shouldn't single them out because the entire cast was fabulous.

    When I looked up writer/director Anders Thomas Jensen on IMDB I was floored at how many films he had written. I…

  • Secret Sunshine 2007

    ★★½ Watched 11 Dec, 2014 5

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.