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  • The Spectacular Now

    The Spectacular Now 2013

    ★★½ Watched 26 Jan, 2014

    A pretty mature script with some good performances, but a bit predictable in the unveiling of the central conflicts. Ultimately not my type of movie to begin with, so there's probably some downward bias in my rating.

  • Frances Ha

    Frances Ha 2013

    ½ Watched 23 Jan, 2014

    I didn't laugh; I didn't give a shit about any character that appeared in the film (at best I disliked some of them, but for most, simply apathy); I didn't feel any concern over any outcome of any conflict (not that I even really perceived a conflict worthy of my attention or concern)... Basically, I found zero entertainment that could be derived from this. Most of the time I can understand the praise a film gets even when I don't enjoy it, but with this, I just don't get it.

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  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975

    ★★★★½ Watched 31 Jul, 2012 1

    Alternates between being hilarious (some of Nicholson's dialogue is gut-punchingly funny and is delivered along with a physical presence that only enhances the humor), being hopeful and uplifting, and being tragically sad.

    Nicholson is a delight throughout the film. Probably my 2nd favorite role of his, behind his turn as the Joker, and ahead of Melvin Udall (from As Good As It Gets).

    Nurse Ratched is one of the most interesting "villains" I've encountered in a film. She doesn't…

  • Pain & Gain

    Pain & Gain 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 15 Aug, 2013

    This is the type of movie that Michael Bay needs to be spending more of his time on. Funny throughout and often just plain hilarious. Wahlberg, The Rock, and Mackie all deliver and have great comedic temperament for this kind of over-the-top affair. The Rock, especially, has found his calling.