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  • Hail, Caesar!

    Hail, Caesar! 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 02 Feb, 2016

    One strange cookie. Performance, profession & passing the time. Hollywood as one grandiose tangent factory. LA plays itself, so quietly. Alden Ehrenreich = MVP.

  • Raising Arizona

    Raising Arizona 1987

    ★★★★ Rewatched 16 Jan, 2016 1

    A 90 minute sprint with heart. Wile E. Coyote's got nothing on this one. "Diaper Heist" sequence one of the funniest, explosive things the Coen's have ever done.

  • The Treasure

    The Treasure 2015

    ★★★½ Rewatched 11 Jan, 2016

    A squealing metal detector, plodding inefficiency, short cuts, Robin Hood was never late, telling the truth to cover a lie, nesting crows + a few cases of shotgun shells = the Communist solution. Fools and gold. Men.

  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

    13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi 2016

    ★★½ Watched 12 Jan, 2016

    Coherent, precise action, soldiers who actually feel like soldiers (instinctual, pragmatic, doubtful), Dion Beebe's kinetic master shots, reality butting up against myth making, fear of the "other," Bay's worst impulses colliding with his best, saying goodbye to getting ugly, "The come down is the worst", nothing new, but also nothing wasted.

  • Run All Night

    Run All Night 2015

    ★★★ Watched 09 Mar, 2015

    Serra/Neeson extravaganza coming soon...

  • Merchants of Doubt

    Merchants of Doubt 2014

    ★★½ Watched 05 Mar, 2015

    Your run-of-the-mill lefty doc that is entertaining, somewhat balanced, and completely forgettable. A dime a dozen.

  • Chappie

    Chappie 2015

    ★★½ Watched 04 Mar, 2015

    What a strange movie. Borderline incompetent at times, then oddly affecting and intelligent at others. I think there's a pretty interesting statement about policing and injustice in this cinematic Frankenstein, but the narrative is so riddled with tonal shifts and plot turns it's hard to know for sure. The Jackman side plot really suffocates the insanely extended family element going on with Chappie and Dev and those crazy South African rappers. Still, I prefer this to Elysium's strained self-seriousness and incoherence and District 9's brazenly self-righteous narrative.

  • Dumb and Dumber To

    Dumb and Dumber To 2014

    ★★★ Watched 16 Feb, 2015

    A movie this passionately committed to such idiotic protagonists and inane reverie has to be admired. At least by me.

  • China Gate

    China Gate 1957

    ★★★★½ Watched 18 Feb, 2015

    About 100 years ahead of its time.

  • What We Do in the Shadows
  • Step Up All In

    Step Up All In 2014

    ★★★ Watched 19 Feb, 2015

    For the first 40 glorious minutes I thought this might be giving STEP UP 3D a run for its money, but alas once the story goes to Las Vegas all the momentum and energy gets funneled into cheesy romantic tropes. Still, this is a wonderful example of why the STEP UP series offers such a lovely and vibrant anecdote to what most of Hollywood stands for these days. Explosions of movement constructed in the name of genuine camaraderie, creation, and commitment.

  • Beyond the Lights

    Beyond the Lights 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Feb, 2015

    A personal & loving rebuke of fabricated imagery, false idols, & our current pop culture idiocracy. Wonderful and moving.