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  • Everest

    Everest 2015

    ★★★ Watched 06 Feb, 2016

    Surprisingly effective masculine melodrama that ascends quickly and then descends like a slow motion horror film. Good performances, restrained editing, insanely epic cinematography. The final third is a knockout.

  • Triple 9

    Triple 9 2016

    ★★½ Watched 23 Feb, 2016

    There's something interesting going on here, but I'm still struggling to pinpoint what that is exactly. It's a bleak, no-nonsense, bruising drama that, like LAWLESS, is multiple movies in one competing for attention. But the genre tensions more or less live within the same tonal register.

    Hillcoat creates a mosaic of warnings, escalations, unjustified violence committed to prove a point. For what? Our post-Iraq world is essentially a series of dead-ends, meager betrayals, shallow alliances between "brothers-in-arms." I'm fascinated by…

  • Crimson Peak

    Crimson Peak 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 20 Feb, 2016

    Sumptuous and rotten, beguiling and dangerous. Each frame contains a distinct sense of time and place, color and texture, but also a subterranean connection with an unspoken past.

    Fascinated by the dichotomy between American grit and British deceit, and how those labels are slowly dying away. Charlie Hunnam's character feels like the best of both worlds without any of the sinister trauma. To me, Chastain is the key here, at least to unlocking what Del Toro is trying to say…

  • 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.