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  • Bad Santa 2

    Bad Santa 2 2016

    ★★ Watched 30 Nov, 2016

    Arriving 13 years after the original, this belated sequel to Terry Zwigoff's 2003 cult classic BAD SANTA is enough to prove that perhaps we didn't need more of the same after all. The original BAD SANTA is a terrific film, a gleefully misanthropic take on the Christmas season and all of banal traditions and cliches. But it also had a heart beating at the center of its profane exterior, one that lifted it above mere nihilism gave it a deeper…

  • Bad Santa

    Bad Santa 2003

    ★★★★ Rewatched 28 Nov, 2016

    Terry Zwigoff's gleefully misanthropic black comedy, BAD SANTA, remains one of my favorite Christmas movies. What sets it apart from the other films that tried to emulate its flagrantly un-PC crassness is that beneath its bawdy, profane exterior beats a surprisingly tender heart. Sure it's irreverent and unsentimental at every turn, but that's what makes it work. Zwigoff is a great filmmaker who has an innate understanding of disaffected misfits, and that shows in every frame here. BAD SANTA never…

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  • American Sniper

    American Sniper 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 20 Nov, 2014 1

    Clint Eastwood is perhaps one of the most quintessentially American directors, so it is no surprise that he chose to tackle such a quintessential story of American heroism, in the form of Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL credited with being the deadliest sniper in US history. In the process, Eastwood delivers his finest film since GRAN TORINO, and one of the very best films yet to deal with the Iraq war. He presents us with a man who represents the…

  • The Way He Looks

    The Way He Looks 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 12 Nov, 2014

    Blind teenager Leo and Giovana are the best of friends and constant companions. But when handsome stranger Gabriel moves to town, his presence threatens to come between them, as Leo finds himself more and more romantically drawn to Gabriel in ways he never thought possible. A tender and beautiful coming of age tale that perfectly captures teenage romantic angst and sexual awakening in a very real and honest way. Sensual without feeling exploitative, THE WAY HE LOOKS is a wonderful film, a truly touching love story that captures growing up in all of its messy, awkward, sometimes painful beauty.