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  • Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 07 Oct, 2014

    "what about my side?"

  • Panic Room 2002

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Sep, 2014

    further proof (if it was needed) that Fincher can elevate even the cheapest b-movie script to something graceful and exciting while still retaining its nastiness - a study of architecture more than a study of crime.

  • The Deer Hunter 1978

    ★½ Watched 14 Sep, 2014

    I don't see what there is about this that makes it anything more than a (visually and narratively) simplistic "war changes people" parable.

    People obviously do, so I guess it's on me and Michael Cimino just isn't my kind of filmmaker. But hey, at least I made it to the end of this one.

  • Dust in the Wind 1987

    ★★★½ Watched 20 Aug, 2014

    the directions the trains are travelling is *everything* in this movie

  • The Thin Blue Line 1988

    ★★★½ Rewatched 16 Aug, 2014

    generally find it hard to trust documentaries, especially those which fight a specific corner (Blackfish, Michael Moore, etc), but this leaves a sour taste in the mouth for different reasons - the clarity with which Morris presents the facts of the case is enthralling, coming across like In Cold Blood if Perry Smith was innocent, even when the talking heads/reconstruction approach is kind of perfunctory.

  • Moneyball 2011

    ★★★ Watched 09 Aug, 2014

    simplistic to a fault, but damn, I can't resist a sports movie

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2011

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 19 Jul, 2014 4

    took me three watches to get it, but fuck, this movie is major.

  • Millennium Actress 2001

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 13 Jul, 2014

    interesting comparison between this and The Wind Rises: both life-spanning stories about the pursuit of love through art that question the subtle differences between happiness and fulfillment.

  • Miss Oyu 1951

    ★★★★ Watched 29 Jun, 2014

    "I never realised how heavy this kimono was."


  • 22 Jump Street 2014

    ★★★ Watched 18 Jun, 2014

    "Fuck you, doves"

  • Dressed to Kill 1980

    ★★★★½ Watched 03 Jun, 2014 1

    warrants further investigation, but I was struck by the silence, and how De Palma gives us everything visually - kind of like Vertigo, which was presumably as much of a touchstone as Psycho, if not more so. Obviously this isn't unusual for De Palma, but it felt more pronounced in this than it has in the others of his I've seen.

  • 21 Jump Street 2012

    ★★★ Watched 26 May, 2014

    this movie will never not make me laugh