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  • Nine to Five

    Nine to Five 1980

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Aug, 2015

    Those fantasy sequences in the middle kind of interrupt the flow of the film, but c'mon. It all just works, mostly because this film has a perfect cast. Jane, Lily and Dolly are the greatest! It's jarring to see how much has changed, but also what hasn't changed very much at all when it comes to the glass ceiling and how woman are often treated in the workplace.

    It was great fun to see this with a crowd of almost 200 people - my first big screen viewing. There were moments where you couldn't even get the next lines of dialogue because the audience was roaring.

  • The Brood

    The Brood 1979

    ★★★★ Watched 02 Aug, 2015

    I've struggled with early Cronenberg, but this one blew me away. Pair it with THE BABADOOK for a Mother's Day double feature you won't soon forget.

  • They Live

    They Live 1988

    ★★★½ Watched 02 Aug, 2015

    Eerily prescient (and explains so much about the modern Republican party), but the ending is almost outrageously abrupt after the slow build-up. I needed a touch more of a conclusion.

  • 7 Days in Hell

    7 Days in Hell 2015

    ★★★ Watched 09 Jul, 2015

    "Why do you smell like fire?"

    "Because I rage inside like a furnace."

    I'm not proud of how much I laughed at this mockumentary but, holy hell, it's gloriously stupid.

  • Amy

    Amy 2015

    ★★½ Watched 07 Jul, 2015 1

    There is a trend in contemporary documentary filmmaking to use whatever footage can be scrounged about from the internet, no matter how poorly-sourced and unwatchable, so that it can be included in a film presumably under fair use so it doesn't have to be licensed. There's a lot of that in Amy.

    Asif Kapadia eschews the typical "talking head" style doc almost entirely in favor of home movies, raw footage captured by digital cameras and the aforementioned internet clips (some…

  • The Devils

    The Devils 1971

    ★★★★½ Watched 24 Jun, 2015

    THE DEVILS was truly a mindblowing experience on the big screen. The print was in ridiculously good shape (a little rough at the reel changes, otherwise at times it was damn near flawless) and it was fascinating to watch with a sold out crowd.

    It makes the attempts by WB to keep the film out of circulation seem all the more absurd to me now. It still retains some legit shock value, but it's nowhere near as blasphemous as THE…

  • Manglehorn

    Manglehorn 2014

    ★★ Watched 03 Jul, 2015 1

    I'm consistently interested by the work of David Gordon Green, but movies like this make me wonder why. Al Pacino is terribly miscast, Holly Hunter is underutilized and the editing/pacing damn near gave me a panic attack. There are parts of all the performances that were enjoyable, but this was a huge disappointment.

  • Lava

    Lava 2014

    ½ Watched 21 Jun, 2015

    The worst Pixar short ever?! Painful.

  • Tangerine

    Tangerine 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 17 Jun, 2015

    I knew next to nothing about this movie going in. I had only heard it featured leads who were not professional actors and that it was shot on three iPhones with anamorphic lenses added on, which made me nervous. My Samsung Galaxy phone, after all, can barely take a clear photo, never mind shoot a feature-length film.

    This isn't the early days of digital video with washed out, pixellated films like Tadpole and Chuck and Buck, Tangerine looks incredible. It's…

  • Blackhat

    Blackhat 2015

    ★★★ Watched 08 May, 2015

    You know a movie is pretty ridiculous when Chris Hemsworth as a mastermind hacker is NOT the most ludicrous storyline element. That said, hurrah for diverse casting choices and dynamic cinematography.

  • Welcome to Me

    Welcome to Me 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 06 May, 2015

    In her seven seasons as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, Kristen Wiig became known for an array of bizarre recurring characters and for taking on difficult and highly memorable impressions (Bjork, Kathie Lee Gifford and Suze Orman spring immediately to mind). She's done her fair share of comedic film work, but in the last few years has really found her niche in indie dramadies. With The Skeleton Twins and Hateship Loveship under her belt, Wiig now appears in…

  • Cobain: Montage of Heck

    Cobain: Montage of Heck 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 05 May, 2015

    There are a million ways to tell the story of Kurt Cobain and director Brett Morgen doesn't take the most obvious route. It's fascinating that so many home movies, drawings and audio recordings were available to reconstruct his life. It creates an unflinching portrait of a man determined to carve his own path in the world, but who was never truly comfortable in his own skin, never mind with the success he would have.

    This documentary has an incredible raw…