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  • Wild 2014

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 12 Jan, 2015

    After falling in love with this film from watching the screener dvd last month, we finally took in a big screen viewing. Not surprisingly, it was far more powerful in a theatrical setting and I noticed so many more details.

    I also appreciated the dreamlike state of it and the flashback structure a lot more this time. I don't think the movie is without its problems, but it's a remarkable journey highlighted by Witherspoon's best performance of her career.

    If that's not enough, Laura Dern made me cry multiple times.

    Oh, there's nothing I don't get, believe me. But then what?

  • The Interview 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 04 Jan, 2015

    Absurd and undoubtedly the weakest collaboration thus far between Franco and Rogen, but it still had plenty of legit belly laughs for me. Loved the music synchs too, especially Bowie's "I'm Afraid Of Americans" and Sister Nancy's "Bam Bam."

  • Starred Up 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 02 Jan, 2015

    Jack O'Connell gives a remarkable performance in this gritty British prison drama. He's virtually unrecognizable from how he looks in Unbroken and I'd like to see him take on some roles where he doesn't get the shit beaten out of him over and over again. Bonus points for copious full-frontal nudity.

    Not gonna lie, we had to turn on the closed captions 10 minutes in to the movie because we couldn't understand anything that was being said, but it was well worth it.

  • The Skeleton Twins 2014

    ★★★★ Rewatched 01 Jan, 2015

    Hader & Wiig are outstanding in this somber dramedy. I honestly thing I enjoyed it more on this second viewing. It's a difficult story that could easily be mishandled, but it all (mostly) works here.

  • Romancing the Stone 1984

    ★★★ Watched 01 Jan, 2015

    As a producer, Michael Douglas stepped in to star when other casting efforts failed. This movie made Kathleen Turner a star and is fairly entertaining, but these characters are forever stuck in the shadow of Indiana Jones.

  • The Jewel of the Nile 1985

    ★½ Watched 01 Jan, 2015

    Ah, the 80s. Those halcyon days when blockbuster movies didn't even attempt to hide that they were racist as fuck. Romancing The Stone was pretty fun, but this was downright painful and cringeworthy.

  • Wir waren Könige 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Oct, 2014

    Crime procedurals are a dime a dozen on network television these days, but there somehow seem to be countless untold stories left to tell. In this intricate and gripping German thriller, director Philipp Leinemann delivers a sprawling cast and a story with so many twists and turns you may need a road map.

    Kevin (Ronald Zehrfeld) and Mendes (Misel Maticevic) are in charge of a German SWAT team in “The Kings Surrender.” As the film opens, they’re getting ready to…

  • Unbroken 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Dec, 2014

    Earlier this year, Louie Zamperini died at the age of 97. He was the son of Italian immigrants, born in 1917 in New York state. His family relocated to Torrance, California where he was on the verge of becoming a hooligan until his older brother Pete got him involved with the school track team. By the time he was 19, he had qualified for the 1936 Berlin Olympics in the 5000-meter race.

    An entire feature-length film could probably be made…

  • Can't Buy Me Love 1987

    ★★½ Rewatched 20 Dec, 2014

    I can objectively say this is an awful movie, but it remains a favorite from when I was growing up. The newly remastered HD version on Netflix looks INCREDIBLE.

  • The Gambler 2014

    ★★½ Watched 08 Dec, 2014

    John Goodman saved this from being a complete mess for me.

  • Virunga 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 09 Dec, 2014

    This powerfully provocative documentary from Netflix is about a national park in the Congo that is threatened by rebel fighting and a British corporation looking to exploit the region for oil is at times difficult to watch. The film focuses on a small group of park rangers working in a refuge for gorillas whose parents are killed by poachers. Be warned, there is some graphic footage of the violence in the region and the aftermath of poachers who have killed elephants and gorillas inside the national park.

  • Selma 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 08 Dec, 2014

    A proper review to follow upon release, but I was blown away by this. Ava DuVernay's direction is spot-on and it never takes a misstep. David Oyelowo's performance is the stuff of legends and Bradford Young proves yet again that he's one of the greatest working DPs. Even the smallest roles are expertly cast and the film has a strength that is worthy of its subject. A remarkable achievement in storytelling.