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  • Lava

    Lava 2015

    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…

  • Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

    Kurt 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…

  • Roar

    Roar 1981

    ★★★★ Watched 02 May, 2015

    One of the most batshit crazy movies I've ever seen in my life. I spent the entire film incredibly anxious, just waiting for somebody to get ripped apart by a wild cat, even though I knew that wasn't going to happen. I cannot imagine that a film like this could ever be made again, nor should it be...but that doesn't make this any less fascinating.

  • Dior and I

    Dior and I 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 05 Apr, 2015

  • Kicking and Screaming

    Kicking and Screaming 1995

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 31 Mar, 2015

    Viewed in a nearly pristine original theatrical print - it was oddly nostalgic to see that old Trimark logo on the big screen.

  • Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

    Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 29 Mar, 2015

    HBO is pretty damn ballsy to have aired GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF. It wasn't a perfect doc, but how can you tell the full story when people who come out against the "church" are stalked and attacked (L. Ron called them "squirrels"!)

    If Nicole Kidman, Katie Holmes, and Leah Remini (among others) would go on camera and talk about these nutters, it would be riveting. Buuuuuuuut you know they have non-disclosure agreements tighter than Nicole's face…

  • Wild Tales

    Wild Tales 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 29 Mar, 2015

    The deepest, darkest black comedy that I've seen in ages. I laughed really hard at things that I felt I shouldn't be laughing at, but couldn't help it. I'm not usually a fan of anthology films, but this one just nails it in every way. Highly recommended.

    It's best to go into this one knowing as little as possible, but I suspect that Sony Pictures Classics are sweating the opening sequence a little bit.

  • All Things Must Pass

    All Things Must Pass 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Mar, 2015

    I must admit, I got a little emotional during this documentary from Colin Hanks about the rise & fall of Tower Records. Mostly because it's been five years now since was shuttered and there was a lot I could relate to in this story.

    The music industry's glory days are long gone now, but it was really interesting to learn about Tower's humble beginnings. Tower transformed from a family business into one of the largest global music retailers in a…

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