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  • 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 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.