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  • Maps to the Stars 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 01 Mar, 2015

    Everything's research on some level.

    Julianne Moore's go for broke performance anchors this scathing satire of Hollywood.

  • Fifty Shades of Grey 2015

    Watched 28 Feb, 2015

    To be fair, we watched this get ripped apart live by the Master Pancake crew and I think that 15-20 minutes were cut out in the middle, but this is one of the worst things I've ever seen.

    Decent cinematography and soundtrack, but when you combine it with horrible acting and the least sexy scenes you've ever seen, it's a total trainwreck. THIS bullshit makes women horny?

  • Leviathan 2014

    ★★★ Watched 21 Feb, 2015

    Gorgeous cinematography, but I have no idea how this was nominated over FORCE MAJEURE.

  • Lady Sings the Blues 1972

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Feb, 2015

    Diana Ross was nominated for Best Actress at the Academy Awards for her performance as legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday. Fresh off of leaving The Supremes, it was a bold, brave choice. She performs all of the songs herself without trying to merely mimic Billie. She has some very difficult scenes of being strung out on drugs and one very powerful scene of colliding with the KKK while on tour.

    I struggled a little bit at the beginning when a…

  • The Judge 2014

    ★★ Watched 21 Feb, 2015

    The cliché factory this was created in must have burned down to the ground afterwards because there couldn't possibly be any left to use.

  • Reality Bites 1994

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 09 Feb, 2015

    He's weird, he's strange, he's sloppy, he's a total nightmare for women...I can't believe I haven't slept with him yet.

  • The Hunger 1983

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 04 Feb, 2015

    Undead

    Undead

    Undead

  • Speed Racer 2008

    ★★★½ Watched 03 Feb, 2015

    Viewed on Blu-ray, far removed from the critical drubbing of its original release, it's hard to believe this candy-coated flick ever got the greenlight. Even several years later, it looks amazing. It's goofy, but charming, retaining the spirit of the Japanese animation that inspired it. Insane casting and even more insane racing sequences make this a fun watch.

  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers 1954

    ★★★ Watched 01 Feb, 2015

    It was a treat to see this gorgeously-shot widescreen musical on the big screen in a decent 35mm print, but HOLY SHIT. It's so sexist (not to mention rapey) that it was difficult to view it through the lens of attitudes during its original release (where it was nominated for Best Picture) and just enjoy it. My jaw was on the floor more often than not.

  • Goodbye to Language 3D 2014

    ★½ Watched 01 Feb, 2015

    Intolerable cinematic masturbation. I'm glad that Godard is still fucking with the system, but count me as officially uninterested.

  • 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."