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  • Berberian Sound Studio 2012

    ★★½ Watched 15 Dec, 2013

    Conceptually fascinating, I found the film itself to be ultimately pretty tedious.

  • The Iceman 2012

    ★★½ Watched 16 Dec, 2013

    A good performance from Michael Shannon, but the film overall feels like it aspires to be a Martin Scorsese movie, but can't achieve that aspiration because, well, it's not a Martin Scorsese movie.

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  • Pacific Rim 2013

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 24 Oct, 2013

    A very different experience at home than in the theatre, despite a pretty big TV and good speakers — it's a film that aspires to, and usually achieves, hugeness, and as such the bigger the screen, the better. (I'm sorry not to have seen it on IMAX, and I rarely say that.)

    But in the smaller, more intimate space of the living room, it revealed new wonders. The story and characters remain as predictable/familiar as before, but there's a certain…

  • 8 Million Ways to Die 1986

    ★★½ Watched 01 Apr, 2013

    Hal Ashby's final film, reportedly taken from him at the end of production, so what survives is not his edit. It probably would have been better if he'd had full control, but I've always found his films lugubrious, so I didn't really notice (this is among the more lugubrious crime movies of its era). Jeff Bridges' performance as struggling-to-get-sober ex-cop Matt Scudders is excellent, though, and the other actors are at least tolerable. Rosanna Arquette tries hard but mostly just…