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  • Groundhog Day 1993

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 21 Aug, 2014

    Groundhog Day was one of many movies I had seen over the years in parts, out of order, on television. I had always meant to sit down and watch it properly from start to finish, but I never did. In watching it sporadically, I was never enamored with it. Maybe the concept didn't grab me, or perhaps it was something else. I was never really a big fan of Andie McDowell. Yet all through the years, friends and colleague sang…

  • Grand Piano 2013

    ★★½ Watched 21 Aug, 2014

    This is a frustrating movie. I love the premise and Eugenio Mira's direction is tense, moody, and energetically paced. However, Damien Chazelle's screenplay never quite lives up to its potential. The story is stuck in a limbo between made-for-TV and Hitchcock. Aided by a smart, dedicated performance from Elijah Wood, not to mention attractive production values and terrific classical music, Grand Piano undoubtedly holds our attention for 80 minutes or so.

    The script floats along steadily, but ends up sinking…

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  • Boyhood 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 05 Aug, 2014 2

    Mason,
    I wanted to give you something for your birthday that money couldn’t buy, something that only a father could give a son, like a family heirloom.
    This is the best I could do. Apologies in advance. I present to you: THE BEATLES’ BLACK ALBUM.

    I've already begun to compile my playlist.

    I'm afraid I won't add to any of the compliments and praise already afforded to Richard Linklater's Boyhood. Some might say I'm too generous at times with regard…

  • The Wolf of Wall Street 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 27 Dec, 2013

    "I'm never eating at Benihana again. I don't care whose birthday it is."

    The Wolf of Wall Street, Scorsese's 23rd feature and his 5th collaboration with Leonardo DiCaprio, is just damn brilliant.

    It is one of the best films of the year. Every cast and crew member is firing on all cylinders. I was tempted to say this is DiCaprio's Goodfellas in terms of his tenure under Scorsese's wing because it has more in common with that, but from a…