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  • Kundo: Age of the Rampant

    Kundo: Age of the Rampant 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Aug, 2015

    Bud, just chill. I'm a walking shitstorm.

    Director Yun Jong-bin wears his influences on his sleeve both in the storytelling and visual style in this South Korean period action film. You can spot some Kurosawa, a little Cheh and even some Leone and Tarantino.

    This doesn't create a visual or narrative mess though, instead the film manages to create it's own unique style by borrowing from so many sources, from the profanity, humor, violence, drama and beautiful visuals.


  • Cop Car

    Cop Car 2015

    ★★★ Watched 16 Aug, 2015

    Aim for the vest.

    Jon Watts started directing shorts almost 15 years ago before moving on to television, but it's the last 5 years (less even) that has seen his career takeoff. He made a fake trailer called Clown in 2010 with a producer credit going to Eli Roth as a joke. That got Roth's attention which lead him to produce the actual film Clown with Watts directing.

    That exposure then lead to Cop Car, which then led to…

  • Man Of Iron

    Man Of Iron 1972

    ★★★½ Watched 15 Aug, 2015

    He's an amateur. Not worth worrying about.
    -Yu Zhen-Ting

    Chen Kuan-tai stars as Qiu Lian-huan, a small time gangster with his own gang that has a tendency to rub the bigger bosses the wrong way due to his cockiness. Things really get violent when he decides he wants the girlfriend of the big boss's son and he decides to let everyone know about by crashing through their front door with his motorcycle.

    Chen is a charismatic bad ass with his…

  • Hurricane of Fun: The Making of Wet Hot

    Hurricane of Fun: The Making of Wet Hot 2015

    ★★★ Watched 15 Aug, 2015

    Snaps is the name of the game.
    -Michael Showalter

    This isn't a retrospective on Wet Hot American Summer, but actual behind the scenes footage and interviews conducted while the film was being made. What's so fun about it is the ridiculous amount of talent involved and the fact it was before almost everyone involved had become big movie and TV stars.

    It's basically them goofing off. Amy Poehler is especially cute in this devoid of ego.

  • Altman

    Altman 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 15 Aug, 2015

    The films that they want to make now, there films that I don't want to make and the films I DO want to make, they don't want to make.
    -Robert Altman

    After watching the grotesque Paul Williams Still Alive it was nice to see a documentary from a director (Ron Mann) that new how to celebrate an artist's work.

    It's nothing revolutionary, but it is a wonderful tribute and chronological look at the career of one of the most influential American directors in cinema.

  • The Sand Pebbles

    The Sand Pebbles 1966

    ★★★★½ Watched 14 Aug, 2015 4

    I was home. What happened? What the hell happened?
    -Jake Holman

    An incredible film! The production is just amazing. From the big set pieces featuring the USS San Pablo in various huge ports, to small sets like a fist fight outside a cheap apartment. The details are incredible, the lighting artful, the shots perfectly framed.

    Robert Wise seemingly makes a statement on the Vietnam war by way of the Chinese Civil War. It takes on colonialism and racism in subtle…

  • Paul Williams Still Alive

    Paul Williams Still Alive 2011

    ★½ Watched 13 Aug, 2015

    I didn't even care that Paul Williams was there anymore.
    -Stephen Kessler

    Having just watched Phantom of the Paradise for the first time a few days ago, when I spotted this documentary on NetFlix I had two reactions: "Hell yes! This is perfect timing!" and "Paul Williams is still alive?!" So I guess the title of the documentary is perfect, unlike the documentary itself.

    There's no need to analyze anything as to why this is awful, it's all because of…

  • Unfriended

    Unfriended 2014

    ★½ Watched 13 Aug, 2015 2

    Let's play a game...

    Facebook, Skype and YouTube get together to kill off five unlikeable teens. Twitter had the common sense to stay out of it.

    The entire film takes place on Blaire's (Shelley Hennig) laptop screen, a novel idea, but one that was done before just last year by TimeCrimes director Nacho Vigalondo along with Elijah Wood and pornstar Sasha Grey in the overly ambitious Open Windows. Since neither were huge hits I'm hoping we're sparred this turning…

  • The Phantom of the Opera

    The Phantom of the Opera 1989

    ★★★½ Rewatched 12 Aug, 2015 6

    People will love you for your music. But that is all that they will love you for.
    -The Devil

    They sell it as Freddy Krueger does the opera and it's pretty damn close to being just that in a good way.

  • Leviathan

    Leviathan 1989

    ★★★ Rewatched 12 Aug, 2015

    Say "Hi", motherfucker!
    -Steven Beck

    Buckaroo Banzai goes underwater to face off against The Thing with a Ghostbuster, a City Slicker and Rambo's Commanding Officer as backup.

  • Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

    Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Aug, 2015

    You can keep Jesus Christ. That was Neil Diamond... truly the "King of the Jews".
    -Alan Partridge

    Hardly my first experience with Steve Coogan, but it's my first exposure to Alan Partridge and it was brilliant. Considering that the character has been around for 20 years, the film is surprisingly easily accessible.

    There's quite a few funny performances in the film, including Colm Meaney who is always great to see, but it's Coogan's film all the way. Having just rewatched…

  • Bulworth

    Bulworth 1998

    ★★★½ Watched 11 Aug, 2015

    You know, there's a lesson here, which is never try to make life or death decisions when you're feeling suicidal.
    -Senator Jay Billington Bulworth

    The sad thing about this film is that 17 years later you could remake it scene for scene and keep all the same jokes because the political landscape of the United States has changed so little. You'd just have to update a few dated references and maybe ease up on the stereotypes a bit.

    I've never…