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  • Chef 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Aug, 2014

    What if I just cook you something?
    -Carl Casper

    Well this ended up being a big bag of heartwarming goodness making my cold black heart feel all warm and fuzzy. Jon Favreau more then proves that he hasn't lost a step as he stars and directs from his own script what could easily be called "food porn".

    Favreau was quoted in Variety saying "I shoot food the way Michael Bay shoots women in bikinis". I actually think he's wrong. Michael…

  • Sabrina 1954

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Aug, 2014

    My intentions? Unethical, reprehensible but very practical.
    -Linus Larrabee

    Sabrina really shouldn't work as a movie. You have Audrey Hepburn doing her usual pixie act mixed with child-like naivety schtick going up against Humphrey Bogart's no nonsense approach to comedy through his film-noir sensibilities and in the middle of it all there's William Holden hamming it up, seemingly unable to say humorous dialogue without winking at the camera that he knows it's funny.

    Since the film is more about romantic…

  • Transcendence 2014

    ★★ Watched 15 Aug, 2014 2

    My wife has always been eager to change the world.
    -Will Caster

    Wally Pfister makes his directorial debut after 23 years as a cinematographer from newcomer Jack Paglen's first produced script. Two huge debuts here with a $100 million budget that could have benefited from either someone with more experience in the director's chair or on the written page.

    Before Will Caster (Johnny Depp) passes away his brain or consciousness is "downloaded" into an Artificial Intelligence program. This brings up…

  • Key Largo 1948

    ★★★★ Rewatched 15 Aug, 2014 3

    When your head says one thing and your whole life says another, your head always loses.
    -Frank McCloud

    If I'm going to be completely honest, while the reason for this rewatch was the recent passing of the legendary Lauren Bacall and she is great here, I'd be lying if I didn't say the real highlight of this film is the face off between two giants of the genre in Humphrey Bogart and Edward G. Robinson.

    Those three alone are more…

  • Hick 2011

    ★★ Watched 14 Aug, 2014

    Church is for brunettes.

    An aimless film that had all the potential in the world with a great cast and a story rooted in white trash. When it started I thought I was possibly in for something along the lines of Freeway only to be severely disappointed.

    I can't fault the film for it's performances. I thought everyone was great, especially Chloë Grace Moretz, but the film is populated by characters who go by unaffected by anything that transpires.…

  • How to Marry a Millionaire 1953

    ★★★ Watched 14 Aug, 2014

    I've always liked older men. Look at Roosevelt. Look at Churchill! Look at that old fellow - what's-his-name in African Queen. Absolutely crazy about him!
    -Schatze Page

    This might sound sacrilegious, but I found myself not completely enjoying Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable here. I wouldn't use the word hate or even dislike, but I just found their characters to be one note takes on the ditzy blonde character, with Monroe having the added bonus that she's blind without her…

  • The Big Sleep 1946

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 13 Aug, 2014

    I liked that. I'd like more.
    -Vivian Rutledge

    Who was the real star here? Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall or the completely unrealistic, cynical, rapid fire yet impossibly entertaining dialogue? The plot maybe indecipherably convoluted but that doesn't matter as you get to see Bogart and Bacall verbally declare war on each other in a Howard Hawks films.

    It's easy to forget that this was only Bacall's third film and that she was only 20 years old at the time. Her…

  • The Shootist 1976

    ★★★★½ Watched 13 Aug, 2014

    I won't be wronged. I won't be insulted. I won't be laid a-hand on. I don't do these things to other people, and I require the same from them.
    -J.B. Books

    Needless to say this is not what I expected from a Western starring John Wayne and directed by Don Siegel, the man who brought us Dirty Harry. Sure the film has it's moments of almost shocking violence, but it's actually the quiet moments that make it special.

    Wayne is…

  • To Have and Have Not 1944

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 13 Aug, 2014 3

    Lauren Bacall
    September 16, 1924 - August 12, 2014

    Here's a bit of what I wrote about Bacall when I first watched To Have and Have Not:

    I have to admit that for a second or two, right after Lauren Bacall says "You just put your lips together and... blow", I was convinced this was the greatest film ever made. This is the first of four films Bacall did with Humphrey Bogart, and also her film debut. It was…

  • Confession of Murder 2012

    ★★★ Watched 12 Aug, 2014

    You have to see him suffer and die!
    -Choi Hyeong-goo

    A fantastic story that is uniquely Korean as it takes advantage of the fact that it had a 15 year statute of limitations on murder. This would later be raised to 25 years and last I read is being abolished completely soon if not already.

    We start out with a serial murderer publicly confessing after the statute runs out while promoting his book about the murders. Needless to say that…

  • Fright Night 2: New Blood 2013

    ★★ Watched 12 Aug, 2014

    Welcome to Fright Night for real, bitch!
    -Peter Vincent

    It was dumb of me to think that this was a sequel to the 2011 Fright Night remake. It's not a sequel to that film, or the original for that matter. It's also not a remake of 1988 Fright Night Part 2. What the hell is it then?

    It's actually ANOTHER pseudo-remake of the original Fright Night. Charlie, Evil Ed, Peter Vincent and Amy all return, all recast and all have…

  • Metallica: Through the Never 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Aug, 2014 3

    Hey, listen, stick around, don't be scarce. I may need you.

    There isn't much to review here except to say that director Nimród Antal gives us a great spin on the concert movie and it's pretty damn visually impressive at that. You're enjoyment will obviously hinder on whether or not you even like listening to Metallica, but I loved the little experiment and at 93 minutes it doesn't exactly overstay it's welcome either. Great music, great visuals and a great little side story to boot.