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  • To Be Takei 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 15 Nov, 2014

    Ooooh my!
    -George Takei

    The national treasure that is George Takei is brought to us by director Jennifer M. Kroot in this documentary that surpasses any flawes it might have by "Being Takei".

    Takei's charisma and occasional brutal honesty about himself easily makes up for the sometimes lackluster manner in which the doc is put together. It's not just the fact that he's entertaining and has lead an interesting life, but he's surprisingly candid about subjects that don't always paint…

  • St. Vincent 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 15 Nov, 2014 2

    He don't like people. People don't like him. Except you, why you like him?

    It's a big old bag of cliché ridden fluff. Cliché ridden fluff starring Bill Murray however.

    Theodore Melfi makes his feature film directorial debut here from his own script, which is sentimental schmaltz from beginning to end while the film also manages to drop a plot thread or two when convenient. To be fair though if the disappearing plot thread takes Terrence Howard along with…

  • The Babadook 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 14 Nov, 2014

    Ba-ba-ba... dook! Dook! DOOOOOKH!
    -The Babadook

    Ok, I might have watched this because I couldn't get enough of the characters saying "Babadook" in the trailer. I really wanted 90 minutes of it and it didn't disappoint me. BABADOOK!

    Jennifer Kent makes her feature film directorial debut with a frigging unsettling horror picture as we watch Essie Davis lose her mind as Amelia with her freaky little son Samuel played by Noah Wiseman.

    Instead of being dependent on jump scares and…

  • Dumb and Dumber To 2014

    ★★★ Watched 14 Nov, 2014

    You can cross that one off your bucket list.
    -Mrs. Stainer

    It's like Dumb and Dumber but... well... dumber.

    Why didn't this sequel happen, let's say, 19 or 18 years ago? Instead we got treated to an ill-fated cartoon series and a mind-boggling prequel that didn't have the involvement of ANYONE from the original film. Considering the last decade hasn't exactly had a lot of career highlights for Jim Carrey and that the Farrelly Brothers peaked in 1998 this does…

  • Brute Force 1947

    ★★★★½ Watched 14 Nov, 2014

    Those gates only open three times. When you come in, when you've served your time, or when you're dead!

    After being blown away by Rififi I decided to check out something from Jules Dassin from his "pre-blacklist" period. Enter Brute Force, a film that more then lives up to it's name with the unlikely Hume Cronyn cast as it's heavy who shockingly proves he's up to the task of being an evil bastard.

    Cronyn is Capt. Munsey, who runs…

  • Why Don't You Play in Hell? 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 13 Nov, 2014

    -The Fuck Bombers

    I'll admit that I'm a sucker for batshit crazy films from time to time and no country does batshit crazy quite like Japan. Writer/director Sion Sono brings us a film of wannabe film makers, action stars and Yakuza who inhabit a universe where quite frankly every single person is completely insane.

    Sure every single character is a giant caricature of sorts to go along with their insane behavior, but when your film feels like an…

  • Suspicion 1941

    ★★★★ Watched 12 Nov, 2014

    If you're going to kill someone, do it simply.
    -Johnnie Aysgarth

    Finally watched the one Cary Grant/Alfred Hitchcock collaboration I hadn't seen all these years. It's not their best, but how could it be going up against films like North by Northwest and Notorious? One thing though I've never seen Grant be this sinister before, but of course he's still likeable because he's still Cary Grant.

    Considering the plot of the film is Joan Fontaine thinking that her newlywed husband…

  • Rififi 1955

    ★★★★★ Watched 12 Nov, 2014 2

    For a job with you, he'll come.
    -Mario Ferrati

    One of the most fascinating things about Rififi is the fact that it was Jules Dassin's first film in 5 years since being blacklisted in Hollywood as US Studios made it hard for him to even get directing work in Europe. Here he finally gets in the director's chair again in France and hammers out a damn masterpiece while Hollywood still refused to let him work.

    The heist film. The set…

  • Pacific Rim 2013

    ★★★½ Rewatched 11 Nov, 2014

    Rocket Punch!
    -Raleigh Becket

  • Sex Tape 2014

    Watched 10 Nov, 2014 4

    Hello and welcome to an evening with Annie and Jay.

    One star for Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz being able to coherently say their lines in front of the cameras. Nothing else worth mentioning.

  • The Asphalt Jungle 1950

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 10 Nov, 2014

    In some ways, he's the most dangerous of them all. A hardened killer. A hooligan. A man without human feeling or human mercy.
    -Commissioner Hardy

    The more I watch this, the more I realize how much of an underrated character Dix Handley is with a great performance by Sterling Hayden. Simple in nature, but he has some layers to him.

    This has quickly gone past "great film" for me and right into one of my favorite John Huston films. My original review can be seen here.

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  • Dead Reckoning 1947

    ★★★ Watched 10 Nov, 2014

    I forgot to tell you, I don't trust anybody... especially women!
    -Rip Murdock

    Some of my favorite noir have convoluted but tightly wound plots. Dead Reckoning only manages the convoluted part, while the plot flops around in any direction it feels like at any given moment.

    The story is classic noir right down to it's Humphrey Bogart voice over and Lizabeth Scott's husky voice as Bogey tries to solve a murder while the body count keeps rising. It starts out…