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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 25 Sep, 2015

    Black & Chrome version.

    This was a lot of fun. The black-and-white and dialog-free version is a great companion piece for fans of the film. With color and dialogue removed I was able to focus on and study things like framing, blocking, composition, score and sound work, stunts, and more. A new way to study the actors, as well, even though a big part of their craft was missing, of course. (This is Charlize Theron's film, all the way.)

  • Everest

    Everest 2015

    ★★★ Watched 16 Sep, 2015

    Here's the thing: Climbing Mt. Everest is dumb and the people doing it know that it's dumb and they're still doing it, which is fine, but don't expect me to care if they get hurt doing it.

    There's a scene somewhat early in the movie where The Journalist (Michael Kelly channeling David Cross) asks the others about ther motivation. Why climb Everest? The most anyone can come up with is repeating the old Because it's there trope. Fine, whatever.


  • A Town Called Panic

    A Town Called Panic 2009

    ★★ Watched 18 Aug, 2015

    Everybody needs to calm the fuck down.

  • Terminator Genisys

    Terminator Genisys 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 06 Jul, 2015

    Had such a blast watching this. Everything I want out of a summer blockbuster: great action (that I could actually follow for once), impressive effects, a fun plot, no self-serious bullshit, reverence for the earlier films but doing its own thing. I can totally see returning to this film many more times in the summers to come.

  • Jurassic World

    Jurassic World 2015

    ★★ Watched 18 Jun, 2015

    "Jurassic World" is your father's new girlfriend moving in and wearing your dead mother's old clothes.

  • Spy

    Spy 2015

    ★★★ Watched 05 Jun, 2015

    If someone could digitally erase Melissa McCarthy and all the scatological "humor" Paul Feig seems so fond of from this movie I'd definitely watch it again.

  • Jupiter Ascending

    Jupiter Ascending 2015

    ★★ Watched 22 May, 2015


  • Pitch Perfect 2

    Pitch Perfect 2 2015

    ★★★ Watched 21 May, 2015

    Enjoyable enough, but felt very much like a script engineered by a marketing committee. Just slightly too many cameos, slightly too much focus on characters because the actors playing them became bankable between the first movie and this one (and too little focus on characters whose actors didn't), everyone wearing slightly too expensive designer clothes, everything being slightly bigger than it needed to be.

    Pitch Perfect wasn't perfect, but it managed to capture something unique and exciting. Pitch Perfect 2... doesn't.

  • Roar

    Roar 1981

    ★★★★½ Watched 20 May, 2015

    Like a Werner Herzog fever dream.

  • Robot & Frank

    Robot & Frank 2012

    ★★★★★ Added

    The exact year this film is set in is never explicitly stated, but it can't be too far off into our future from what we see on screen. In fact the technological advances shown here aren't so much future as they are extremely current present. The phones, screens, cars, and appliances in Robot & Frank are of our time, they're just not common in our time. Some of those choices are made out of necessity by the film-makers – it's cheaper…

  • 8½


    ★★★★★ Rewatched 29 Apr, 2015

    Some films make that jump from mere art to pure magic. "8½" does it in its very first frame.

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 27 Apr, 2015

    I have spent many hours of my life listening to Joss Whedon talk. On countless DVD audio commentaries (most of them multiple times), in interviews and podcasts.

    So to hear James Spader, playing one of the most interesting characters to ever appear in these movies, do a pitch-perfect... impression? imitation? channeling? Whatever you want to call it and whatever creative decisions might have lead to it, Joss Whedon is Ultron. And it's glorious.