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  • Eastern Promises

    Eastern Promises 2007

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 22 Apr, 2016

    "I need three actors to play Russians. Get me a Frenchman, a German and a Danish-American!" (Cronenberg in 2006, apparently.)

  • Poltergeist

    Poltergeist 1982

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Mar, 2016

    Well, that'll certainly make me see "Ghostbusters" with different eyes.

  • One Day

    One Day 2011

    ★★★ Watched 22 Mar, 2016

    I've seen readings of the alphabet that were less predictable. (Don't know how not to enjoy Anne Hathaway, though.)

  • Cloverfield

    Cloverfield 2008

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 15 Mar, 2016

    (One star added for Michael Giacchino's "Roar!" (Cloverfield Overture).

  • Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet

    Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet 2002

    Watched 16 Feb, 2016

    (Just Werner Herzog's segment, "Ten Thousand Years Older.")

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015

    ★★★★ Added

    There's really only one thing about The Force Awakens that kinda disappointed me. It's not anything that makes me not like the film - I loved it! - just something that I had hoped it would do, but that it didn't.

    When I saw Dawn of the Planet of the Apes last year, I was really impressed by the motion-capture and CGI work in it. They were at a level of sophistication that I had not seen before, and the…

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Dec, 2015

    "Droid, please."

  • Margaret

    Margaret 2011

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 16 Dec, 2015

    Extended cut.

  • Steve Jobs

    Steve Jobs 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 02 Dec, 2015

    Danny Boyle, master manipulator, exceeds in arranging images and sounds in such a way as to evoke an emotional response, whether or not there's actually any there there.

    (Also: all the awards for when Fassbender calls Woz "little buddy" that one time.)

  • Love & Mercy

    Love & Mercy 2014

    ★★½ Watched 27 Nov, 2015

    ... & Exposition.

    There's a quick flashback to Brian Wilson's childhood with his dad yelling "How many times do I have to tell you this?" and slapping him in the face, which if you'd stretch it out for two hours would basically be this movie.

  • Kingsman: The Secret Service

    Kingsman: The Secret Service 2015

    ★★★★ Rewatched 19 Nov, 2015

    It took one boring-ass Bond movie to show me just how all-out entertaining and well-made "Kingsman" really is. I still found the same problems I've had with it the last time I watched it, but I also found it much easier to look past them.

    And now please make Roxy the protagonist in the next one.

  • 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.)