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  • Cocktail 1988

    ★★ Watched 03 Nov, 2014

    Not without a certain bankrupt Reagan-era charm/smarm, but I'd rather see the film remade as a "They Came Together"-style spoof starring Ken Marino.

  • Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 03 Oct, 2014

    Every generation gets the recessionary, batshit, dressed-to-kill skin-crawler American thriller it deserves.

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  • Coherence 2013

    ★★ Watched 24 Aug, 2014

    There's something here as far as an intriguing concept, but Byrkit and his cast unfortunately don't lift it beyond the appearance of a theatre company interpreting the works of Shane Carruth, attempting to jazz things up with tight shots and unearned jump scenes. The slow-burn execution means we get a lot of "what's that??" exclamations in the dialogue/improvisation before things actually start getting interesting two-thirds of the way in.

  • Chronicle 2012

    ★★★½ Added

    Very admirable film, if not always entirely successful. The "found footage" conceit eventually becomes a bit of an obstructive drag, but the movie very quickly penciled in for me what I was looking for in "X-Men: First Class" and other superhero-origin films. There's genuine human behavior and tension at work here, and more often than not it's entertaining and fascinating.