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  • The Mack 1973

    ★★★★★ Watched 30 Jan, 2015

    2015 Film Viewing Resolution #5

    I've wanted to watch this ever since listening to Killer Mike's Can You Buy That?: here

    That scene is incredible! Max Julien is channeling something next level during that scene. Actually, he channels it throughout the film making The Mack a masterpiece in my eyes. I could watch Julien as Goldie forever.

    Sure, Michael Campus's film is rough in spots but Julien easily smooths over those rough patches with his laid-back, effortless portrayal of a…

  • H. 2014

    ★★★ Watched 28 Jan, 2015

    The Greek tragedy of Helen of Troy gets a modern retelling in Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia’s H., updating the action to Troy, NY with two separate Helens living out their lives concurrently; the first Helen is in her 60s (Robin Bartlett), living with her husband Roy, while the other Helen (Rebecca Dayan) is a successful artist in her 30s that also happens to be four months pregnant. Broken into four chapters, H. switches the focus between the two Helens,…

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  • The Royal Tenenbaums 2001

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 18 Feb, 2013 8

    Often times certain films hold a special place in my heart, as I am sure the same can be said of almost everyone else. My memory of The Royal Tenenbaums involves a group of friends driving one hour (both ways) to Baltimore to catch it at the Charles Theater. At the time, that was the only way to see Wes Anderson’s newest film, since growing up in a small town in Pennsylvania, one did not have the opportunity to see…

  • Princess Mononoke 1997

    ★★★★★ Watched 03 Oct, 2014 6

    My mouth was agape, awestruck for the entire duration.

    I know I claimed Spirited Away to be the best animated film ever, but now I just don't know anymore. Are these two tied? Is this the best animated film? Is it still Spirited Away?

    Demon worms, rotting boar carcasses, cursed forearms, a red elk, bobblehead tree spirits, a goofy looking Forest God that turns into a giant, translucent glob of sparkling water, detached limbs and heads, wolves, hangry apes, more…