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  • Nightcrawler 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 30 Oct, 2014

    On my way home after seeing Dan Gilroy's Nightcrawler, I found myself checking my rear-view mirror a lot. It made me feel like an accessory to a series of pretty serious crimes. And I enjoyed every second of it.

    The film follows Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal), who is eager to find a career. When he drives by a serious car accident and pulls over to see what's going on, a van pulls up and two men (one of whom is…

  • The Invisible Man 1933

    ★★★★ Watched 27 Oct, 2014

    Effects that hold up (and I ain't just sayin' that!).

    This is the Marvel film of its day. tightly paced, exciting, and fun, it absolutely stands the test of time.

    Watched for the Movies Over Salad Podcast

  • Out of Sight 1998

    ★★★★½ Watched 29 Oct, 2014 2

    Soderbergh's style is perfectly suited for a neo-noir film. While aesthetically completely different (with its bright, colorful visuals and above-average comedic tones), Out of Sight absolutely fits in terms of tone.

    Not only is it part of the wonderful world of Elmore Leonard*, but it is almost like a hyper-aware version of the noir film, with the femme fatale (in Lopez) given much more agency and the charming-yet-flawed anti-hero (in Clooney) being somehow more sympathetic than usual.

    Out of Sight is on par with Tarantino's Jackie Brown in terms of excellent 90s neo-noirs and is a must see for fans of the genre.

  • Lantana 2001

    ★★ Watched 28 Oct, 2014 4

    "You best start believin' in broken marriages, Miss Turner... I'm in one."

  • I Am Ali 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 28 Oct, 2014

    A touching documentary that further cements Ali as one of the greatest athletes and minds in American history.

    The audiotape framing device is effective and offers a very personal look into the life of a very inspiring figure.

  • Birdman 2014

    ★★★★★ Rewatched

    Previous to this, the only other Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu film I had seen was Babel. While I didn't love that film, I praised the dream-like feel of it and the excellent visuals. Inarritu's most recent film, Birdman, completely surpasses Babel by graduating from technical excellence to technical mastery. As unique as mainstream films get, Birdman is as innovative and visually interesting as Gravity and as heavy and rich as Magnolia (or any PTA film, for that matter).

    Aging actor Riggan…

  • Weekend 1967

    ★★★ Watched 27 Oct, 2014

    Excessive, subversive, and annoying as hell, Godard's Weekend is both hypnotic and obnoxious.

    At any given moment there may be a completely unique long take or a completely pointless and stupid conversation. It plays with the viewers mind; is this brilliant or is it shit? Well, it's both.

    Despite being way too long (somehow the fact that it's purposefully overlong makes it less of a problem), it is certainly worth seeing.

  • Fury 2014

    ★★ Watched 25 Oct, 2014

    The Passion of the Krauts

    Yes, David Ayer (writer/director of the over-hyped End of Watch) may have had good intentions, but his brutal World War II film is full of the same exploitative, overly violent gore as Mel Gibson's similarly "well-meaning" Passion of the Christ. More time is spent trying to shock and guilt the audience than to entertain or teach them.

    Now I'm not saying WWII films shouldn't be violent, and I'm certainly not saying over-the-top violence doesn't have…

  • Birdman 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 25 Oct, 2014

    He finally did it.

    He got nuts.

  • John Wick 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 24 Oct, 2014

    At a time when action movies are constantly trying to be overly clever and unique, John Wick is a refreshingly simple tale of revenge.

    Recent widower John Wick (Keanu Reeves) only cares about two things: his '69 Mustang and his dog Daisy (a parting gift from his deceased wife, meant to give him hope). When the bratty son of a crime boss (Alfie Allen and Michael Nyqvist, respectively) takes both of those things from him, he unleashes Wick on the…

  • Vantage Point 2008

    ½ Rewatched 23 Oct, 2014

    You know, the second time around you really catch all of the clues and intricacies the film has to offer.

    NOT!

    Bringing the "not" joke back, guys.

  • Memento 2000

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 23 Oct, 2014

    A brilliant (I really don't use that word often, so it still means something) study of film narrative. Nearly perfect from a story standpoint.

    Joey Pants 4eva