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  • Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

    Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 20 Apr, 2015

    When you hear there's a movie about a Japanese woman who finds a VHS copy of Fargo and thinks it's a map to buried treasure, you tend to get some pretty specific (and, for me, very high) expectations.

    I am happy to say Kumiko delivered on those expectations. It is somehow simultaneously effectively haunting and very sweet. This is, no doubt, due to the haunting and complex portrayal of Kumiko (by Rinko Kikuchi) combined with the warmth of nearly everyone…

  • High Anxiety

    High Anxiety 1977

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Apr, 2015

    At times it is as ingeniously hilarious as any other Mel Brooks movie. At other times, it is as egregious and stupid as... Any other Mel Brooks movie.

    High Anxiety hits more than it misses, though, and when it hits it hits hard. Definitely worth a watch, especially for comedy completists.

  • Monkey Kingdom

    Monkey Kingdom 2015

    ★½ Watched 17 Apr, 2015

    So, this is what the Disney Nature movies are like, huh?

    I don't know why I expected an informative doc when they are clearly marketed as children's films about specific animals. Still, I thought it was too manufactured and silly to actually teach children much of anything and the constant anthropomorphism was out of control.

    If nothing else, there is some really good footage of these macaque monkeys, staged or not.

  • The Red Violin

    The Red Violin 1998

    ★★★★½ Watched 17 Apr, 2015

    The story is as magnificent and beautiful as the Oscar winning music that accompanies it. It is a sweeping, generational tale of love, music, and obsession that is told with no shortage of style.

    Samuel L Jackson is used sparingly, but certainly not wasted.

  • National Treasure

    National Treasure 2004

    ★★★★ Rewatched 14 Apr, 2015 3

    Still very exciting, but it takes more suspension of disbelief every time I watch it. Lots of obvious exposition, some plotholes, and plenty of flaws still can't prevent Nic Cage and Dianne Kruger from being awesome.

  • While We're Young

    While We're Young 2014

    ★★★ Watched 12 Apr, 2015

    With While We're Young, Baumbach brings us yet another film that revels in its own pretentiousness.

    Josh (Ben Stiller) and Cornelia (Naomi Watts) are a middle aged couple without children. When they meet the strange, but undeniably interesting Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried), they abandon their old, kid-having friends (Maria Dizzia and the Beastie Boys' Adam Horovitz) in favor of a more exciting, free lifestyle.

    What stars as a film about the idea of doing what you want…

  • Run Lola Run

    Run Lola Run 1998

    ★★★★ Watched 09 Apr, 2015

    Worthy of every bit of the praise it gets. From ideas to execution, this is extremely well realized. I have a hard time calling it dated, because of how influential it clearly was, but I imagine this is (to a smaller degree) how people feel these days watching The Matrix for the first time. Still incredible, but very little edge anymore.

  • I Hate Christian Laettner

    I Hate Christian Laettner 2015

    ★★★ Watched 08 Apr, 2015

    I Hate Christian Laettner is a very interesting type of documentary, in that it's just what the title suggests: A film about how much people hated this player. The legendary Duke player was adored by few and hated by many, but his athletic prowess could be denied by none.

    Rob Lowe delivers his narration admirably, despite how badly written it is and the plethora of great footage more than makes up for half of the talking heads being grown men…

  • Furious 7

    Furious 7 2015

    ★★★ Watched 07 Apr, 2015

    Is it over? May I finally rest? The fact that I have sat through seven movies in a series I struggle to say anything positive about is something I'm not proud of. Still, there has to be something more than just a misguided sense of duty that keeps me coming back.

    Furious 7 is the best Fast and Furious movie. While quite a bit of it is on par with the rest of the franchise (in that it's uneven, contains…

  • Snow on tha Bluff

    Snow on tha Bluff 2011

    ★★★½ Watched 06 Apr, 2015

    A very interesting (mostly) documentary, Snow on tha Bluff follows lifelong criminal Curtis Snow, as he deals drugs, robs rivals, and hangs out with his friends. While will most likely never be completely clear what is genuine and what is a recreation, the story remains the same and is gritty and powerful, regardless.

    While I generally don't like documentaries that glorify drugs and violence, I get a sense that Snow and the producers are saying just the opposite. It's sort of a "Do as I say, not as I do" lesson that's every bit as effective as it is potentially entertaining.

  • Wild Tales

    Wild Tales 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 02 Apr, 2015

    The phrase "Never a dull moment" comes to mind. The final story featured in Wild Tales is one of the best scenes of 2014.

  • Fast & Furious 6

    Fast & Furious 6 2013

    ★½ Watched 04 Apr, 2015

    The last half hour was pretty cool, I thought. If only they'd have given Gal Gadot's character some agency, allowed the Han character to develop more within the non-Tokyo Drift movies, shown more of a relationship between the group, or actually made me care about a SINGLE CHARACTER. Then, perhaps, I would have liked it.

    The truth is, the movies have little to no stakes, and a lower body count than almost any action movies out there (which wouldn't be…