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  • Space Cat Hob 2014

    ★★★ Watched 21 Sep, 2014 4

    Plays like a cutscene from a game that would almost certainly crack my top 20. I got some serious Ratchet and Clank vibes and that is definitely a good thing coming from me.

    Watched after reading this review from Phips.

  • Sunset Boulevard 1950

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Sep, 2014

    I can't tell if Gloria Swanson is amazing or terrible in this movie. #MAYBETHATSTHEPOINT

  • Good Burger 1997

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 20 Sep, 2014

    Look, I'm not going to lie about it, I genuinley think this is a great movie. Tight story, some genuinely funny moments, and it's very of its time.

    Obviously this is partially (probably even MOSTLY) based on nostalgia, but Good Burger rules.

    bonus fact: Feature film debut for Linda Cardellini.

  • The Trip 2010

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Sep, 2014 2

    Being a casual fan of both Coogan and Brydon (less so Brydon, as he pops up less), I was unsure what to expect from a film about fictionalized versions of the two of them. However, by the end of the film, I just wanted to hang out with them.

  • Mildred Pierce 1945

    ★★★★½ Watched 16 Sep, 2014

    How awesome is it that the honorable, female Mildred Pierce is one of the most badass protagonists in a genre completely dominated by scummy men? Joan Crawford is extremely lovable as the titular character and leads a cast that absolutely understands what kind of picture this is.

    From start to finish it's an empowering, feminist view of the almost-exclusively-male noir genre and it works astonishingly well. A unique take on noir and crime films in general.

  • The Perfect Host 2010

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Sep, 2014

    This movie is bookended with some pretty unnecessary stuff. But, my god, that middle hour is worth it.

    David Hyde Pierce is channeling his best Anthony Hopkins/Jack Nicholson/other psychopathic actor and absolutely killing it. The style/direction is unique and well done, however the writing is unexceptional when its not revolving around DHP's character.

    Cost $400,000 and barely made back 10% of that. Quite a shame that it never really found an audience.

  • The Naked City 1948

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Sep, 2014

    Authentic and entertaining, The Naked City is absolutely the godfather of the police procedural. From the documentary-style narration that bookends the film to the twisty-turny plot, to the incredible cast of detectives, led by the Irish actor Barry Fitzgerald. There are even a few lines where I hoped Fitzgerald would pull some shades from his pocket while Roger Daltry let out that wonderful scream.

    The film plays like a noir, but with more likable protagonists (in fact, they aren't shown…

  • The Third Man 1949

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Sep, 2014

    SPOILER ALERT

    As if I even needed to write that, since it is marketed as an Orson Welles movie. He shows up about 45 minutes in and has a total of about 5 minutes of screen time. It completely kills the main twist and, to an extent, makes the movie less entertaining. Rather than just enjoy it, I was subconsciously wondering when Welles would finally show up. And when he did... He was excellent.

    Reed's gorgeous, German expressionism inspired angles…

  • Shadows 1959

    ★★½ Watched 15 Sep, 2014

    Pretty much the seminal indy film. Especially in that it doesn't make much sense and has a strange, experimental jazz soundtrack, amateur (or was it "artsy"?) editing, and is an "exercise in improvisation".

    What it certainly has going for it is that it seems to accurately represent a very particular time and place. It also took a respectable stance on race and sexuality at a time when almost all other films wouldn't even come close to touching those subjects.

  • Vertigo 1958

    ★★½ Rewatched 15 Sep, 2014 7

    I hate to be a contrarion, but I genuinely dislike it.

    The first time I saw it, I applauded Hitchcock's innovation (the "Vertigo zoom", that gorgeous circular shot near the end, the dream sequence) and the use of color. Yet, even then I thought it was slow-going and, frankly, riddled with plot holes.

    This time around, the techniques were even more impressive. They will never get old. However, the narrative was increasingly stupid and the characters were extraordinarily unlikeable.

    Usually I hate myself for not "getting" universally loved films, but I don't even feel bad about this one.

  • The Hundred-Foot Journey 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 14 Sep, 2014

    The clear passion for the subject matter (food, duh) and the masterful acting make it completely worth seeing. The almost-overly-polished, so-heartwarming-it-hurts story is grounded by Lasse Hallström's brilliantly subtle direction.

    Definitely worth seeing, although there is a part of me that thinks this film would have been stronger, were it not for Spielberg and Winrey producing.

  • Journey to Italy 1954

    ½ Watched 10 Sep, 2014

    Sure, there are plenty of "worse" films, but I've never felt so betrayed by such obviously talented people (in Bergman and Rossellini). This movie is a tremendous waste of time.