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  • 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

  • The Housemaid 1960

    ★★★ Watched 22 Oct, 2014

    Although well-crafted, The Housemaid is comically melodramatic. While many people clearly love films like this (that force laughs by being over the top), I just never have.

    In many ways, it is an effective thriller, mostly do to its clever use of sound and its score. However the melodrama and overlength take from that.

    Lightning strikes sinister women in doorways sort of wear off after the 6th or 7th time.

  • L.A. Confidential 1997

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 22 Oct, 2014

    I hesitate to even call this a neo-noir. This is just a proper noir film that happened to be made in 1997. There is less of an awareness of the genre than it is just made from the same template.

    The 90s was so great for ensemble casts.

  • The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys 2002

    Watched 19 Oct, 2014

    Worth watching to see Emil Hirsch emerging as an excellent actor.

  • Se7en 1995

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 20 Oct, 2014 2

    Possibly the truest neo-noir film, in that it takes the aesthetic tropes of the noir genre (shadows, wetness, lack of color etc.) and the plot elements and heightens them to the modern era (of 1995). The fact that it pushes the boundaries of the crime film so much - in terms of shocking content- only makes it even more timeless and I wouldn't be a bit surprised if this movie still held up forty of fifty years down the road (the way certain masterful noirs do).

  • The Usual Suspects 1995

    ★★★★ Rewatched 20 Oct, 2014

    Why couldn't they have capitalized on this movie's success and made a spinoff about Fenster and McManus in their earlier days?

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2004

    ★★★★ Rewatched 20 Oct, 2014 3

    Third time's the charm?

    The first time I watched Eternal Sunshine, I absolutely hated it. In fact, I turned it off after about 40 minutes. About a year after that I decided to give it another go, this time watching the whole thing. I still hated the story, but really enjoyed Gondry's style and the techniques used. This time around, though, I found the story and techniques perfectly complimented each other in order to achieve something really beautiful.

  • Jackie Brown 1997

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 19 Oct, 2014

    Wow. Robert Forster was in a movie with a perfect Pam Grier, a subtle and menacing DeNiro, and a top-of-his-game Sam Jackson (seriously, he's so good in this it isn't even fair) and was the only one nominated for an Oscar. Can you imagine how awesome he felt?

    I wouldn't call Jackie Brown the most under-rated Tarantino film, since those who have seen it almost unanimously like or (for the most part) love it, but I would call it the…

  • Marwencol 2010

    ★★★½ Watched 18 Oct, 2014

    More interesting in terms of story-telling and form than in its story, Marwencol follows Mark, a man suffering from brain damage after being beaten nearly to death, in his efforts to cope. These efforts just happen to take place in a world of his own creation, completely made up of dolls.

  • St. Vincent 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 17 Oct, 2014

    I (as well as, I imagine, most people) tend to have my mind made up on a movie after about ten or fifteen minutes. And ten minutes into St. Vincent, I just felt dirty and sad. Oddly enough (I cannot stress how rare it is), somewhere between that point and the twenty minute mark, I did a complete 180.

    Vincent (Bill Murray) is an old, alcoholic, asshole with gambling debts and a somewhat mysterious personal life, who seems only to…

  • Easy Rider 1969

    ★★½ Watched 15 Oct, 2014

    I am the exact opposite of the film's target audience, but there's defitely some entertainment to be had. The (now cliched) soundtrack really works and Nicholson is very fun to watch.

  • Breathless 1960

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 14 Oct, 2014

    The seminal New Wave film. Godard's response to not only film noir but to the state film was in at the time, in general. Technically innovative and flawlessly paced. One of the greatest debut films of all time.