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  • Time Bandits 1981

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 17 Dec, 2014

    Everything holds up.
    The music.
    the humor.
    the visuals.
    the story.
    the sets.

  • In a World... 2013

    ★★★★ Rewatched 15 Dec, 2014

    When you think about it as a 2013 comedy about voice-over artists, it's pretty good. When you think about it as Lake Bell's writing and directorial debut, it's pretty damn impressive.

  • Swingers 1996

    ★★★½ Rewatched 16 Dec, 2014

    While its definitely more fun to quote than it is to sit through (not just "Vegas, baby" or "so money", either), Swingers is still a memorable watch.

    The poster sucks.

  • Top Five 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Dec, 2014

    Chris Rock was so aware that his latest film would draw comparisons to the work of Woody Allen that he named the protagonist (played by Rock, himself) Andre Allen. His confidence certainly payed off, since this was not only funnier, but more personal and intelligent than many of Allen's films.

    I went in for Rosario Dawson and came out an even bigger fan of not only her, but everyone involved (especially Rock, who is extremely versatile in this). The fresh…

  • Face/Off 1997

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 13 Dec, 2014

    I had forgotten just how frustrating this movie was. Of course I mean that in the best possible way. It's that perfect combination of awesome and terrible and it never pretends to be anything else. I intend to quote it for the remainder of the year.

  • Guru of Go 2010

    ★★★½ Watched 12 Dec, 2014

    Held back by two things: its made-for-TV limitations* and its Shakespeare gimmick. The story (or stories) being told are quite interesting and entertaining on their own and don't need to be dressed up with random Bard quotes that don't really mean anything in the context they're being presented in.

    *At 50 minutes, it certainly could have been longer. A lot of it felt crammed in and, particularly at moments that had the potential to be extremely emotional (moving, even), the pacing got in the way. I'd love to see an extended version.

  • The Men Who Stare at Goats 2009

    ★★★ Watched 01 Dec, 2014

    As I suspected while watching it two weeks ago (forgot to log it), the Men Who Stare at Goats is almost immediately forgettable. Though certainly entertaining while it unfolds - thanks almost entirely to the game cast, Clooney especially - it just lacks the style that would have taken to another level.

  • Happy Gilmore 1996

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 05 Dec, 2014

    aaaaaaaaand Again.

  • The 'Burbs 1989

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 04 Dec, 2014


  • Survive and Advance 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 02 Dec, 2014

    A truly captivating documentary about a team (and, more specifically, a season) that I knew very little about. Jimmy V as as charming and eccentric a coach as any and director Jonathan Hock absolutely takes advantage of this, sprinkling in awesome interview clips as well as excerpts from a really wonderful motivational speech.

    Survive and Advance has a tendency to go from being fun to breaking your heart at a moment's notice and this extreme tonal inconsistency is, perhaps, its only real weakness. However, I'm sure others will find it to be one of the doc's strengths.

  • The 'Burbs 1989

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 01 Dec, 2014

    One of those movies that just gets better and funnier every single time. I wish I'd discovered it sooner.

    Thank you, Trevor

  • The Graduate 1967

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Nov, 2014

    It's kind of like the most boring James Bond film ever, where Bond is a fresh-out-of-college slacker who - in true Bond fashion - beds a devious femme fatale. Upon falling for the villain's daughter, he has to fight his way out with her.

    With an awesome (though, unfortunately, repetetive) Simon and Garfunkel soundtrack and amazing transitions, The Graduate is certainly deserving of its iconic status. Unfortunately, this makes it far less shocking or effective for people like me who take too long to get around to watching it.

    "Watched (but mistakenly never logged) for the podcast Movies Over Salad"-Jeremy