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  • It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World 1963

    ★★★★½ Watched 20 Jul, 2014 4

    Stanley Kramer's 1963 comedic masterpiece, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World is absolutely HUGE. With its star studded (an understatement, if there ever was one) cast, memorable score, phenomenal stunts, and a simple story that absolutely cruises along, it is truly one-of-a-kind (no matter how many times it has been mimicked).

    When Criterion put it out on Blu-ray, I decided to buy, because I was familiar with its premise and of how many of the funniest people of the…

  • Little Shop of Horrors 1986

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Jul, 2014

    Whenever I think about Little Shop of Horrors, the music is what comes to mind. Ellen Greene's wonderfully unique voice on my two favorites, "Somewhere that's Green" and "Suddenly Seymour" and Levi Stubbs' unforgettably, soul-filled performance as Audrey 2 are what I normally go back to. I guess I just forgot how funny it is.

    It's been a while since I've seen it and (though I remembered he was in it) I completely forgot about how hysterical Steve Martin was…

  • Captain Kidd 1945

    ★★★ Watched 10 Jul, 2014

    Ahhh, the simpler times in Hollywood. When the flawed-but-good-natured protagonist, with the mysterious past was named something like Mercy and the damsels were in such distress that they said things like, "I'm so scared and confused!"

    My newfound obsession with swashbuckling films has still yet to let me down here, though, thanks mostly to Charles Laughton's performance as the eponymous Captain Kidd and a delightfully simple story. It isn't the best pirate movie, but it's a pirate movie and to me --for better or worse-- that might be all that matters.

  • The Battered Bastards of Baseball 2014

    ★★★ Watched 15 Jul, 2014

    Tells a really remarkable story, but is too much a fan of itself to actually deliver on an emotional level.

    Talking head interviews could have been used less, in favor of more of the awesome footage of the team actually playing. There is one excellent bit toward the end that lets the moment actually do the talking and more of that would have been great.

    In the end, worth watching for fans of baseball or Kurt Russell (he and his father are seminal figures in the film).

  • Muppet Treasure Island 1996

    ★★★★½ Watched 13 Jul, 2014

    A childhood favorite, Muppet Treasure Island may, very well, be the movie that got me into pirates in the first place. So, its only appropriate that, with my recently awoken love for buckling swash (as Greg Proops would say), I'd return to my first.

    As with all Muppet films I've seen (which, admittedly, is not enough of them), it's constantly clever and funny, but Treasure Island is, in my opinion, a more interesting story than other Muppet films tell. The…

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 12 Jul, 2014

    2014 is shaping up to be one of the best years ever for blockbusters and sequels. Even with X-Men: Days of Future Past, Edge of Tomorrow, Godzilla, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and Captain America: the Winter Soldier, I think Dawn of the Planet of the Apes may be the strongest of them all. While each of them has a strong cast and they're all visually impressive, Dawn is the one with the best writing and music. This is…

  • Jodorowsky's Dune 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 12 Jul, 2014

    The worst thing about Jodorowsky's Dune is that you don't actually get to SEE Jodorowsky's DUNE.

    However, director Frank Pavich gives you about as much of a taste of it as you'll ever get. The doc's style is unique and, sometimes, a wonder to look at. The bits from other films are well-chosen and the film is well edited. The interviews (save some fanboying, which is to be expected) are entertaining and often quite funny, but there is one thing…

  • Go 1999

    ★★★★ Watched 13 Jul, 2014

    Watching idiots make terrible decisions, set to some sweet nineties jams? Yes, please.

  • Hell Baby 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Jul, 2014 3

    Upset at myself for not seeing this sooner. Not because it was the type of movie I should have seen, but because of the creative forces behind it. Not only is it coming from the minds of The State and Reno 911 stars Tom Lennon and Ben Garant, but it also stars Rob Corddry, Leslie Bibb, Keegan Michael Key, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel, Riki Lindhome and Kumail Nanjiani, all of whom I love (you might think by "love" I meant…

  • Scooby-Doo! and the Reluctant Werewolf 1988

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 10 Jul, 2014

    Reluctant Werewolf and Ghoul School were always my favorite Scooby Doo movies (or extended episodes, or whatever you call 'em).

    This one plays like Scooby Doo meets Speed Racer meets monsters and it's awesome.

  • O Brother, Where Art Thou? 2000

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 08 Jul, 2014 3

    Another movie that plasters a giant grin on my face throughout. Some of the sharpest dialogue that the Coens (or anyone, for that matter) have written and I can't think of three more appropriate people to deliver the majority of it. Clooney, Torturro, and Nelson are all unbelievably memorable and John Goodman steals the show for his short-but-important scenes.

    The music is exceptionally selected and "Man of Constant Sorrow" is a ear-worm of the highest caliber. The entire soundtrack makes for superb driving music.

    The go-to film when talking about digital color correction.

    A masterpiece.

  • They Came Together 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 07 Jul, 2014

    They Came Together is less of a parody and more of a deconstruction of the romantic comedy genre. There are certain films that I can't help but wonder how they actually got made. The fact that someone paid money for this group of people to come together and make THIS movie means that there are still some cool people left in the entertainment industry. 'Cause it's fuckin' funny.

    Joel (Paul Rudd) and Molly (Amy Poehler) are in a restaurant, telling…