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  • Man on Fire 2004

    ★★★½ Watched 27 Jan, 2015 2

    Solid story and great performances from Washington and Fanning. Unfortunately, Walken and Rourke are underused and Tony Scott's style takes away from the story in a lot of ways (I've never been a fan of his direction, but this movie was particularly egregious).

    While it isn't The Professional, it's definitely worth a watch.

  • Bill Burr: I'm Sorry You Feel That Way 2014

    ★★★ Watched 26 Jan, 2015

    He's a master performer, but I only laughed out loud a hand full of times. Won't stop me from recommending it to fans of stand up, though.

  • Knights of Badassdom 2013

    Watched 25 Jan, 2015

    I was looking forward to this for a LONG time, as it suffered through development hell. The feedback it got upon finally being released definitely quashed all of my excitement, but I finally got around to it and it just left me puzzled. I mean, the cast was fine and the budget was even appropriate for the kind of movie it is. The style was a little lens-flairy for my taste (and I defend Abrams), but that wasn't so bad…

  • There's No Place Like Home 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 23 Jan, 2015

    Being someone who couldn't care less about basketball, this was much more interesting to me than it had any right to be.

    While it's definitely a niche doc, it's still a unique story about a unique document, featuring plenty of unique individuals.

  • The U Part 2

    ★★★★ Watched 22 Jan, 2015

    While the first part of the documentary is not only stylistically flawed, but flawed in that it glorifies players for essentially acting terribly, the second part reigns in the style and provides a perfect analogy for American Government: corruption, corruption, corruption.

    Trick Daddy rules.

  • Toy Story 3 2010

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 21 Jan, 2015

    Well, I did it again. For the first time since its release, I risked the dryness of my face and watched Toy Story 3.

    While Toy Story is perfect in its simplicity (I just can't stop comparing it to Die Hard!) and Toy Story 2 builds upon the universe by providing more characters and laughs, Toy Story 3 is extremely complex. It not-so-subtly dealing with some of film's hardest themes (mortality, friendship, etc.), yet is still as funny as the…

  • Toy Story 2 1999

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 20 Jan, 2015 1

    While Toy Story 2 is, for me, the weakest in the trilogy, it is still phenomenal and, perhaps, the most fun of the three.

    While Toy Story is a tight story of friendship and acceptance, the sequel ups the stakes by taking the whole gang on an epic rescue mission. While bigger is not always better (The Die Hard movies are a perfect example), it works here and feels more like a natural progression than a forced film.

    Shots of…

  • Toy Story 1995

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 20 Jan, 2015

    I've finally worked up the courage to watch the entire Toy Story trilogy for the first time since the release of the third one. I've been putting it off for years for fear of drowning in my own stupid tears.

    While Toy Story is a completely different film to me every few years I revisit it, perhaps the coolest thing about it is that it appeals to all ages in truly unique ways. Funnier and more clever than ever, it…

  • The Ghost Writer 2010

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Jan, 2015

    As boring as it is subtle (get it?), Polanski's political mystery is clever and engaging throughout. McGregor is given the burden of delivering some truly bad lines, but makes up for it with a good performance. However, it is Olivia Williams who steals the show here, as the neglected wife of Brosnan's Tony Blair-esque character (for legal purposes, I am required to mention that Brosnan's character may or may not have been influenced by the former PM).

    Well worth a watch.

  • War, Inc. 2008

    ★★★ Watched 19 Jan, 2015

    An extraordinarily strange movie that is at its best when it embraces that and at its worst when it's trying to conform to action tropes.

    The cast is so game that it makes all of the wackiness work.

  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya 2013

    ★★★ Watched 18 Jan, 2015 2

    Incredibly artistic animation and a very good score help to hide a tonally inconsistent and, frankly, dumb story.

    The Tale of Princess Kaguya follows a bamboo cutter who finds a tiny girl in a bamboo shoot and raises her to become a princess. Later many men pine for her, as she reveals that she is from the moon and must soon return. It is sometimes sweet, sometimes funny, and sometimes outright ridiculous. Overall, however, it is too long and doesn't…

  • The Wraith 1986

    ½ Watched 16 Jan, 2015