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  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 26 Aug, 2014

    In 2005 my friend and I went to a theater, bought tickets to a movie (probably Fever Pitch or something) and opened every door until we found Sin City. I had been obsessing over the trailer and knew, with its more-than-unique style and incredible cast, that I had to see it on the big screen. It did not disappoint.

    Three years later (in 2008) me and that same friend when to the same theater, excited to see Frank Miller's newest…

  • Calvary 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 23 Aug, 2014 3

    Brendan Gleeson leads one of the year's finest casts in John Michael McDonagh's darkly serene Calvary.

    Father James (Gleeson) hears the confession of a man who, as a boy, was repeatedly molested by his priest. Since that priest is dead - and it wouldn't matter to kill one of the bad ones - the man tells Father James that he will meet him on the beach, come Sunday, to kill him. Most interestingly, James knows who it was. But we…

  • The Nut Job 2014

    ★★½ Watched 20 Aug, 2014

    There is a scene where Gangnam style comes on for a few seconds for seemingly no reason. Then during the credits a cartoon PSY appears on screen for the entire song, as the names of Americans and South Koreans scroll by. Come to find out "With a budget of $42.8 million, it is the most expensive animated film co-produced in South Korea."

    So... I mean... there's that.

  • Life Itself 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 18 Aug, 2014

    A touching documentary about love, loss, hope, and - most importantly - cinema. Life Itself is a celebration of not only the life and work of Roger Ebert, but of the art form that he was so passionate about.

    It is at it's best when it recounts the relationship between him and Gene Siskel, but at it's most touching when it focuses on he and wife Chaz's relationship (especially nearing the end of Ebert's life).

  • The Jewel of the Nile 1985

    ★★★ Watched 16 Aug, 2014

    Funnier and more fun than Romancing the Stone, but without the stakes. Jewel of the Nile is a good time, but doesn't exactly put you on the edge of your seat. The biggest problem with these two movies is that they aren't Indiana Jones. The other two problems are 1) Kathleen Turner should be the lead and, in both films, takes the back seat to Michael Douglas (not that he's bad, but the story basically calls for her to outshine him and the script doesn't let her) and 2)Danny DeVito isn't in them enough.

    Still, fun film making and the cast is absolutely game.

  • Simon & Garfunkel: The Concert in Central Park 1981

    ★★★★½ Watched 14 Aug, 2014

    Visually completely uninteresting (especially compared to greats like Stop Making Sense or Shut Up and Play the Hits), but who cares. One of the best live albums ever.

    That horn section!

  • Jumanji 1995

    ★★★★ Rewatched 13 Aug, 2014

    With Robin Williams' passing and everyone in my city's basement flooding*, I figured it was time to revisit childhood favorite Jumanji -- a movie starring Robin Williams, where their basement floods.

    The creative story is still compelling and the effects are alarmingly good for a movie that is almost twenty years old and Dunst, Hunt, and Williams are all wonderful. The standout, though, is David Alan Grier, whose frantic cop character is always hilarious.

    While it doesn't spark my imagination quite like it did when I was younger, it's still well worth a watch.

    *ironically, our VHS collection was ruined, including our copy of Jumanji.

  • Where the Wild Things Are 2009

    ★★★★★ Watched 10 Aug, 2014

    With the way it perfectly encapsulates what it's like to be a young boy, Where the Wild Things are could just as easily be titled Boyhood. Max Records is appropriately feral, while Karen O's music not only represents the tone of the movie, but the inside of Max's mind.

    I have been afraid to watch Where the Wild Things Are ever since seeing it's memorable trailer. I was worried that it would either be horribly disappointing or that Sendak's (and…

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 11 Aug, 2014 2

    When it's about the Turtles, it's awesome. From their jokes to their butt kicking, I genuinely think Liebesman and the writers nailed it. However, when it's about anything else, it misses the mark. The back story is needlessly complicated and they do that thing where the protagonist (in this case April O'Neil) tries to tell people about what they saw ans no one believes her. The original never really had that and O'Neil went form being scared of them to…

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1990

    ★★★★ Watched 10 Aug, 2014

    I've only just realized that this movie was a Golden Harvest production. Golden Harvest launched the careers of both Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan, so it's no wonder the OG TMNT feels so much, in some ways, like a Hong Kong martial arts film (despite the turtles' Japanese influences).

    While it is often quite silly, TMNT is also somewhat of a neo-noir, kung fu movie that is actually fairly dark, despite its cheerful tone. I particularly enjoy the giant, secret…

  • Topsy-Turvy 1999

    ★★★★½ Watched 09 Aug, 2014

    At around two hours and forty minutes long, Mike Leigh's Topsy-Turvy is somehow the perfect length. Despite many scenes, or even individual shots, that linger quite a bit longer than average, nothing feels forced or unnecessary. In fact, once the credits rolled, I found myself immediately navigating the disc's menu in search of the supplements.

    The story of Gilbert and Sullivan's relationship and work (particularly their most famous work "The Mikado") is oozing with humor and humanity. The phenomenal production…

  • Boyhood 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 07 Aug, 2014

    For me, there's Boyhood: The achievement in film-making and Boyhood: The 2014 film. And, while as an achievement it absolutely deserves all of the credit it has gotten (and will get for years to come), the movie was just a bummer.

    For the first forty minutes, Boyhood is just that: boyhood. It's specific-yet-broad enough to strike a chord with just about any boy in a certain group of ages. From Dragon Ball Z posters and Halo to siblings fighting, both…