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  • Birdman 2014

    ★★★ Watched 17 Oct, 2014

    The man screaming "A TALE OF SOUND AND FURY SIGNIFYING NOTHING" outside the liquor store should've been played by Iñárritu.

    He undoes strong work by the cast (Norton, Stone, and Keaton-- the older women are given little to do, for shame) and gorgeous Lubezki visuals by cluttering up the joint, biting off way more than he can chew, breaking away from Keaton for stretches (what's the point of the "one-take" stylistic choice and all of the fantasy stuff if the…

  • Fury 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Oct, 2014

    Bleak, violent, and gorgeously muddy. The ensemble is outstanding (all-stars: Shia and Bernthal). Refreshingly free of moralizing and preaching. Outside of one sequence (the nail-biting apartment stuff, darker than anything in combat), it's fairly predictable in its unfolding, but the journey delivers: I wanted a David Ayer tank movie, and I got one.

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  • Sucker Punch 2011

    ½ Rewatched 24 Aug, 2013 2

    In case you were wondering, this is still one the ugliest, most brainless, most unpleasant, and most fucking terrible movies made in your lifetime.

  • Room 237 2012

    Watched 01 Apr, 2013 2

    Hard for me to give this an actual grade, as that would implies it's an actual movie, when really it's closer to a PowerPoint. The loonier segments have the capacity fascinate (the moon landing guy, in particular), but since we never get to know any of the people behind the theories, it never gets more interesting than occasionally being compelled to mutter aloud, "Well, THAT'S a stretch!" The rest is either exclusively for Shining die-hards or for those who never…