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  • They All Laughed 1981

    ★★★★½ Watched 22 Jul, 2014

    They All Laughed was New Hollywood's last hurrah, but at least they went out with a bang. A bang no one heard, it seems, but as I've now seen, it did actually happen.
    Peter Bogdanovich is someone I'm starting to familiarize myself with, and two films (Targets) in it's looking a lot like love.

    They All Laughed is a bit hard to define, not to mention review. There's a certain element of screwball shenanigans including Ritter's slapstick, there's some caper…

  • The Raid 2 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 20 Jul, 2014

    The fact that so many had seen this before me, and I'd chanced a reading or two of the select reviews that pop up in my activity feed (rather vast array of ratings have occured as well), there was this lingering doubt in the back of my mind, that Gareth Evans had bit of more than he could chew this time, both when trying to flesh out what essentially was a non-existant plot in the previous, and by dragging the…

  • Chrysalis 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 22 Jul, 2014

    I was quite impressed by this little micro-budgeter (love that indie-horrors are having a great time of it these last couple of years) about the dystopian society left on Earth (our protagonists are in the US, of course) after a wide-spread terrorist attack involving, among other things, biological weapons that have lead to the zombie-fication of much of human civilization.

    In the beginning we're introduced to a couple fending for them selves in a derelict metropolitan area. Run-ins with "infected"…

  • Hour of the Gun 1967

    ★★★½ Watched 20 Jul, 2014 1

    Skimmed through James Garner's back catalogue to see if I could find something to watch today, in remembrance. Hour of the Gun seemed to suit the purpose, and had Robert Ryan in it as well. Little did I know, it was to be Jason Robards (fittingly placed in the center of the poster) that would walk away with it, as Doc Holiday.

    Earp, Holiday and the Clanton's are still at it at middle age, and the good guys are heavily…

  • The Palm Beach Story 1942

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Jul, 2014

    "That's one of the tragedies of this life - that the men who are most in need of a beating up are always enormous."

    Claudette Colbert is wonderful, and has inspired me to finally watch "It Happened One Night" this week. Thankfully so, as the rest of the cast can't hold a candle to her. McRea, though I'm a fan of his westerns, isn't really made for snappy comedy, and becomes even more wooden than usual. Mary Astor does her…

  • Locke 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 18 Jul, 2014

    Steven Knight had proven he could handle something out of the ordinary in his debut (The Stath in a film leaning more towards drama than action if you can believe it), and here he goes even further.
    Tom Hardy spending the entirety of the running time inside his car, driving from somewhere in Wales (accent confusion in abundance as Hardy's "Welsh" is a bit all over the place, and his family speaks "English") to a destination somewhere in the outskirts…

  • Life Itself 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Jul, 2014 1

    This documentary manages to juggle all the right aspects of a life lived, from the early beginnings of an aspiring journalist, via the debauched years on the shadier side of Chicago's nightlife, through the love/hate relationship with Siskel and the family life he finally got to experience in his later years right up to the inevitable end.

    Steve James made a heartfelt film, with moving, funny, sad, educational and even though some participants don't come out the other side perhaps…

  • Black Coal, Thin Ice 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 12 Jul, 2014

    A detective refuses to let go of a case, long after it's become cold, to the extent he is forced to leave his job to get his final chance to uncover the truth about what happened when several dismembered bodies were found in coal plants around the country five years ago.

    At times, Black Coal is a bit incoherent, and some events that seemed pretty major to me are left unexplored further. Takes a que from Korean cinema and adds…

  • Policeman 2011

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Jul, 2014

    Policeman (Ha-shoter) has been floating around in limbo since festival season in 2011 and almost counts as a 2014 release now.
    The film is divided into three parts, the first is set around a member of an elite task force trying to juggle a pregnant wife, the rest of his family, his job and doing right by a dying colleague. This is by far the best part, and Yiftach Klein is great.
    The second part revolves around a group of…

  • They Came Together 2014

    ★★★ Watched 13 Jul, 2014

    It's fun to see many of the WHAS gang again, and it has a few very funny gags, but more than it's share of drawn out unfunny skits as well. Likeable leads help, and I also appreciate what they set out to do, I just don't think they thought it through, as it feels less like a homogenous film than skits assembled and somewhat put in chronological order.

  • Asthma 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 07 Jul, 2014

    The directing debut of Jake Hoffman (son of Dustin) is a decent enough indie, with an eclectic cast (Iggy Pop, voice of Nick Nolte, a hairy Goran Visnjic, Rosanna Arquette) hightened by Benedict Samuel's (another Home and Away alumn) astonishing breakthrough. A completely unknown entity to me, he carries this film with an iconic performance, playing a junkie that just up and leaves a NY he's become desillusioned with after a failed suicide and thrashed apartment. Stealing a car, he…

  • Winter Kills 1979

    ★★★ Watched 16 Jul, 2014

    The cast of a lifetime is squandered by Richert, but it is still very fascinating and John Huston is a sight. Winter Kills (even the title makes no sense) boasts a cast of known tough guys (Joe Spinell, Ralph Meeker, Brad Dexter, Richard Boone, Toshiro Mifune and Tomas Milian) starlets somewhat out of their prime (Dorothy Malone and Elizabeth Taylor) the sexy couple Jeff Bridges and Belinda Bauer showing off their nakedness, Sterling Hayden's wonderful cameo (most actors only show…