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  • American Hustle 2013

    ★★★ Watched 09 Feb, 2014

    It's difficult to explain why American Hustle doesn't quite work. The performances and cast are great and I thoroughly enjoyed most scenes, but by the end it doesn't all amount to much. I got the feeling that the director was in love with the actors he got and just let them run wild, editing whatever happened into a film. There's a plot, but it doesn't seem like the focus. The movie doesn't feel tight. Instead it feels like a long string of scenes where talented actors argue with each other in character. It's fun while it lasts but is doomed to be forgotten.

  • Dark Star 1974

    ★★½ Watched 17 Feb, 2014

    I want to call this movie a weird mess, but it's a low budget sci-fi satirical comedy from the 1970's. It's kind of redundant. Some scenes are fully while others are tedious, and the whole thing is thankfully short. There's nothing spectacular here, but Dark Star is worth watching just for the memorable argument at the end.

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  • Heckler 2007

    ½ Watched 01 Jan, 2013 1

    This film is called Heckler, so you could be forgiven to think that was truly the subject of the movie. There are in fact about 25 minutes of footage that consists of various loonies shouting at a comedian while they're trying to perform their act. There are interviews with said comedians where they discuss what kind of encounters they have and why people behave in such a disruptive way. This portion of Heckler is sloppy in that it lacks any…

  • Battle Royale II: Requiem 2003

    Watched 07 Jul, 2012 1

    This film is fundamentally flawed. The entire concept is just one massive misfire. The introduction is decent if a bit too similar to the previous movie, but then everything quickly devolves into a long sequence of scenes where nothing makes sense. Character motivations are absurd, whatever is going on at the time is nonsense, and the logistics of the plot are nightmarish.

    We rejoin the guy who lived through the first film, but he's now an entirely different character. Despite…