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  • Graffiti Bridge

    Graffiti Bridge 1990

    ★½ Watched 07 Jun, 2016

    The two worst things Hollywood ever did:

    1.) Not given Morris Day his own movie.

    2.) Giving Prince creative control on a movie.

    The first thing is a travesty in itself, but letting a movie get made that's written and directed by Prince should've never happened. What made Purple Rain so great is that as much of a vanity project that film is, it's still contained for a Prince project because Prince had very little to no creative involvement. He…

  • The Temptations

    The Temptations 1998

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 04 Jun, 2016

    5 stars for Leon's performance as David Ruffin alone.

    It's a great biopic on it's own filled with so many great, memorable, emotional moments (as long as you're willing to dedicate over 3 hrs to it), but as Ruffin, Leon steals the show. Literally; in every sense of the word.

    It's everything you want in a compelling character played by a capable actor. He's cruel. He's charming. He's funny. He's tragic. He's pathetic. You hate him. You love him. He's…

  • The Driftless Area

    The Driftless Area 2015

    Watched 03 Jun, 2016

    You ever watch a film and got the impression that it desperately tried to emulate (or imitate) something that it isn't?

    I got that feeling while watching The Driftless Area.

    I felt like I was watching a film that tried to be a little Twin Peaks-esque (back when it was weird, but still grounded in reality), but lacked the personality to be anything close to that style or entertaining for that matter. In fact, this film felt devoid of personality.…

  • Cas & Dylan

    Cas & Dylan 2013

    ★★ Watched 08 May, 2016

    I'm not sure what's worse: the fact that Tatiana Maslany is better than this or that I didn't know Richard Dreyfuss was alive in 2013.

    Wait, Richard Dreyfuss is alive in 2016???

  • The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)

    The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) 2015

    ★★★ Watched 10 May, 2016 5

    The only way to watch these movies is with a group of friends. What may come off as obscene/tedious/childish to someone watching alone automatically becomes loads of fun with an audience.

    Any possible criticism aside, I really want to be a director like Tom Six if only for the fact this film shows he does not give a shit. He doesn't give a shit about how you feel about him or his films so he is going to present himself…

  • Purple Rain

    Purple Rain 1984

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 21 Apr, 2016 12

    Prince died today. Today is cancelled.

    If you need me, I'll be watching this movie and playing his Greatest Hits album for the rest of the day.

    He was my favorite musical artist.

    He was an enigmatic persona if I ever saw one.

    He was Prince. What else is there to say?

    RIP. Rest in Purple.

  • Blue Is the Warmest Color

    Blue Is the Warmest Color 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Apr, 2016 2

    You know what else is blue and warm?

    The tears streaming down my face as the credits roll.

  • My Own Private Idaho

    My Own Private Idaho 1991

    ★★★★½ Watched 15 Apr, 2016 15

    I've ragged on Gus Van Sant over the years as much as anyone else who saw his Psycho remake, Paranoid Park, and Restless, but I never realized that he was capable of such a dreamlike, jaw dropping imagery like that of My Own Private Idaho. More of this please, Gus Van Sant. More of this, please

    River Phoenix was an incredible actor and this film showcases the very best he was able to offer in his unfortunately brief life and…

  • Blue Velvet

    Blue Velvet 1986

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 10 Apr, 2016 5

    A classic image of perfect suburban life is shattered by a random act of violence. A young man so closely attached and familiar with that suburban lifestyle is fascinated--like an obsessive, yet innocent perversion--and desperately wants to understand what that dangerous, violent shade of life is like, but he can never know unless he confronts that lifestyle head on. When he finally does, he isn't ready. He could never be ready for the venomous, ugly scenes that lie beyond a white picket fence.

    There's also a bunch of awkward sex, Dennis Hopper high out of his mind, and a chicken walk. This movie's fucking weird.

  • Countdown

    Countdown 2016

    ★½ Watched 07 Apr, 2016 8

    This is the most garbage, by the numbers action flick you'll ever pull out of the cheap dvd bin, but it's worth seeing for this moment alone.

    Then again, that whole moment is in the trailer so this isn't worth seeing at all.

  • Persona

    Persona 1966

    ★★★★½ Watched 28 Mar, 2016 2

    My relationship with director Ingmar Bergman has been an interesting one so far.

    Wild Strawberries was visual poetry in motion. Scenes from a Marriage was a simpler, but even more effective and emotionally draining masterpiece. And now, I've seen Persona, which is a whole different beast altogether.

    Three distinctively different films. None of which showcase one specific style of the director. The fact that he can transition to making such different types of films is what impresses me the most…

  • The Artist

    The Artist 2011

    ★★★★ Rewatched 30 Mar, 2016

    To repeat an old cliche, silence is golden.

    When The Artist first came out and swept the Oscars a few years back, I loved it. I was sure that it wasn't going to hold up on a rewatch but to my surprise, it was just as great as I remember it.

    Going into this rewatch, I hoped to at least like this, but I expected nothing but a "cute" film. And for a long time early on, it was nothing…