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  • Chained

    Chained 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 20 Sep, 2015 4

    So today is my 20th birthday. I ended up celebrating with some friends last night and drinks were involved so if this review sounds incoherent in any way, it's because my head is still throbbing. I apologize in advance.

    Anyway, a friend recommended this to me and it was really unsettling. It's about a cab driver (Vincent D'onofrio; giving his best shot at a Pacino accent) who kidnaps and kills his female customers. One day, he captures a woman and…

  • May

    May 2002

    ★★★ Rewatched 19 Sep, 2015

    I did not at all plan on watching two Frankenstein-eque films back to back where the main character somehow tries to make a real boy but ends up creating a monster.

    But what an experience it is to accidentally watch two fucked up movies like these back to back. What a happy accident.

  • It's Alive

    It's Alive 1974

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Sep, 2015 2

    I had no idea what this was about going into it.

    The title made me think it was some riff or adaptation of Frankenstein.

    I had no idea I was walking into a movie about a 10lb killer mutant baby that's more in line with Rosemary's Baby or We Need To Talk About Kevin.

    And yet it still fits with some major themes of Frankenstein. Plus it's genuinely creepy, suspenseful, and kind of terrifying. Terrifically written and acted too.

    This movie is fucking awesome!

  • Thirst

    Thirst 2009

    ★★★½ Watched 18 Sep, 2015

    On the surface, it looks like a really dark, tense horror (as the poster at least may suggest) but really, it's just a goofy as fuck vampire movie and I love every bit of goofiness this flick has to offer. It's awkward and hysterical.

    Kim Ok-bin gives a pretty excellent performance though. I'm surprised more people aren't raving about her.

  • Barbershop

    Barbershop 2002

    ★★★★ Rewatched 17 Sep, 2015

    "Rosa Parks ain't do nothing but sit her black ass down."

    Funny thing is he's right.

    Funnier thing is Jesse Jackson actually did get super pissed because of this scene. Less because of the Rosa Parks line. More because of the "Fuck Jesse Jackson!" line.

  • A Woman Is a Woman

    A Woman Is a Woman 1961

    ★★★★ Watched 09 Sep, 2015 2

    Jean-Luc Godard has to be the coolest cat to ever step foot on a movie set.

    He has to be! How else can all of his films be full of so much cool and so much charm? You've got to know cool to make cool. You've got to be charming to make charming. And Godard was a cool, charming motherfucker. I just know it.

    This film is so cool and charming that it made me fall in love with musicals.…

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  • Life Is Beautiful

    Life Is Beautiful 1997

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 07 Sep, 2015 1

    In the comedy world, there's a very small list of topics that are usually considered off-limits because making light of certain serious subjects could risk coming off as tasteless. You'd think that the Holocaust would be pretty high on that list, right?

    Surprisingly, The Holocaust can make for some pretty hilarious subject matter.

    At least in the context that Robert Benigni uses it. As a film split in two parts--one capturing the slapstick wonder that's reminiscent of Charlie Chaplin and…

  • The Pavement

    The Pavement 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 07 Sep, 2015


    How can so much shock, awe, and beauty be packed into one emotional roller-coaster ride that's less than 3 minutes long?

    How I ask you?!

    I'm still stunned.

    This probably isn't long enough to hail it as one of my favorite films ever, but I think I've found an instant favorite short film.

  • The Master

    The Master 2012

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 07 Sep, 2015

    Every time I look at The Master, it just reminds me how much Paul Thomas Anderson is the modern master at storytelling through filmmaking.

    The Master shows me what happens when a truly unstoppable/irresistible force meets a totally immovable object.

    Since the first time I've seen this film, whenever I think of the famous Unstoppable Force Paradox, the first example of such an altercation that comes to my mind--more often than not--is that between Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) and Lancaster…

  • Mrs. Doubtfire

    Mrs. Doubtfire 1993

    ★★★★ Watched 06 Sep, 2015

    I don't think any film showcased the best of Robin Williams' abilities better than Mrs. Doubtfire.

    This probably isn't his best film and it's probably not even his best performance, but I'd call it his definitive work. If someone approached me and said "I don't know who Robin Williams is, but I want to see more of his work. Where do I start?", I'll tell them to pop this in. His manic energy, the variety of voices he was capable…

  • Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip

    Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip 1982

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 04 Sep, 2015

    There's nothing funnier than hearing Richard Pryor recount the night he became a burning matchstick.