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  • Hard Eight

    Hard Eight 1996

    ★★★★ Rewatched 03 Mar, 2016 2

    A long time ago, there was a kid with a dream. A kid with dreams about pornstars, oilmen, and scientologists. That kid was Paul Thomas Anderson and before he could make those dreams come true, he made Hard Eight instead.

    Hard Eight follows Sydney (Phillip Baker Hall), an expert gambler who takes a young hotshot (John C. Reilly) under his wing. In the coming years, they become great friends, but trouble starts to brew once Sydney's protege falls in love…

  • Boogie Nights

    Boogie Nights 1997

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 03 Mar, 2016 2

    *Rewatched with commentary by Paul Thomas Anderson*

    Contrasting with the previous and equally entertaining Boogie Nights commentary, this solo show from Paul Thomas Anderson is very informative.

    Lots of nice stories and insights into the film from the director himself. It actually highlights him not only as the passionate visionary we all know him as, but also as a subconcious perfectionist I wasn't aware he was. He explains how hard he worked on getting these scenes as good/right as they…

  • Boogie Nights

    Boogie Nights 1997

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 02 Mar, 2016 3

    *Rewatched with commentary by Paul Thomas Anderson, Mark Wahlberg, Don Cheadle, Heather Graham, Luis Guzman, Julianne Moore, William H. Macy, John C. Reilly, and Melora Walters*

    Technically, these are a bunch of tracks lumped together since not every actor could be in the same room at the same time. Usually, that makes for a distracting, frustrating commentary track, but this is a happy exception because of the dynamic PTA creates with each actor. PTA has this manic personality where he…

  • Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane 1941

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 02 Mar, 2016

    If you don't think Citizen Kane is the greatest movie ever made, obviously you haven't seen Mr. Thatcher deliver the line "I think it would be fun to run a newspaper" *grrrr* in the single greatest moment in cinematic history.

  • Spectre

    Spectre 2015

    ★★½ Added 2

    And the Oscar for Best Original Song goes to...

    Writings on the Wall by Sam Smith!

    Wow, the winner for Best Song goes to the most boring song among the nods AND the most boring Bond theme in the entire franchise. I hate to sound like someone complaining, but it's reasons like this why so many people call the Oscars garbage. This is just an example of the Oscars awarding mediocrity to me.

  • Spotlight

    Spotlight 2015

    ★★★½ Added

    And the Oscar for Best Picture goes to...

    SPOTLIGHT!

    Eh, I can't really co-sign this win. I find myself saying that a lot with Best Picture winners, but there's something weird about a Best Picture winner that's only won 2 awards throughout the whole night; including this award. I mean, maybe it'll grow on me with a rewatch, I don't know, but this one didn't thrill me as much as everybody else. Solid flick, don't get me wrong, but far…

  • The Revenant

    The Revenant 2015

    ★★★★ Added

    And the Oscar for Best Actor goes to...

    LEONARDO DICAPRIO!

    All I can say is... FINALLY.

  • Room

    Room 2015

    ★★★★★ Added

    And the Oscar for Best Actress goes to...

    Brie Larson for Room!

    She's always gonna be Toni Collette's daughter from United States of Tara to me no matter how many roles I see her in and no matter how many Oscars she wins, but for as long as I've followed her career (fuck US of Tara was almost 10 years ago I feel old) it's awesome to finally see her star rising and to see her get an Oscar for…

  • The Revenant

    The Revenant 2015

    ★★★★ Added

    And the winner for Best Director goes to...

    *Sean Penn voice* Who gave this son of a bitch his Green Card?
    Alejandro G. Iñárritu!

    Pretty well deserved if you ask me. This film is such a visual marvel. It's been noted for it's influences from guys like Terrence Malick, but visually, this is unlike anything I've seen before. It really is a film with some striking shots and memorable camera work and for the second year in a row, Iñárritu…

  • Bridge of Spies

    Bridge of Spies 2015

    ★★★½ Added

    And the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor goes to...

    Mark Rylance!

    HOLY SHIT. DID NOT SEE THAT ONE COMING! I loved Rylance's performance in this movie, he was beyond excellent, but I was certain Stallone was going to get the pity Oscar vote. Not to knock his performance though. Stallone was great (really, all 5 nominees were great and it could've gone either way) but Rylance's performance was miles ahead of him. I was hoping for either Rylance or Hardy…

  • The Danish Girl

    The Danish Girl 2015

    Added

    And the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress goes to...

    Alicia Vikander for The Danish Girl!

    I haven't seen this film yet-- if I end up seeing it giving all the scathing things I've read about it--so I can't comment on Vikander's performance, but she was excellent in Ex Machina so I'm sure she's top notch in this film. Plus, even though this and Steve Jobs were the only films I hadn't seen in this category, this was a pretty stacked…

  • The Big Short

    The Big Short 2015

    ★★★★½ Added

    And the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay goes to...

    The Big Short!

    And to explain why The Big Short won the Screenplay Oscar, here's Margot Robbie in a bathtub reciting her lines for Suicide Squad.

    "We're bad guys! It's what we...*notices camera*...oh hi there! Didn't see you there. Well, The Big Short, as much as it can occasionally be confusing when trying to take in all of that financial jargin, it's always entertaining. Entertaining as a biting satire when you…