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  • La Haine

    La Haine 1995

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 20 Mar, 2016

    "So far, so good..."

    Usually, when you say that a film feels relevant, it's meant to praise the film. Saying a film hasn't aged a day usually says that the film is so good, that it could've easily been made today.

    Not with La Haine.

    La Haine feels just as relevant today as it did in 1995. It resonates just as strongly with 2016 America as it did with 1995 France. Hate is universal theme here. Police brutality is worldly…

  • Jodorowsky's Dune

    Jodorowsky's Dune 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Mar, 2016

    Alejandro Jodorowsky is a fascinating character.

    I haven't seen enough films from him to comment on his directorial skill (I saw Holy Mountain once like 4 years ago), but the things that run through that man's brain as he seethes through these theatrical mannerisms is fascinating. This documentary highlights his energy.

    This documentary covers "the greatest film never made". How Alejandro Jodorowsky went out of his way to adapt a book--Dune--that he never even read. How his overly ambitious ideas…

  • Bill Hicks: Revelations

    Bill Hicks: Revelations 1993

    ★★★★½ Watched 18 Mar, 2016 2

    "We always kill the guys that try to help us, always. And let the little demons run a muck:John Lennon murdered, John Kennedy murdered, Martin Luther King murdered, Gandhi murdered, Jesus murdered…..Ronald Reagan….wounded."

    While we're at it, let's just add Bill Hicks to that oddly prestigious list of people gone far too soon. Is it a little weird to put a guy who was just a comedian right next to a guy like, say, Jesus? Of course it is, but…

  • Bill Hicks: One Night Stand

    Bill Hicks: One Night Stand 1991

    ★★★★½ Watched 18 Mar, 2016

    I've had a miserable fucking week. Well, to be honest, I've had a miserable couple fucking weeks, but this week in particular just wore me out faster than a Vegas showgirl on a Saturday night. And thus, what you are reading now are the ramblings of a sad, mad madman. Or better yet, just a miserable fuck.

    Then I watched a Bill Hicks special and everything was right in the world.

    Suddenly, I felt rejuvenated as if the last week…

  • Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story

    Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story 1988

    ★★★★★ Watched 13 Mar, 2016 2

    The Carpenters were long before my time and if not for delving into Todd Haynes' filmography, I probably would've never heard of them or Karen Carpenter's tragic death. Surprisingly, the Todd Haynes film with material I'm least familiar with ended up being my favorite Todd Haynes film.

    Instead of live actors, Haynes uses Barbie dolls to portray each person in front of settings hand crafted by Haynes himself. On paper, that sounds ridiculous and this could've easily both looked ridiculous…

  • WWE Roadblock 2016

    WWE Roadblock 2016 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 12 Mar, 2016 2

    While the Roadblock to Wrestlemania felt more like a speed bump or, better yet, stalling the inevitable, it was still a fun show.

    HHH vs Ambrose was great; match of the night for me with another star making performance from Ambrose. Natalya vs Charlotte nearly stole the show. Just as good (maybe better?) than their first NXT: Takeover 2014 encounter. The new heel/face dynamic and some new spots stopped this from being a retread of that same match. Speaking of…

  • Velvet Goldmine

    Velvet Goldmine 1998

    ★★★ Watched 12 Mar, 2016

    Velvet Goldmine reminds me a lot of a more glittery version of Boogie Nights. Or better yet, a glittery version of Citizen Kane. Unfortunately, Velvet Goldmine isn't nearly as good as either film.

    Christian Bale stars as a journalist in 1984 who grew up idolizing 70's pop sensation Brian Slade (aka, Maxwell Demon; a Ziggy Stardust like persona). Bale is given the task of interviewing several influential people in Slade's life following the 10th anniversary of Slade's infamous assassination hoax.…

  • Safe

    Safe 1995

    ★★★★½ Watched 12 Mar, 2016

    Think about that word for a moment. Safe. What does it mean to be safe? To be healthy? Financially and/or domestically secure? Protected from the environment? What in the environment? The people in it or nature itself? Which is more important to be safe from?

    Think about it.

    Now, look to this film. A film starring Julianne Moore as Carol White, a housewife isolated in her environment and inner circle of suburban life. Even more so once she contacts an…

  • Inside Out

    Inside Out 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 06 Mar, 2016

    Inside Out is an emotional roller coaster ride.

    Speaking of, out of all the puns in this movie, I'm mad that there isn't one single emotional roller coaster joke.

  • Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song

    Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song 1971

    ★★★½ Watched 06 Mar, 2016

    This movie is so black and I love how black it is.

    From the number of blacks in the cast, to the music, to the dialect, to the message, to the sheer symbolism of it all, this is undeniably a black film. We don't get movies this black in 2016 so I can imagine just how refreshing this was for black people in 1971. It's refreshing to see it now in 2016.

    For those unaware of probably the earliest independent…

  • Texas Chainsaw 3D

    Texas Chainsaw 3D 2013

    ½ Watched 06 Mar, 2016 4

    "Welcome to Texas, motherfucker!"
    -A character who was not born or raised in Texas before spending the last day there. It's that kind of movie.

    I didn't expect much of anything from this, except for a film with a shred of thought to it. You know, a film that doesn't peg it's audiences for idiots. A film that's gone through enough drafts to have as few glaring inconsistencies/flaws as possible. A film that doesn't try to insult the intelligence of…

  • Cloverfield

    Cloverfield 2008

    ★★★★ Watched 05 Mar, 2016 2

    "Wait, you know who Superman is?"

    We're like a week away from the release of 10 Cloverfield Lane and despite never seeing Cloverfield before today, the trailers for it's pseudo-sequel peaked my interest enough to be my most anticipated 2016 release. So in preparation, I decided it was about time I finally saw Cloverfield and what a surprise, it's kind of fantastic.

    Originally, I was worried that the found footage aspect of the film wouldn't work for me. Not only…