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  • Justice League: Gods and Monsters

    Justice League: Gods and Monsters 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 17 Jul, 2015

    Usually, whenever a new adaptation of a popular superhero is announced, audiences usually answer the news with a heavy groan.

    "How many times are we gonna see Batman's parents die?"

    "We all know Superman's origin! We don't need another origin movie?"

    "If they want to reboot Spider-man, why not put another guy in the suit? Like Miles Morales?"

    Those are just some of the complaints you may have heard or read across the internet. Many of these claims can be…

  • Here Even So

    Here Even So 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 17 Jul, 2015 1

    For the last couple days, I've been watching the short films of Eli Hayes and have been praising how wonderfully weird and creepy they were. But deep down, there was a small part of me wishing Hayes would show me something more than just weird and creepy. Countless directors do creepy and weird well nowadays, but very few of them can do anything beyond that. I liked what Hayes was giving me, but I still wished he'd give me something…

  • Eye Contact

    Eye Contact 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 17 Jul, 2015

    Best Eli Hayes short film production I've seen yet.

    Creepy, unnerving, and it gave me chills. Both claustrophobic and spine tingling in atmosphere. The way the voiceover is presented will obviously garner some Lynchian comparison, but Hayes makes the tone and camerawork horrifying in a way that I don't recall ever seeing in any film before; at least to this extent. I was truly terrified and disturbed and in today's day and age with all of the horror flicks I've seen in the past 19 years, that isn't an easy feat.

    Well done, Eli.

  • The Wolfpack

    The Wolfpack 2015

    ★★ Watched 17 Jul, 2015

    About 5 years ago, director Crystal Moselle, fresh out out of film school, came across a pack of strange looking siblings while walking the streets of Manhattan.

    They were the Angulo family.

    The Angulo family is a family of six brothers and one sister who were sheltered (more like isolated) their entire lives by their parents inside of a small apartment that they only left 1-9 times a year. They only learn about the outside world through the wonderful world…

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  • Penis Man: Dickapitated

    Penis Man: Dickapitated 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 15 Jul, 2015 3

    Ok, Penis Man: Dickapitated is officially the greatest title in movie history.

    Eli, you better get Dickapitated copyrighted or else I'm stealing it.

  • Dr. Grapefruit

    Dr. Grapefruit 2015

    ★★★ Watched 15 Jul, 2015 3

    So, Letterboxd's very own Eli Hayes makes short films, huh?

    And they're actually pretty jazzy, too? Who woulda thunk it?

    Impressive, man. Impressive.

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  • Baby Face

    Baby Face 1933

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Jul, 2015

    To my surprise, I've never seen a Barbara Stanwyck film.

    Unless you count some stock footage used in Steve Martin's Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, I've never seen any film starring a woman that many argue is one of the greatest leading ladies in film history. I was happy to rectify such a sin today with Baby Face, a film that proves Stanwyck is definitely worth the hype now as much as I'm sure she was in the 1930's.

    Baby…

  • Danger: Diabolik

    Danger: Diabolik 1968

    ★★ Watched 14 Jul, 2015

    Sometimes, a movie is bad because it can't live up to the hype of it's cult following.

    Sometimes, a movie is bad because just about everything about it is executed horridly.

    Danger: Diabolik is exactly those types of bad movies.

    Fun Fact: The star, John Philip Law, is not related to Jude Law, but that didn't stop me from seeing how strikingly similar they look. Their resemblance is uncanny to me. Maybe they should remake this with Jude Law in the lead.

  • Appropriate Behavior

    Appropriate Behavior 2014

    ★★★ Watched 13 Jul, 2015

    This movie had me at big strap on dildo in the trash, but lost me halfway through.

    Desiree Akhavan introduces herself to the big screen (also directed and wrote; pulling triple duty) as Shirin, a bisexual filmmaking teacher (of five year olds) trying to bounce back from a breakup with her ex-girlfriend, Maxine, as well as struggling to find the right time to tell her Persian family about her sexuality. As she goes on a stream of dates looking for…

  • The Long Goodbye

    The Long Goodbye 1973

    ★★★★½ Watched 10 Jul, 2015

    In a world full of Jef Costellos, Tyler Durdens, and James Bonds, none of them are nearly as cool as pussy loving P.I. Philip Marlowe.

    The film follows Philip Marlowe (Elliott Gould), a calm and collected "smartass"--as he's often referred to in the film--who lives a quiet lifestyle with his cat in an apartment next to some nude yoga practicers. One night, he's visited by long time friend Terry Lennox who asks Marlowe to drive him to the California-Mexico border…