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  • Saturday Night 2010

    ★★★★ Watched 13 Feb, 2015

    There's not much here for the non-fan but if you've ever been interested in SNL or comedy writing, this is absolutely essential viewing. Some of James Franco's directorial choices leave a lot to be desired (to be fair, this ~was~ initially just a student film) but the cast is clearly comfortable around him, resulting in what feels like unprecedented access to this process and an intimate, inclusive feel that really makes this feel like something special. While I wish it…

  • American Sniper 2014

    ★½ Watched 30 Jan, 2015

    I went into this movie with zero expectations and still left disappointed. The film tries to be too many things at once (war epic, thriller, character drama, American propaganda, biopic) and ends up not succeeding in any of the genres it attempts. Bradley Cooper does his darnedest to make it work and there is definitely potential in the material but the film is weirdly caught between two extremes: is it saying "war is totally bad-ass" or "war is total bullshit"?…

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  • Inglourious Basterds 2009

    ★★★★★ Watched 17 Sep, 2009 2

    I can't even think of words to describe the ways I love this movie. Masterfully clever, shocking, nail-bitingly tense, hilarious - the cast is a once in a lifetime cavalcade of awesome and I have no doubt that there are a number of scenes that will be studied in film classes years from now. Definitely Quentin Tarantino's most mature, coherent film and arguably his best. QT deserved the Best Original Screenplay Oscar this year and it is a travesty that Melanie Laurent wasn't even nominated for her performance.

  • In Bruges 2008

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Oct, 2012

    Not at all what I was expecting - in a good way. Funny, interesting and surprisingly somber at times; I can see myself revisiting this film quite a bit in the future.