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  • Volver

    Volver 2006

    ★★★★ Watched 27 May, 2016 2

    This is the kind of Almodovar where all the weird quirks work together to make something great. It's all over the place and never really lets you stay in one genre at a time. Keeps moving and keeps things interesting.

  • Biutiful

    Biutiful 2010

    ★★★★ Watched 25 May, 2016

    I didn't have high hopes for this one. I hate the early Inarritu pictures that have the storylines come together and they're so tragic and such and such. This has elements of that, but it's toned way down and doesn't feel contrived in the same way. Sure, there are moments, but not nearly as bad.

    And then it's Javier Bardem. What a performance. He makes the film what it is. Soulfully, painfully, he takes you on a trip through a…

  • All About My Mother

    All About My Mother 1999

    ★★★ Watched 25 May, 2016

    Sometimes Almodovar just gets too melodramatic for me, and I get off the train. Happened here. It's got good performances, but found it hard to engage with.

  • The Philadelphia Story

    The Philadelphia Story 1940

    ★★★½ Watched 25 May, 2016

    Grant and Stewart in the same picture? That's gotta be breaking the rules, somehow.

  • The Brood

    The Brood 1979

    ★★★★ Watched 24 May, 2016 4

    Canadian Peter Dinklage gets into some messed up stuff. Gets kind of brilliant towards the ending. Cronenberg crazy is a great kind of crazy.

  • The Straight Story

    The Straight Story 1999

    ★★★★ Watched 23 May, 2016

    Fantastic lead performance. The story kind of reminded me of the great Werner Herzog walk from Munich to Paris. What a guy, what a story.

  • Triple 9

    Triple 9 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 22 May, 2016 3

    About as solid as a cop thriller gets. It's got loads of great scenes and a stacked, heavy stacked, cast, but ultimately it doesn't add up to all that much. Too bad, but sometimes all you need is a flick like this.

  • Pan

    Pan 2015

    ★★★ Watched 22 May, 2016 2

    Didn't really find it all that engaging. It looks great like all of Wright's flicks, but that's probably the best thing I can say about it.

  • El Topo

    El Topo 1970

    ★★★½ Watched 21 May, 2016 4

    It's got a similar, great look as the one he presents in the Holy Mountain, and it's full of all kinds of interesting and weird images and situations, just like HM as well. But it doesn't work in the same way here. It feels way too long, and some of the things just flat out didn't work for me. It's still cool and unique, it's just not as good as HM.

  • White God

    White God 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 21 May, 2016

    It's a really good film that just never really reached that extra level on the whole. There are great, great scenes in here, though. The ending, of course, and then scenes here and there. But it really is down to the dogs. The scenes without dogs are not nearly as good, and I was just waiting to get back to Hagen. What a performance(s).

  • Insidious: Chapter 2

    Insidious: Chapter 2 2013

    ★★★ Watched 20 May, 2016

    Some pretty cool ideas in here, the way they tied everything together. But at the same time, it seems like they were trying to go for a Sam Raimi vibe at times, which completely failed, and ruined the atmosphere from time to time.

  • Gummo

    Gummo 1997

    ★★★ Watched 20 May, 2016

    Going down the middle with this one. I feel like there is much to get here, but I don't feel like I got very much of it. Read somewhere that it is almost like an album, the way it is put together. You could watch one segment on its own, or you could throw on the whole thing. And the more you watch it, the more you start to like it or at least understand it. I like that. So maybe I will have to go back sometime. But not an easy watch at all, so we'll have to see about that.