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  • Wings of Desire

    Wings of Desire 1987

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Feb, 2016

    It's a beautiful-looking film, but it kept me at a little bit of a distance. There are many great scenes here - anything with Peter Falk is grand - but it feels a little cold. Whether by design or not, it still didn't click with me as much as I had hoped.

  • Sweet Smell of Success

    Sweet Smell of Success 1957

    ★★★★★ Watched 08 Feb, 2016 11

    90 minutes of straight fire. Tony Curtis, he tears through everything, goes through ups and downs, sells everything like it's nothing. Burt Lancaster - how have I never seen a film with him before? That haircut, man. The dialogue crackles and burns, it's mean, it's dirty, it's wonderful. That poster too, right? For my money, one of the best movies I have seen from the 50s. It handles everything so well.

  • No Country for Old Men

    No Country for Old Men 2007

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 07 Feb, 2016 4

    Incredible. Every shot - and I really do mean every single shot - looks fantastic. The entire film is flawlessly put together, it is truly the work of masters at the top of their game. From a filmmaking standpoint, this is probably the best thing the Coens have ever created. It's their own thing, while at the same time staying so close to Cormac McCarthy. I haven't read this book, but the dialogue and tone is right out of many of his other books.

  • The Big Short

    The Big Short 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 07 Feb, 2016

    It's full of great energy, and when the time came, it actually had way more depth than I had expected. It still feels a little light, but it hits pretty hard towards the end. Carrell delivers a great performance and Bale is just wonderful to watch. Even bigger fan of him after this one, shows a side of his acting that I hadn't really seen before, just in a subtle way.

  • A Woman Under the Influence

    A Woman Under the Influence 1974

    ★★★★★ Watched 06 Feb, 2016 4

    Powerhouse performances from Rowlands and Falk, just phenomenal stuff. 'A Woman Under the Influence' is pretty much unlike anything else I've seen. It feels incredibly real, but in an unreal way somehow. Many of the scenes go on slightly longer than expected and things get uncomfortable, and you're waiting for everything to work out and maybe it does and maybe it doesn't.

  • Amy

    Amy 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 05 Feb, 2016

    I like Kapadia's style of doc, but it worked even better in 'Senna'. There are some moments in here where it feels really manipulative, lingering on some frames that are supposed to make me feel this or that way. There's a shot of Amy at night that freezes, and Kapadia holds on it way too long. I get it, it looks ghostly, but it's more effective if it isn't overdone.

  • Stagecoach

    Stagecoach 1939

    ★★★½ Watched 04 Feb, 2016

    John Wayne certainly had that star quality. For me, this film was mostly worth watching for his performance.

  • Cold in July

    Cold in July 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 01 Feb, 2016

    Wonderful how it twists and turns. Don Johnson blows everyone out of the water. Not that everyone else isn't good, they're all great, but he is just amazing.

  • The Devil's Backbone

    The Devil's Backbone 2001

    ★★★½ Watched 01 Feb, 2016

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    It's missing a little something. There was not the same connection for me here as there was in Pan's Labyrinth. It looks gorgeous just like that film, and has some great moments, but the ghost in this doesn't do much and it feels a little nothing-y when the ending rolls up.

  • Cop Car

    Cop Car 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 31 Jan, 2016 2

    Straight to the point. Kevin Bacon is good fun, but my man Shea Whigham delivers 100 percent with the scenes he has. He is so much fun. All boosted by good cinematography and a pretty fantastic score.

  • Gone Baby Gone

    Gone Baby Gone 2007

    ★★★★ Rewatched 31 Jan, 2016 7

    Gotta dock a star on this rewatch. Compared to the book Angie is really sidelined here, which is a shame. She's a great character that would have added a lot if she had been included more. As is, I do like the focus on Casey Affleck's character. His performance is strong, and he sells the melancholy atmosphere that Affleck sets up. It does feel a little scattered all over the place, which is why it's not top marks anymore. You get a really good sense of the city, and it's incorporated really well into the film and plays a big part.

  • Ivan's Childhood

    Ivan's Childhood 1962

    ★★★★ Watched 30 Jan, 2016

    It looks absolutely amazing, especially considering it was Tarkovsky's debut, and the time it was released. It's really short, but packs a punch in those 90 minutes. Quite the haunting film that is way more straight forward than I had expected, though at the same time there is room for a little of Tarkovsky's lingering shots and special atmosphere.