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  • Nashville 1975

    ★★★★½ Watched 28 May, 2014 4

    Masterful filmmaking. I should probably check out some more Altman stuff. I usually hate these interrelated stories where everyone meets but every now and then a great director makes it work for me. Needs more Goldblum though. That's one thing you have to be careful with. Once he's cast you got to have him in a lot of scenes.

  • Ip Man 2008

    ★★½ Watched 26 May, 2014 2

    Apart from the fight scenes which are pretty decent I really didn't dig this at all. It seems to have gotten mostly great reviews which I don't understand. The acting is pretty bad and the film looks... maybe not terrible but definitely on its way down that path. It's too long and the focus is all over the place. Donnie Yen has a weird smile.

  • The Outlaw Josey Wales 1976

    ★★★★½ Watched 26 May, 2014

    Fantastic western. Contains a boatload of Clint's finest and most badass moments. The shootouts are great with guns that roar like thunder (or Katy Perry if you prefer that), and the dialogue is written and delivered just like it should be. One of Eastwood's very best films.

  • Mission: Impossible 1996

    ★★★½ Watched 25 May, 2014 3

    For some reason this went down a lot in rating for me. It felt incredibly dated and I kept telling myself it was a great action movie but I couldn't shake that dated feeling. So many things that annoyed me this time around, mostly the filmmaking, since I always think Tom Cruise is great. Oh and Jon Voight is probably one of the worst actors ever. I can't stand that guy. Should be a picture of him if you look up smug in the dictionary.

  • Godzilla 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 16 May, 2014 8

    I'm a little disappointed since it had been getting such good reviews from many people. I think my biggest problem was every time there was a monster fight. It wasn't interesting and they felt drawn out or cut off too early depending on the situation. The effects were good and the film itself looked amazing, so that's always good. The score was pretty terrible though. Maybe not terrible, but it was too much. I liked some of it but after…

  • Allegro 2005

    ★★★½ Watched 08 May, 2014

    A little bit of a letdown. I guess when your debut film is as fantastic as Reconstruction you're gonna have a hard time living up to it with your second film. Ulrich Thomsen does his to carry this thing, but ultimately I have to agree with someone - I forget who, I'm sorry - who said that it feels like a short film stretched out into feature length. It's sort of interesting the full duration, but a lot of things…

  • Thunderbolt and Lightfoot 1974

    ★★★★ Watched 08 May, 2014 6

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

  • Someone to Watch Over Me 1987

    ★★★ Watched 06 May, 2014

    Decent crime-thriller, but very much stuck in the 80's. Lorraine Bracco is pretty good but character decisions are all over the place for everyone and the villain is very poor. A film like this needs a decent villain and we do not get it.

  • Rumble Fish 1983

    ★★★★ Watched 06 May, 2014 4

    Pretty cool flick. The look of the film is amazing and the one-thing-in-color-device really worked in this film. Great performances all around, though I did mostly enter with my Nic Cage marathon in mind and I left having been blown away completely by Mickey Rourke. I like the guy for the most part but man, he is incredible here. I love that he was based on Albert Camus and the way he went about that worked so well. Young Rourke is the best.

  • Valley Girl 1983

    ★★ Watched 05 May, 2014 4

    Going through unwatched Cage stuff this came up and I was not really looking forward to it (outside of the fact that Cage was in it of course - one always looks forward to a film on that basis). It played sort of like an 80's Grease, and while I like Grease there was more fun in that one than there is in this one. The girl of Cage's punk dreams, Julie, is probably the most shallow person ever (possibly…

  • Amour 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 05 May, 2014

    Probably a film that will linger for a long time in my mind. Fantastic fantastic performances by the leads. Haneke might go for the long still shots but at least he makes those shots good-looking.

  • Upstream Color 2013

    ★★★ Watched 03 May, 2014

    It looks good and I liked a lot of the scenes and things going on. Amy Seimetz is really good but Shane himself as an actor doesn't entirely work. I didn't like the actors who played the thief and the sampler. Most of their scenes felt almost amateur in a way. Maybe not amateur but the way those scenes were shot looked completely off. The drug stand-in is a hell of a cool visual and a great idea, but overall…