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  • Fitzcarraldo 1982

    ★★★★½ Watched 17 Aug, 2014

    Herzog can shoot the jungle. Kinski knows how to move in it. If that ain't enough, take the shot of the steamship moving up the mountain. What a magnificent sight to behold.

    Herzog could very easily claim the title of most badass man in the world.

  • The Monuments Men 2014

    ★★½ Watched 16 Aug, 2014 2

    Well, this was just right down the middle. I remember a couple of instances where I was thinking something was completely stupid, but I just don't care enough about the film to recall. I've already forgotten half of it.

  • The Yards 2000

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Aug, 2014 2

    This has got to be one of the most dour and depressing movies I have ever seen. It's not even the terrible things that happen, it's the way they happen. It feels like it's just another day in this world. Things go on and nothing remarkable ever happens. Wahlberg is incapable of smiling here and Phoenix does his best tortured face, probably only surpassed in Gladiator. James Caan is always badass though.

  • The Raid 2 2014

    ★★½ Watched 15 Aug, 2014 6

    I don't even think it's a case of too high expectations. This wouldn't have worked for me even if people hadn't been praising it to high heaven. The Godfather of action movies? Come on.. The story is so standard it hurts. That doesn't have to be a problem though. I can get on the wagon that says this is all about the action, but let's be realistic here.

    Action films are not made for 2,5 hour running times. And please,…

  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2000

    ★★★ Watched 15 Aug, 2014

    It looks good but it really drags. Princess priceless or whatever her name is, was terrible. Well, her character was terrible I guess. She was constantly complaining and I never understood why she did or did not do the things that she did or did not do. The ending kind of came out of nowhere, and I definitely mean that as a criticism.

  • Miller's Crossing 1990

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 14 Aug, 2014

    The thing that gets me with Miller's Crossing is the world we're dumped into. There's something a little bit off, something not quite like other gangster films. There's violence, sure, and when it hits, it's brutal. But still, there's something different going on. The Coen's don't need to do any explaining or any setting up. This is the world, this is the language and what language! The tonal shifts, very slight ones at that, work so well. It seems so…

  • Red Cliff Part II 2009

    ★★★★ Watched 13 Aug, 2014

    Not quite as good as part 1 but they up the stakes battle-wise. Impressive choreography and planning of everything going on. It's let down a little by a few weird tonal shifts. Probably just due to differences in culture, so it's hard to knock the film down for that reason.

  • Red Cliff 2008

    ★★★★½ Watched 11 Aug, 2014 8

    The action scenes in this film are amazing. You will find no weird camera movement, shaking or otherwise here. It's all clear and very inventive. A little over the top perhaps, but it's fun and actually pretty brutal at times. So far, for part 1 it's easy to keep track of who is who. Takeshi Kaneshiro and Tony Leung are always great to watch.

    I was also surprised at all the interesting scenes that are included here. There's a pretty awesome old-time guitar duel, I would almost say. Badass stuff. Part 2 coming up.

  • The Boat 1981

    ★★★★★ Watched 10 Aug, 2014 2

    One of those epics that really earns its running time. There are some truly stunning scenes, talking both cinematography and intensity. After almost three and a half hours the ending really delivers in the perfect way.

  • Neighbors 2014

    ★★½ Watched 09 Aug, 2014

    Likeable leads for the most part but the tone was all over the place. I felt like I couldn't really latch onto anything. It had some pretty funny things but a lot of stuff was not up to A-game. Rogen always brings a little something and Rose Byrne is an actress I really like. Apart from that, it was too messy for me to enjoy very much.

  • Fearless 2006

    ★★½ Watched 07 Aug, 2014

    Decent fights but the story and the way it is told is pretty bad. I felt close to nothing throughout the entire film and because of this it felt way too long as well.

  • Under the Skin 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 05 Aug, 2014 8

    Not quite sure what to make of this one. The rating doesn't really cover it this time.

    I got a lot out of watching it which is where the stars go for now. If and when I get some thoughts sorted out, maybe things will change around. What I do know, without a doubt, is that it looks stunning and the score is out of this world, quality-wise. It was almost like a 2-hour standoff between the visuals and the score. The dust hasn't settled yet, so I ain't calling it.