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  • Riley's First Date?

    Riley's First Date? 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 07 Feb, 2016

    Most of the Pixar DVD/Blu-ray shorts have been little more than glorified deleted scenes, so it's nice that Riley's First Date? is more than that. It's not quite a standalone short, but plays well as a coda to Inside Out. I kept thinking that Dad looks a lot like Bruce Campbell, which I think I kind of noticed in the film but not as clearly as I saw it here during the stare down scene. Still not a fan of…

  • Inside Out

    Inside Out 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 06 Feb, 2016

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

    Inside Out appealed to me from the moment I heard about its premise. It was released at a peculiar time for me personally, though, just ahead of my entering treatment for depression again, and I've resisted seeing it. However, I'm trying to see as many of the 88th Academy Award nominated movies as I can before the awards ceremony at the end of the month, and it's up for two so there was nothing for it but to go in…

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  • Sicko

    Sicko 2007

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 12 Nov, 2013 3

    Sicko came out in a particularly upsetting time in my life. I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2005. Two years later, my health was so unreliable that it was a major reason my family chose to close the doors on the business we'd owned and operated for twenty years. No single topic has dominated my daily life these last eight years more than the vulnerability of the sick and injured in America. Not even Batman.

    Michael Moore is still…

  • The Sting

    The Sting 1973

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 14 Nov, 2012 2

    The Sting is one of the rarest sorts of films: It's laden with plot twists and surprises, but knowing the payoffs doesn't detract from the joy of repeat viewings. Generally, stories with "Aha!" moments are thrilling the first time through but don't hold up to a second viewing. Not so with the 1973 Best Picture.

    I've seen The Sting several times over the years, most recently 7 March 2010 on DVD. I've loved it since I first saw it on…