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  • Bottle Rocket 1996

    ★★★★ Watched 30 Jun, 2014

    I'd been meaning to see Bottle Rocket for quite awhile anyway, so when friends proposed we watch a Wes Anderson movie, I was pleased when the voting went in its favor. The last Anderson work I'd seen was The Darjeeling Limited two years ago, which, if I didn't outright hate, I certainly didn't like much.

    What struck me most overall was how Bottle Rocket feels like a "movie", rather than a "film". I'm not necessarily a big fan of the…

  • Transformers: Age of Extinction 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 27 Jun, 2014

    Maybe one of the reasons that, despite writing film criticism for a legit movie website, I refrain from identifying as a "movie critic" is that I remain an unapologetic fan of the Transformers. Not that I'm an ardent enough fanboy to deny the shortcomings and offenses of the live action movies, but enough that I can concede these things while remaining enthusiastic for them overall.

    Going into Age of Extinction, I had a few hopes. One was that I loved…

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  • 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 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…