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  • What About Bob?

    What About Bob? 1991

    ★★★ Rewatched 28 Aug, 2015

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

    I first saw this movie during its original theatrical run, which is somewhat unusual as we didn't see that many live-action movies that weren't directed at families. I think my brother was interested to see it because he's always been an antagonist and the trailer suggested that Bill Murray was playing the kind of boundary-pushing troll that he liked to be at times.

    I, of course, hated the movie. I sided with Richard Dreyfuss's Dr. Marvin, rightly resentful of Bob's…

  • Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

    Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation 2015

    ★★ Watched 21 Aug, 2015 7


    Oh, I guess I should write more than that. Rogue Nation is built on action set pieces instead of character development, character relationships, ideas, and/or narrative suspense. My chief complaint about M:i:III is that it's a Spy-Fi Greatest Hits compilation, stitching together things from other spy movies instead of creating anything original, but even that movie had the screen presence of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman and the slick Vatican kidnapping.

    Rogue Nation lacks even those things. Maybe someone…

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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…