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  • Solaris

    Solaris 2002

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Jun, 2015

    Beautiful, subtle science-fiction that I can’t help but compare to Sunshine and Moon. It’s got the mysterious celestial body playing a main character just like Sunshine, but it doesn’t go very deep in that direction. Rather, it focuses on relationships and humanity like Moon. Unlike Moon, however, the focus isn’t as razor sharp. The ambiguity helps create the right mood, but leaves me with less empathy for the character(s) and satisfaction for the journey taken.

    Added to Watchlist: 1972 Solaris

  • Sunshine

    Sunshine 2007

    ★★★★½ Watched 13 Jun, 2015

    Solid science-fiction with a nice balance of originality and nods to earlier films (Alien, Space Odyssey). I can’t believe I didn’t know about this until now.

  • River's Edge

    River's Edge 1986

    ★★★ Watched 22 May, 2015 1

    Imagine a parallel universe where Crispin Glover replaces Johnny Depp in all his roles—especially Edward Scissorhands

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 15 May, 2015

    Proof that reboots don’t have to be shallow, money-grubbing schemes. Fury Road exceeded my already high expectations.

    It’s a
    toecutting
    car flipping
    metal grinding
    engine revving
    cirque du soleil looking
    post-apocalyptic masterpiece.

  • Commando

    Commando 1985

    ★★★ Rewatched 10 May, 2015

    Watch this film if you’re okay with more effort being put into the perfect flexing machine gun pose than the script. Oh, and you get to see Arnold and Alyssa Milano petting a deer!

    Fun fact: From John Matrix to John McClane—Arnold didn’t want to do a sequel, so the script was adapted to create one of the greatest Christmas movies of all time.

  • Best of the Best

    Best of the Best 1989

    ★★★★ Rewatched 01 May, 2015

    Eric Roberts cries more than he fights.
    Chris Penn is cured of his racism with a high five.
    Dropped ice cream cones summon the meaning of life.
    A team is not a team if you don’t give a damn about each other.

  • Bloodsport

    Bloodsport 1988

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 25 Apr, 2015

    My body's ready
    My heart's on fire
    I'm gonna push it over the wire
    Perfect timing
    Tight as a drum
    The final battle's already won

    I'm taking hold of every moment
    Given strength by the breath of life
    I'm gonna stake my claim
    I fight to survive! Kumite!

  • Sudden Death

    Sudden Death 1995

    ★★★½ Watched 11 Apr, 2015

    The first draft of the script for Sudden Death was a comedic parody. Considering the goal tending and penguin fighting scenes, it’s easy to see hints of silly still remain.

    Take the uzis down a notch, insert Ace Ventura or Fletch, and you got a whole ’nother thing.

  • The Fall

    The Fall 2006

    ★★★★ Watched 03 Apr, 2015

    The sort of lovely disjointed epic that leaves you wondering what could have been with a little more organization and refinement.

  • The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

    The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 10 Apr, 2015

    A pretty good documentary about an important story…

    To hear Sir Tim Berners-Lee speak about the much younger Aaron Swartz with such a sense of equal-ness and camaraderie really helped convey how important Aaron was.

  • Toy Soldiers

    Toy Soldiers 1991

    ★★★ Rewatched 08 Apr, 2015

    Samwise Gamgee leads a fearless group of 2nd string Tiger Beat magazine cover kids against a Mexican drug lord’s son… who looks exactly like Brand of Goonies fame. Oh, and Chappy crawls through a drainpipe.

  • Furious 7

    Furious 7 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 04 Apr, 2015

    This was my first time seeing a furious movie in theaters, and it quickly became apparent that there were 2 types of audience members…

    A) Ones who took (or tried to take) the movie p seriously
    B) The rest—who laughed their asses off the more absurd things got—which is the key to enjoying these movies. Embrace the cheese.

    And, oh gosh, the one-liners!

    “The thing about street fights... the street always wins.”

    “Why didn't you tell me we were married?”
    “You can't tell someone they love you.”

    “Daddy’s gotta go to work.”
    —The Rock (after CGI flexing an arm cast off)