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  • Eastern Promises

    Eastern Promises 2007

    ★★★★½ Watched 20 May, 2016

    Of modest scope, Eastern Promises carries all the weight of an epic crime drama thanks to its brilliantly acted & layered characters.

    I’m sad the sequel doesn’t seem to be happening because this felt like the beginning of something great.

  • The Witch

    The Witch 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 17 May, 2016

    The very best thing about this film is Ralph Ineson’s voice.

  • Badlands

    Badlands 1973

    ★★★★ Watched 04 May, 2016 1

    Back in the day Jed Bartlet put on his jean jacket the exact same way he puts on his suit jacket in the white house.

    I love Martin Sheen.

  • Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 05 May, 2016

    My comic book movie fatigue is still real, but Civil War did well to step back from the apocalyptic glass shattering city smashing that almost all hero movies are packaged in these days.

    I’m surprised to say that the cameos were my favorite part (Peter Parker trying to impress the dad/boss figure of Tony Stark & Scott Lang being starstruck by Steve Rogers). Each new face traded a few jokes, punched up the opposition, and promptly made an exit.

    The movie…

  • Lemonade

    Lemonade 2016

    ★★★★½ Watched 25 Apr, 2016

    “I’ll just watch a few minutes of this to see what the fuss is about”

    An hour later I realized I hadn’t moved or maybe even blinked.

    I love Bobby Bland’s Two Steps From the Blues. Lemonade reminds me of that, but with more layers as it presses far beyond scorned love.  I don’t know what I expected, but it wasn’t something as strong, personal, and well-developed as this.

  • Oldboy

    Oldboy 2003

    ★★★½ Watched 12 Apr, 2016

    Just putting this octopus eating GIF here for later.

  • The Outlaw Josey Wales

    The Outlaw Josey Wales 1976

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Apr, 2016

    “Get ready, little lady. Hell is coming to breakfast.”

  • Seven Samurai

    Seven Samurai 1954

    ★★★★★ Watched 10 Apr, 2016

    If you haven't seen Seven Samurai you need to.

    It’s a classic film unto itself, but it’s the grandpappy of all your favorites when you trace streams of influence back through cinematic history. Those “meanwhile, back at the ranch” wipe transitions didn’t start with Star Wars.

  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 2015

    ★★½ Watched 22 Mar, 2016

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

    Ha! Just kidding with the spoilers. I actually doubt I could tell you 3 things that happened in this movie, and I watched it yesterday.

  • 3:10 to Yuma

    3:10 to Yuma 2007

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 05 Mar, 2016

    Many westerns slow burn in the same direction. The villain becomes more dastardly as the plot develops, and the hero suppresses the skill and rage he was once known for until it’s time for some sweet justified retribution.

    3:10 to Yuma is different. The climax might seem to come in a blaze of bullets, but to me it comes via the subtle dialogue that proceeds. The characterization of villain and hero melt away into a pool of empathy—the result being…

  • Miami Vice

    Miami Vice 2006

    ★★★★½ Watched 26 Feb, 2016

    My inner douche bag is named Sonny Crockett and I don't care who knows it.

    I was completely enrapt within the first 2 minutes via the “go-fast-boats” scene. The mood was set, and no amount of cheesy clubbing or one-liners would break it for me. I think this is a partial credit to my gradual acceptance and love for the Fast & Furious franchise.

    “I’m a fiend for mojitos”

    My appreciation for wordless vibey movies like Drive (and even that aspect of the Miami Vice show) helped me take this movie for what it is—one of Michael Mann’s best films.

    Oh yeah, you want the director’s cut.

  • Hail, Caesar!

    Hail, Caesar! 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 15 Feb, 2016

    Lovely (loosely related) scenes