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  • 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)

  • Game of Death

    Game of Death 1978

    ★★ Watched 23 Mar, 2015

    Part archived Lee footage, part stand-in actor in silly glasses and beard… Worth it for the last 40 minutes: remember NES Kung FU?

    Don’t feel bad fast-forwarding through the first 2/3.

  • The Man from Nowhere

    The Man from Nowhere 2010

    ★★★★½ Watched 17 Feb, 2015

    Real talk: I shed a tear or two watching this movie—It’s a rarity for me and it has certainly never happened with a foreign language film.

    The acting, script, and character development are all great, but the direction is what got me. Watching the final scenes unfold at such a perfect pace with such nicely-framed visual cues charmed the hell out of me.

  • 13 Assassins

    13 Assassins 2010

    ★★★★½ Watched 07 Feb, 2015

    I started watching this film a year ago, but bailed after the first few minutes—totally overwhelmed by the intense portrayal of the victims. It comes with the territory when watching Takashi Miike films, but I wasn’t down for another 1.5 hours of gut-wrenching sorrow.

    I came back to it a year later, and I’m so glad I did.

    Those initial scenes outlining total massacre stuck with me, compounding over time. I’ve never loathed a villain more—further proof that you can’t…

  • Memento

    Memento 2000

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 25 Jan, 2015

    Sometimes when I watch Memento I pretend it’s another Cary Grant / Alfred Hitchcock movie. And then I like it even more.

  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin 2013

    ★★★ Watched 21 Jan, 2015

    Now I know what would have happened if Lebowski’s Treehorn dream sequence just kept going.

  • The Guest

    The Guest 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 15 Jan, 2015

    This movie belongs in a VHS videoplex. Not a bad thing.