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  • Crimson Tide

    Crimson Tide 1995

    ★★★½ Rewatched 25 Jun, 2016

    A look at what happens when you put an aggressive, racist, xenophobe in charge of a group of people with two opposing perspectives.

    Denzel 2016!

  • 99 Homes

    99 Homes 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Jun, 2016

    The Big Short focuses on the few involved in the housing crisis that can say, “I told you so” while 99 Homes captures what it might have been like for the many who were crushed as a result. Understanding why is important, but I found this intense look at the lives of evictors and evictees more compelling.

    “Don't get emotional about real estate”

    I’m glad this film didn’t take its own advice because it turns out to be quite the empathy builder.

  • The Nice Guys

    The Nice Guys 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 18 Jun, 2016 5

    “Munich. What? Guy without his balls. A Munich.”

    Some jokes don't land, and the plot has to wiggle through some tight spots—but the physical comedy of Ryan Gosling and punchy dialogue makes The Nice Guys well worth a watch. It felt a little like the Aykroyd/Hanks Dragnet with a dash of The Big Lebowski’s wild goose chase.

  • Rio Bravo

    Rio Bravo 1959

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 26 May, 2016

    “Sorry don't get it done, Dude. That's the second time you hit me. Don't ever do it again.”

    A kindhearted movie about community wrapped in the western genre. Oh, and Quentin loves it too.

  • 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.