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  • Cop Car

    Cop Car 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Aug, 2015

    I love the efficiency of this 86-minute film. You’re able to get a handle on each character so quickly—so easily—that I wish more movies would mimic the first 20 Minutes of Cop Car.

    Kevin Bacon plays a rotten cop whose panicked, furious reactions have got to be modeled after Wile E. Coyote. He’d be my favorite part had the portrayal of the two adolescent boys feigning confidence and daring each other deeper into trouble hadn’t been so spot-on.

  • Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

    Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Aug, 2015

    Mission Impossible films are typically good but not great by default. Tom doing stunts + his cohorts + solid action + car chases (without damn doves) is always enjoyable the way Chipotle is always good. It’s not surprising or particularly delightful, just reliable and predictable.

    The franchise moves beyond this with either an amazing villain or a strong directorial style. This movie had neither, and that’s why 3 remains my favorite. Philip Seymour Hoffman + J.J. Abrams set that installment…

  • Monkey Kingdom

    Monkey Kingdom 2015

    ★★★ Watched 07 Aug, 2015 1

    Unreal footage (in a good way), unreal story (in a bad way)

  • Shaun the Sheep Movie

    Shaun the Sheep Movie 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 06 Aug, 2015

    WALL-E (which is great in its own right) is acclaimed for its storytelling during 20 minutes with no dialogue. Shaun the Sheep has zero dialogue throughout the entire movie (and show)… only expressions, grunts, sighs, music, and charming stop-motion animation.

    It’s always refreshing to see so much done with so little.

  • Kingsman: The Secret Service

    Kingsman: The Secret Service 2015

    ★★★½ Rewatched 17 Jul, 2015

    Matthew Vaughn dropped out of directing an X-Men movie to direct a movie about a secret academy of kids in a mansion training to defend the world from an eccentric villain.

  • 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
    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!