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  • 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.

  • Blue Ruin

    Blue Ruin 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 10 Jan, 2015

    I didn’t know until after I watched Blue Ruin that it was a Kickstarter project. Nothing about this felt cheap. I suppose that’s what happens when the acting, directing, and writing are so dialed in.

    My knuckles were white the entire film, except during the joyous moment I recognized Devin as Buzz from Home Alone.

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1990

    ★★★ Rewatched 05 Jan, 2015

    TIL Sam Rockwell was a Foot Clan thug:

  • Rocky II

    Rocky II 1979

    ★★★ Rewatched 01 Jan, 2015

    I re-watch these for the Mickey quotes…

    Well now I don't wanna get mad in a biblical place like this, but I think you're a hell of a lot more than that kid! A hell of a lot! But now wait a minute, if you wanna blow this thing, if you wanna blow it, then damn it I'm gonna blow it with ya. If you wanna stay here, I'll stay with ya. I stay with ya.


    Chicken-chasing is how we used to train back in the old days. If you can catch this thing, you can catch greased lighting.

  • Scrooged

    Scrooged 1988

    ★★★★ Rewatched 24 Dec, 2014

    Murray and director Richard Donner didn’t get along perfectly…

    That could have been a really, really great movie. The script was so good. There's maybe one take in the final cut movie that is mine. We made it so fast, it was like doing a movie live. He [Donner] kept telling me to do things louder, louder, louder. I think he was deaf.

    I think you can tell. It feels a bit rushed and forced, like Murray being Murray (which…

  • Iron Eagle

    Iron Eagle 1986

    ★★ Rewatched 14 Dec, 2014

    The Goonies + The Karate Kid with planes

  • Rad

    Rad 1986

    ★★★½ Rewatched 01 Dec, 2014

    Take any sport, a blonde nemesis, teenage love, and serve it up with at least 2 montages. Bonus points if the montage music has words like thunder, lightning, glory, etc.