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  • Enough Said

    Enough Said 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 24 Jan, 2015

    A sweet, understated romantic comedy. Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini each give moving performances and share fantastic chemistry together. It's a joy to just hear these two in conversation, to root for their budding relationship.

    My only beef is the wacky twist halfway through, which feels rather sitcom-y. But the resulting conflict and bittersweet outcome is worth it. And the coda sums up everything loveable about the story.

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 19 Nov, 2014

    I don't know about you, but the premise sounds dull enough that I would have passed on this movie if not for some really positive word of mouth. And am I glad I listened, because Whiplash is thrilling -- I mean, scenes of jazz band rehearsal had me actually thrilled more than any goddamn helicopter explosion or whatever probably could have.

    Miles Teller plays an unassuming college freshman, the kind of teen who still goes to the movies with his…

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  • It's Such a Beautiful Day

    It's Such a Beautiful Day 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 29 Mar, 2014

    A strange, painful, beautiful, lovely work of art. At once a harrowing microcosm and a soaring macrocosm . Normally, I roll my eyes at the term "masterpiece," but holy shit, what else would you call this.

  • The Thing

    The Thing 1982

    ★★★★★ Watched 17 Oct, 2014

    "YEAH -- FUCK YOU TOO"