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  • Wizard Mode

    Wizard Mode 2016

    ★★★★½ Watched 19 May, 2016

    One of the best documentaries of the year, easily.

  • Shaun the Sheep Movie

    Shaun the Sheep Movie 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 16 May, 2016

    Delightful, absolutely delightful.

  • Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred

    Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred 2011

    ★½ Watched 16 May, 2016

    Sigh, watched as punishment thanks to the See You Next Wednesday Podcast.

    This gets an extra half-star because of Seth Morris and the fact that it actually wasn't 100% completely laugh-free as expected; this would be passable Disney-Channel style cartoony-crap with a few honest-to-goodness laughs if it weren't based around one of the most unbelievably and aggressively unfunny characters ever created.

    By the time the 80-minute running time was winding down though, I was ready to crawl into a hole and say goodbye forever.

  • Zootopia

    Zootopia 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 15 May, 2016

    As charming and amusing as it is engrossing as a buddy-cop crime yarn. Not quite on the Inside Out level of animated films tackling weighty subjects, but Zootopia is the kind of movie I could imagine I will come back to a few times thanks to its shaggy-dog hang-out kind of plotting.

  • The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader Murdering Mom

    The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader Murdering Mom 1993

    ★★★ Watched 14 May, 2016

    An extra half-star for the title alone.

  • Beautiful Losers

    Beautiful Losers 2008

    ★★★ Watched 11 May, 2016

    I would have gone ape for this, like, four or five years ago.

    An uneven, unfocused but fitfully inspiring - and often irritating - documentary about NYC's DIY art scene in the late-90s early aughts. A couple of the subjects are absolutely pretentious, while others I really dug; was great to see Mike Mills (Thumbsucker, Beginners) and his early work here, as well as Margaret Kilgallen who made some absolutely gorgeous artwork.

    It did remind me how amazing a skateboarder Mark Gonzales is though, and I'll probably go watch his segment in Blind's Video Days now... so there's that.

  • Times Square

    Times Square 1980

    ★★★★ Watched 09 May, 2016

    Grimy slice of coming-of-age featuring a pre-Giuliani New York and one of the best soundtracks ever committed to film. At once a Hollywood-ized slice of post-Saturday Night Fever (see: Robert Stigwood) dramatics and also a legitimately rendered romantic fantasy.

    Unfortunately, compromises during the films production makes this one just miss the masterpiece mark thanks to some uneven pacing due in part to removed scenes and a shifted focus. Many of the film's lesbian themes (which are still quite blunt as…

  • American Movie

    American Movie 1999

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 08 May, 2016

    "Is that what you wanna do with your life? Suck down peppermint schnapps and try to call Morocco at two in the morning? That's senseless! But that's what happens, man."

  • Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 08 May, 2016

    Make Mine Marvel™

    *Even if the movie builds to an oh-so-familiar feeling of "the gang's gonna get all back together again real soon, don't you worry!" and a major opportunity for huge stakes is side-stepped. For every three or four things this movie absolutely nails, there's one minor speedbump - or should it be rumble-strip? - to match. I'd say that's a pretty good ratio.

    Otherwise, it's a big ol' bucket of popcorn and that's absolutely fine by me, because I will gladly dig in again. Not quite The Avengers, but not nearly as uneven as Age of Ultron either.

  • City in Panic

    City in Panic 1987

    ★★★ Watched 07 May, 2016

    This shot-in-Toronto thriller-whodunnit with slasher-murder set-pieces desperately fumbles with ambitious subject matter (the murderer targets homosexual victims with AIDS and carves an M into their bodies while directly referencing Fritz Lang's M on a number of occasions) but ultimately lands as a watchable slice of canuxploitation.

    Right off the bat, the film riffs on Psycho, before settling into a mildly stylistic take on the genre while flipping gender tropes. While it's no Night Warning, it attempts to play things admirably…

  • The Flamingo Kid

    The Flamingo Kid 1984

    ★★★★ Watched 01 May, 2016

    A warm, likable and very funny movie. This one has been on my to-watch list for a while now, and I figured why not follow up Marshall's Mother's Day with his debut non-TV feature.

    It's a wonder to see so many elements that Marshall flubs hard in his modern pictures embedded in here - ADR lines that actually make sense and are genuinely funny, wonderful character moments that color the edges of the film and serve to move the story…

  • Mother's Day

    Mother's Day 2016

    Watched 01 May, 2016

    The only reason this escapes getting a half-star review is how forgettable it has proven to be in the past 24 hours.

    Otherwise it's an unfunny, ugly, inept piece of filmmaking stuffed to the gills with ADR and characters saying things like "I have abandonment issues!" instead of actually being realized characters with any kind of problems that in any way resemble real life.

    It's also racist, where Kate Hudson's stupid racist and homophobic parents never actually learn a lesson…